M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox recently sat down with Brigham’s Blog to discuss a number of issues including Fedor’s upcoming fight in Japan, the possibility of Fedor vs. Couture being made, and the future of M-1 Global.
Monte Cox On His Association With M-1 Global And Signing Fedor Emelianenko:
I was looking for a promotion that had something other promotions didn’t… I wasn’t sure what that was at the time, but I knew I didn’t want to just sign up a bunch of fighters and start doing shows like everybody else… getting the top fighter in the world gave us something special, something to work around.
Cox On Fedor’s Opponent On NYE:
There are a lot of politics and issues when you do fights in Japan. We are trying to get all the Japanese organizations to work together and we needed the opponent for Fedor to be from K-1. We looked at the Grand Prix and Choi was the only guy excited to do the fight. It will be a big deal in Japan and Korea; and that was the major concern, not how U.S. fans felt about it. I would tell the [US] fans to be patient. We’ve been an organization for like 10 weeks and are working hard to get things in order. We don’t want to be buried in debt right off the bat like others have been. We want to be around for a long time.
Cox On Trying To Work Out A Cross Promotion With The UFC To Put On Fedor-Couture:
All I know is that I sent an email to Dana White and Joe Silva, saying we would be interested in putting a Fedor-Randy fight together and asking if there was any interest. I didn’t get a reply. As far as why they didn’t choose to move on the offer, I don’t know. I’m sure they have their reasons.
Cox On His Interest In Making The Fight Without The UFC:
You know, I hear all the stuff, but there is going to be a lot of legal battling between Randy and the UFC before this gets settled. I’m in the wait and see mode right now. If he becomes available, and wants to do the fight, I’d be crazy not to pursue it.
Cox On A Potential TV Deal For M-1:
Monte Cox: We’ve talked to about everybody there is to talk to… from networks to HBO to HDNet… we’re working on some deals that hopefully we’ll be able to announce in a couple weeks.
Cox Also Asks Fans To Be Patient:
[The] UFC wasn’t built in a few months we are going to need time to build up to that level. Hopefully, we’ll put on some exciting fights along the way and develop a great following.