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Friday, 11/25/2011, 09:11 am

MMA NEWS – M-1 Global Lobbying For Emelianenko vs. Velasquez In Russia


In an almost laughable scenario, the brass behind Russian based fight promotion M-1 Global (who also manage Fedor Emelianenko) have gone on record to try and lobby the UFC to give “The Last Emperor” a fight with former UFC heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.

Apparently they think that win over Jeff Monson last weekend has given them the bargaining power to challenge one of the best heavyweights on the planet.

Here is what manager; Vadim Finkelchtein had to say to Russian based media outlet Champianat.ru:

We are determined to move forward, and would like to offer the UFC a fight between Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko. M-1 Global would take a full responsibility of organizing the fight sometime during 2012 in Moscow, Russia. I can guarantee Dana White great revenue from this fight, and a record-breaking attendance. M-1 Global is ready for dialogue, and would be happy to consider an option of organizing such tournament with combined efforts. I will make an offer to “my best friend” pretty soon, so we’ll see what he has to say.

A lot of fans want to see this fight, but it’s all up to the UFC. Velasquez is coming off a loss, and is no longer the UFC Heavyweight Champion, so instead of climbing the ladder again, he could just fight one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA. Last Sunday’s event proved how big is the interest for Mixed Martial Arts in Russia. So if we can put this fight together, we’ll need something bigger than Olympic Sports Arena.

As for now, our main goal is to finalize the remaining details of Fedor’s next fight in Japan, but the idea of Fedor vs. Velasquez is still something we’ll be working on simultaneously.

I will however give them credit for trying, but do they really think that anyone over at the UFC would even consider this as a viable option for Velasquez, or any heavyweight on their roster for that matter?

These guys burned their bridges with the UFC a long time ago, as noted by Dana White’s official twitter response when he heard the news of such a request.

“Hell no!” read the statement from White.


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44 Comments to MMA NEWS – M-1 Global Lobbying For Emelianenko vs. Velasquez In Russia

  1. magoo says:

    What a bunch of fukcen knobs,it aint gonna happen although I wished it would…..Cain would retire Fedor….the end!

  2. magoo says:

    I’m not sure who I dislike more Finklestein or Soares, Be nice to see them in the cage beatin the piss outta each other…haha

    • Mike McMack says:

      Finklestein runined Fedors career by not taking the contracts the UFC offered in 2009. Fedor was offered $5 million a year in 2009, and I know some idiots think Dana lied about it but when you hear GSP saying he makes $5 mil a fight then it’s not hard to believe that Fedor would have been offered the same in 2009 when he was still undefeated. Finklestein wanted to co promote any event as a UFC/M-1 global production to take half of everything along with that. The UFC said no and their saying no now because M-1 doesn’t deserve to be mentioned alongside a first class organization like the UFC.

      Other than Fedor being on their roster M-1 is a bottom of the barrel organization, how can they think they’re worthy to approach the UFC for a co promotion event. They’re not even worthy to apporoach Bellator for something like this. Fedor needs to be signed to the UFC just like every other fighter on their roster in order to fight one of their guys. People can say whatever they want about the UFC being greedy but other than Pride the UFC is the reason MMA has grown to become what it is today. All of the best fighters under one umbrella means we as fans get the best matchups with nobody ducking anyone because they all have the same bosses. If Vadim and his greedy crew would allow Fedor to sign a fair contract with the UFC we would see Fedor where he belongs fighting the best in the world but money>Fedor’s legacy and fans to M-1 global.

      Oh well, Fedor is still one of the best ever and that will never change IMO. Pride was something special and Fedor was a big reason for that.

  3. smh says:

    can this competition dodger and his moron management go away, NO jeff Monson along with your entire record is not relevant, go fight more LHW or fight a middlewieght again fedor, we all know you dont fight Heavyweights, dana wont let u fight any UFC fighter your already a proven bum.

    • Dante says:

      dude, i admit the mans had a rough last few years …but im more than sure he is no “bum”
      hes fought tough dudes man.. alot of whom are in the ufc or were in the ufc
      hendo, nog x3, cro cop, randleman, hunt, hearring ect
      alot of legit dudes, while they were sharp
      imo i think he does belong in the ufc…… just so we can all see wheres he truly sits as a HW
      idunno thats just my op

      this i know: uncle fedor deserves erybodies respect !

      • DontBeScaredHomie says:

        How can you say he belongs in the UFC? You must be fucking retarded he would be a facebook prelim fighter if he got lucky.

    • Calvin says:

      Ok at one point PRIDE was better than the UFC and during that time Fedor kicked ass so there is no way you can act like had not accomplished something that’s just ignorant

  4. MJJ says:

    What a joke, Fedor should have made a deal when he was still relevant and the UFC was interested, now that his brand is diminished, the his pathetic management wants a big payday, sorry that door is closed and as a fight fan, I have no desire to see a washed up, fat heavy weight, who could fight at 205 if he trainned hard enough, fight a top 3 heavyweight. To leap from,going the distance with Monson to fighting Cain, and calling it a fight everyone wants to see is beyond ignorant.

  5. Dante says:

    yeah they shouldve signed while his stock was high .. but still
    theres alot of guys in the ufc HW div thats no where near fedors level ( the current fedor)
    mark hunt, joey beltrain , hell even cro cop is fading, but he gets the opportunity to fights top level guys
    i think fedor should be in the ufc but should work his was up! he shouldnt get someone like Cain right away.. hell no! but he can still give alot of ufc heavys a run for their money…. u dont think?

  6. Lex w says:

    Lol this would never happen

  7. KingGareth says:

    I’d let Fedor fight Roy Nelson… but no one better as a first UFC fight.

  8. Scott says:

    WAIT did they say “we would like to offer the ufc a fight” UFC makes offers for fights not other way around! these dudes are morons!

  9. joe says:

    hahahahahahahahahaha these guys are on drugs

  10. Ninjaman says:

    UFC should put their money where their mouths are because if they do have the best of the best then they need to do this fight. Forget promotions and all that white collar crap and make this fight a reality. Fedor is a legend and he still has what it takes to make the world once again realize that he is the best in the business for at least 5 more rounds!

  11. pk9grrr says:

    well i wouldnt be surprised if something did happen ,if not now then later …somewhere in this bunch of political bullshit,arguements,and deception is the medium ,and thats business and dollar signs…war fedor!!

  12. AJR80 says:

    LMFAO Fedor beats a tomato can and “Vadummy” thinks he’s got his golden goose back again lol. “Vadummy” REALLY has lost his mind, he’s trying to flog the dead horse as usual. If Fedor DID fight a pissed off Cain after loosing his title the Octagon would look like a murder scene after the fight. ANY top ten UFC HW would have DEMOLISHED EVERY SINGLE opponent Fedor has EVER faced and would have gone 37-0. Apart from Cro Cop and Big Nogg Fedor’s opponents have been pathetic. Hong Man Choi and Bobb Sapp???………Seriously??? Just look at Fedor’s list of opponents and it says it all. The ONLY decent competition he faced in the last five or so years was in Strikeforce and he went 1-3 and one of those losses was to a true MW.

  13. Steve says:

    Bob sapp wasnt allowed to fight in K-1 after he was going to win for a 3rd time. You are a fucking idiot.

  14. The Refutor says:

    Fedor aint worth a shit

  15. Long-Strong says:

    i would watch it… what’s with all this Fedor hate, guys?

  16. Sean says:

    Cant believe how many ppl think fedor is absolutely nothin because of a couple losses(two of which were to guys that seriously outsized him). I do think that cain would be a really tough fight for him or anyone but i would never say he couldn’t pull it off.

  17. The lack of respect of keyboard warriors these days is disgusting. Fedor is not an easy fight for anyone and for any of you pussies to say hes not the best HW of all time is simply just wrong, bias, and a hater. Let me know when you keyboard warriors accomplish 1/200th of what he has.

  18. Zack says:

    Fedor is a boss

  19. mmaislandjunkie says:

    danas scared. too much to lose if fedor did beat cain. as far as i know dana has been on a world market mma craze but has never had ufc in russia. fedors event in russia had more ppl in attendance than shogun vs hendo. sometimes dana shouldbt be so into himself and think about the big picture, he handles business like a lil girl.

    • AAxAntonio says:

      you most be one of the nuts who claim fedor was one of the greatest ever, i think fedor might be the greatest MINOR league fighters, but in the ufc he would have no chance. hahha handling business like a girl? he took a million dollar company with the fertitas and turned it into a billon dollar company, yea horrible business, hahahahahahha

  20. Josh says:

    Bring couture out of retirement and let him retire fedor.

  21. xxLUDAxx says:

    Fedor is Velasquez’s Hero. This will be a great fight!

  22. Dana won’t let Cain go and fight against Fedor in Russia.. Fedor looked a lot better against Monson, but it was Monson not a top 10 HW. It wouldn’t surprised me if M-1 got Fedor juiced up since he’s fighting in russia. Fedor looked like he packed on muscle against monson.

  23. mmaislandjunkie says:

    i wonder what homocop chart thinks about fedors win, i bet his snitch ass wants fedor to retire and is happy bj is semi retired now. he can only cheer for the juicers who are eloquent with words since he himself is a dipshit idiot. just cuz u drink chaels sperm chartai it doesnt make u any smarter, in fact it makes u a lot dumber. please enlighten us with ur insightful input u homocop clown.

  24. T.DADDY says:

    LMAO! let it go already.. gaydor will never beat Cain and will never fight in the UFC.. it will blow there mind..lmao!!! na what will blow my mind is if u get of gaydors nuts…

  25. magoo says:

    YEA!! you got a point thre its kinda like GSP,the haters and supporters would tune in…….good call!

  26. pk9grrr says:

    fedor needs that extra fire and desire to really enjoy beating someone up and winning ,thats what hendo has now ..i reckon fedors too pure and needs some balance maybe his rasputin friend should spike his drink with some good shit and introduce fedor to the seedy side of life now and then

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