Earlier this week, UFC president Dana White said the promotion was working towards their first show in Russia. M-1 founder Vadim Finkelstein is open to doing cross promotion between M-1 and the UFC.
“I don’t think the UFC will hold fights very often in Russia, maybe once a year to promote, but Russia is not the right place for them,” said Finkelstein to Combat Bear. “I’m ready to give them my champions if we can come to an agreement. We have a lot of experience.”
White said several times that he has no interest in doing cross promotion work with any non-Zuffa owned companies.
For years, the UFC attempted to bring Fedor Emelianenko in, but negotiations always failed. A major issue was that M-1 was looking to promote with the UFC, but the world’s largest MMA promotion wanted nothing to do with them.
Emelianenko retired over the summer and now serves as the president of the Russian MMA Union. Finkelstein is still attempting to bring Emelianenko out of retirement.
“I use every opportunity to convince Fedor to return,” said Finkelstein. “He still has more to show us.”