Negotiations between the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko’s camp have hit a bit of a stalemate, to say the least. The UFC will not co-promote any events with M-1 Global, something that Fedor ’s manager and M-1 owner, Vadim Finkelchtein, insists upon. Outside of that, they are willing to talk.
“We are open to any offer,” Finkelchtein said. “The issue really is with the UFC, not with us. We are ready to fight the UFC champions.”
Just like the last time he was a free agent, the UFC are refusing to allow M-1 Global to ride their coattails to any massive paydays. While the UFC doesn’t need Emelianenko to draw blockbuster pay-per-view numbers – they have and will continue to do that with or without him – with him they would likely set all-time records.
Even if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean that M-1 automatically gets the right to dip into the UFC’s profits. M-1 needs a new plan of attack before Fedor gets too old, or someone pulls off an upset on one of the rinky-dinky shows they plan to showcase him on.
“The UFC’s roster is occupied by a vast majority of American athletes,” Finkelchtein said. “Not every single best fighter is under their banner, so don’t believe the hype. There is no real international diversity.”