Fedor’s Plans To Join UFC On Hold – For Now

I had earlier reported that it was looking very likely that heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko was going to sign with the UFC – perhaps as soon as this Friday.  Well folks, there’s been a change of plans.

Thanks to the fine folks over at M-1 Global – specifically M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein – Emelianenko’s plan to join the UFC has been put on ice for the foreseeable future; according to CBS Radio MMA host Carmichael Dave, the UFC offered Emelianenko a 6-fight, $30 million deal – easily the best deal in the MMA.

In addition, he was going to be given an immediate title shot against Brock Lesnar, with M-1 Global receiving a percentage of the Lesnar-Emelianenko PPV.  Not only that, but Emelianenko would have been able to wear the M-1 Global logo on any of his attire and would have been allowed to utilize combat sambo in the Octagon – a bone of contention in the past.

But as has been the custom with M-1, they insisted on co-promoting the event with the UFC – which you know isn’t going to happen under Dana White’s watch.  Finkelchtein added that progress could possibly be made, just not right now.  What Finklechtein is looking for in this scenario is to negotiate with other MMA organizations. including Strikeforce.  So as of this post, Fedor and the UFC realizing a partnership has been put on hold for right now, although in the crazy world of the UFC, anything is possible.

As always, stay tuned to Octagon Buzz on this everchanging situation involving Emelianenko, M-1 Global and the UFC.

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