Are you trying to wrap your mind around Fedor’s decision to once again forgo a contract with the UFC? Well, it sounds like he had quite a few reasons to do so, like 2.5 million reasons to do so.
According to a report from veteran and well trusted journalist Dave Meltzer, the fighter is set to earn $2.5 million for his fight in Japan, which will take place on New Years Eve.
Fedor announced the news at this past weekend’s Bellator ‘Dynamite’ event. He entered the cage and said that he would be signing with former Pride FC boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara, who is starting a new promotion in Japan. This first event will be somewhat cross promoted with Bellator and will air on Spike TV.
The report also says that sources say the UFC were in fact in negotiations with Fedor and it seemed close getting finalized. Unfortunately that’s not what happened.
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Japanese news sources have reported the show being held at the Saitama Super Arena, which makes sense. They’ve also reported that Emelianenko will earn $2.5 million guaranteed for the show, which tells you why he didn’t sign the UFC, since it’s guaranteed and most likely he’ll face a lesser opponent than he would in UFC. UFC had been negotiating with him and it did seem they were close. UFC sources said they were under the impression Emelianenko signed a two-fight deal with Sakakibara’s group.
It is believed the show is being financed by an oil-rich foreign investor who already has a stake in the MMA business. Whether he’s agreed to invest for one show, or a regular promotion, is unknown.
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