Fedor Emelianenko’s manager and M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein recently sat down with M-1Mixfight.com to discuss Affliction: Banned, future projects and the possibility of Fedor Emelianenko fighting in the UFC. Below are some of the more interesting tidbits from that conversation:
Finkelstein On Fedor vs. Sylvia:
The fight was amazing, the speed, hit-and-run attack and the final. Fedor has exceeded all my expectations. I thought that this fight would continue about 3 or 5 minutes, that contestants will box and wrestle, Fedor would look for the possibility to move Tim to parterre and Tim gonna prevent this, but the reality came over all the expectations – Fedor had moved twice faster then Tim and wiped him off like a storm. This fight was very important for a few reasons. Finally American audience had a good look at Fedor, because before that a lot of people haven’t seen him and it made a lot of arguing about who is the best fighter in the world.
Fedor has finished this arguing. Dana White told a lot of ridiculous and offensive things about Fedor – and they occurred to be meaningless – his four-times UFC champion has been destroyed by Fedor for 36 seconds. Now nobody can tell that Fedor fights with weak contestants to whom were reconed a lot of very famous and strong fighters. We are trying to find the strongest cotestants for him because of Fedor’s level, for example our project “Fighting Fedor” should prove that a right to fight with Fedor should be deserved.
Finkelstein On The Possibility Of Fedor And Randy Couture Fighting In The UFC This Year:
Couture said that he is ready to fight with Fedor. I can tell you that if UFC will negotiate with us then this fight can happen this year, maybe within the bounds of our joint tournament with UFC. We are ready to negotiate, the fighters are ready, everything is ready, the only deal is with UFC policy headed on their separation and singularity.
Finkelstein On Aleksander Emelianenko:
I do not clearly understand what has happened because we found out that Alexander had been debarred right before weighting procedure. I suppose that California commission has debarred Alexander because he was not in time to the date of medical examination – 13th of July, but it had happened because we had problems with visa in American embassy. For example Alexander’s seconds didn’t get visas without any explanations and that is why Alexander came only at July,15. Maybe they haven’t done some tests and it became a reason why commission didn’t allowed Alexander to fight.
Finkelstien On Alexander’s Next Fight:
We do have some variants right now. Maybe he will take place in superfight at the next M-1 Challenge tournament in Korea or at one of the nearest Dream tournaments.