Aleksander Emelianenko, brother of Fedor Emelianenko, feels that Fedor’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein, is the reason why the UFC and his brother can’t come to terms on a deal. Aleksander believes that Finkelstein is only interested in pushing his own business projects through his brother’s fights.
“You can deal with UFC, I know that they have flexible contract system,” Aleksander Emelianenko told Sports.ru. “All these talks about ‘strict’ contract terms with signing with UFC, come ONLY from Vadim Finkelstein, who wants to push his owns business projects through Fedor’s fights”
Fedor appeared to be headed to the UFC in June of 2007, however negotations failed after Finkelstein demanded that the UFC work with his Russian M-1 Global promotion and permit Emelianenko to compete in combat sambo tournaments.
The UFC has since stated that they may allow Fedor to continue to compete in sambo to sign him. However, Finkelchtein still wants Fedor’s fights to be co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global, a term virtually guaranteed to not be accepted by the UFC.
“This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about,” Finkelchtein told Mixfight.ru over the weekend. “We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global.”
Fedor Emelianenko will address the public with a press conference on Wednesday. Stay tuned to fightline.com for more on this story following the press conference.