It looks like no one is to blame for Fedor going to Japan expect for Fedor himself. Fans were not very happy when it was announced that the MMA legend would once again forgo the UFC and will instead be fighting in Japan for the new ‘Rizin Fighting Federation.’
Fedor’s longtime manager and M-1 head Vadim Finkelchtein recently revealed that he has no part in the decisions that Fedor has been making and thinks that the new Japanese promotion is shady and just trying to ride on Fedor’s back.
Check out what he had to say, via the promotion’s official website:
“Fedor makes all the decisions by himself now. In our past, all troubles and accusations used to befall on me. They said that I was the reason that Fedor didn’t fight in UFC. But now I say officially: I don’t have any relations to this one. Nothing. My professional opinion: all they do now is some kind of shady enterprise. That’s clear they have such kind of draw as Fedor. But you can’t ride on his back forever. You don’t play cards with the Ace only, right? If they manage to get a decent team… But they need to entice more fighters, and pay huge money. I have a great fighters in M-1 and the only problem is that they’re being enticed by UFC. Where does Japan get top fighters? I don’t know. Maybe some of them will be provided by Bellator or KSW. Still, I don’t know any fighter of top level in KSW, except Mamed Khalidov. As for Jaideep Singh, I think he is no match to Fedor Emelianenko. Too weak opposition for him.”