UFC president Dana White has never been muted with his criticism toward Fedor Emelianenko’s management team, M-1 Global, and he recently reamed the “crazy Russians” in a video interview with MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani for mismanaging The Last Emperor’s career.
M-1 Global’s Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan recently spoke with FCFighter.com in response to White’s pointed diatribe, which he says is good for little more than humor.
“I don’t really know why he says a lot of the stuff he says,” said Kogan. “I don’t really want to offer my opinion on that other than to say that the general point of this is the promotion, it makes for drama, it makes people say ‘Ooh, that’s interesting. I’ll buy the next pay-per-view’ or whatever… that’s par for the course in promoting.”
Kogan painted a different picture than the one portrayed by White — in which M-1 Global uses Emelianenko as a proverbial milking cow, squandering what could truly be a legendary career — explaining that there’s much more to things than meets the eye.
“There is so much stuff that’s go on behind the scenes, that people don’t know about, that we won’t talk about, which for us, I look at his interviews and it just makes me laugh, it’s just funny,” said Kogan. “It’s laughable that those things are said… All the stuff that happens behind the scenes, it changes the picture very significantly.”
There are several rumors floating around as to what Emelianenko’s next move will be, with many expecting him to headline one or more M-1 Global-run events before joining up with the emerging Showtime/ProElite/CBS partnership.