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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