Bloody Elbow’s Michael Rome is reporting that M-1 Global and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko filed a lawsuit against Affliction on October 29th. M-1 is claiming that among other things, Affliction colluded with the UFC to cancel “Affliction: Trilogy,” which caused M-1 Global to breach several international contracts.
The strange thing about the lawsuit is that Fedor is still an Affliction sponsored fighter, as can be seen by the t-shirts they are still producing, as well as on the TV spots featuring the heavyweight stud.
Here’s an excerpt from Rome’s story from earlier today:
“After reading the complaint, it seems possible that M-1 believes the UFC was somehow involved in the cancellation of Affliction’s third show.”
One of the allegations states that Affliction, Strikeforce and M-1 had reached an agreement in principle to have Brett Rogers step in for the suspended Barnett.
The suit claims that Affliction had lied about attempting to find a replacement for Barnett in order to buy time to secure an agreement with the UFC to once again become a sponsor (Affliction had previously been banned from sponsoring UFC fighters after starting their own promotion a couple years back).
Clearly, the suit comes out of left, but the kicker is that M-1 Global and Co. are stating that Affliction decided to go belly up even though they were aware that M-1 would lose out on multiple international deals because of it.
The really strange part is that it comes on the week of Fedor’s Strikeforce and US primetime debut, as he will be meeting Brett Rogers this Saturday on CBS.
Oh, and let’s not overlook the Russians accusing that the UFC had been in cahoots with Affliction to cancel their last show.
I wonder what else might come out of this can of worms.