Fedor Emelianenko

M-1 Global, Fedor Agree to Release


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NEW YORK - M-1 Global announced today a mutual agreement with Vadim Finkelchtein, manager of former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko, to release the heavyweight from his contractual obligations.
?“There is so much going on in the world of mixed martial arts right now that we have decided it is in our best interest if our company and Fedor go our separate ways”,? said M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox.
?“During the past six months the landscape of MMA, especially in the U.S., has dramatically changed,” Cox said. “The sport continues to gain mainstream acceptance and we believe we will be in a better position to capitalize on these new opportunities with this agreement.?”

“Because Finkelchtein already uses the ?M-1? name in Russia and Europe, we have mutually decided to avoid any confusion between our two organizations. Shortly, M-1 Global will announce a new name for its operations and its first event.? Fedor is a tremendous fighter and a great person? we wish him only the best in his future endeavors”,? Cox said.
?“We appreciate the support that Monte and the M-1 Global team have given Fedor”,? Finkelchtein said. “We wish M-1 Global great success and hope to work with them sometime in the future.?”

Report: EliteXC Offers Fedor Four-Fight Deal


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Elite Xtreme Combat has reportedly offered former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko a four-fight contract.

The news comes from a report by Nokaut.com and has since been confirmed by our friends at MMA Junkie.

The deal would apparently involve Emelianenko receiving at least somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000 per fight, not including pay-per-view revenue and other potential future bonuses. The contract would also run through the fall of 2009 and would have the Russian’s first two fights air live on CBS.

Fedor’s younger brother Aleksander would also be offered a deal with EliteXC, as well as other select members of the Red Devil Fight Team that the two train out of.

A source close to Emelianenko and M-1 Global recently informed Sherdog.com that an actual deal was never signed between Emelianenko and the organization that announced plans to begin holding worldwide events under new ownership late last year but still has yet to do so.

The source also went on to say that the return of a $1.5 million signing bonus Emelianenko received as part of sending a letter of intent to compete inside the confines of the promotion would likely pave the way for the former PRIDE heavyweight champion to offically become a free agent. M-1 Global officials have since refuted the report.

The prospects of a fight between Randy Couture and Emelianenko happening under the EliteXC banner would be absolutely huge for the promotion. The chances of it happening also increased recently when Couture stated in a recent interview that he didn’t have a preference where the fight took place, as long as it didn’t take place in the UFC.

Among the many organizations lining up to bid for the Russian’s services, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Emelianenko’s management team have both confirmed that they are interested in speaking with each other once again in hopes of striking a deal.

While negotiations between the two sides ended badly last time around, one has to assume that Emelianenko may be looking for a solid home after his dilemma with M-1 Global. At least the UFC has some competition this time around.

Interesting Wait: Shaw Talks Couture-Fedor


Gary Shaw (center) speaks at an Elite Xtreme Combat press conference. Photo by Tom Casino/EliteXC.

Among those fielding answers on Tuesday’s conference call for next weekend’s Elite Xtreme Combat and Strikeforce co-promoted “Shamrock vs Cung Le” event included EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw.

When it comes to the drama involving Randy Couture and his desire to fight the world’s top heavyweight in Fedor Emelianenko, Shaw has been relatively conservative in his answers. With the Ultimate Fighting Championship handing lawsuits out like candy these days, it’s no surprise.

Neither was Shaw’s answer when asked why his name and promotion were not being linked to rumors about a potential home for a showdown between the two legends of the sport by Chris Fries of The Lights Out Show, a member of the TAGG Radio network.

“I won’t do anything until Randy Couture is absolutely out of his contract with the UFC,” Shaw said. “Everybody knows me and my reputation. I do not tortuously interfere with anybody’s contract with any fighter. I respect the fighter, I respect the contract, and believe it or not, I respect the UFC. I don’t deny that I have had talks with Fedor, but I have not approached Couture and I can’t approach Randy until I know he is out of everything with the UFC.”

However pretending that all of the smoke had cleared and both fighters were free men, Shaw’s answer to playing host to a fight between the two was loud and clear.

“I would sign it in less than a heartbeat,” said Shaw.

The prospects of a fight between Couture and Emelianenko happening under the EliteXC banner would be absolutely huge for the promotion. The chances of it happening also increased recently when Couture stated in a recent interview that he didn’t have a preference where the fight took place, as long as it didn’t take place in the UFC.

“I don’t care where it happens as long as it doesn’t happen in the UFC,” Couture said in the interview. “Outside of that, I don’t care where it happens as long as it does happen.”

Among the many organizations lining up to bid for the Russian’s services, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Emelianenko’s management team have both confirmed that they are interested in speaking with each other once again in hopes of striking a deal.

While negotiations between the two sides ended badly last time around, one has to assume that Emelianenko may be looking for a solid home after his dilemma with M-1 Global. EliteXC officials will be praying that he doesn’t choose the house of Dana White and company.

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Report: Fedor Never Under Contract With M-1


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As if all the drama involving Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 Global wasn’t already mind-boggling enough, a contract that reportedly never even existed between the two might do it for you.

A source close to both sides has come out and revealed to Sherdog that an actual deal was actually never signed between Emelianenko and the organization that announced plans to begin holding worldwide events under new ownership late last year but still has yet to do so.

The source also went on to say that the return of a $1.5 million signing bonus Emelianenko received as part of sending a letter of intent to compete inside the confines of the organization will likely pave the way for the former PRIDE heavyweight champion to offically become a free agent.

Apy Echteld, one of Emelianenko’s agents, revealed earlier this month that his client would become a free agent after his current contract with M-1 Global ran out. So was there or was there not a deal set in stone? We may never know.

Fans craving a showdown between Emelianenko and Randy Couture will be ecstatic to know that among the many organizations lining up to bid for the Russian’s services, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Emelianenko’s management team have both confirmed that they are interested in speaking with each other once again in hopes of striking a deal.

However it should also be known that Couture, who was once said he would return to the UFC provided the promotion was able to sign Emelianenko, has now changed his tone.

When asked if he cared where a potential fight against Emelianenko would take place in a recent interview with M-1 MixFight, Couture stated that he didn’t have a preference, as long as it didn’t take place in the UFC.

“I don’t care where it happens as long as it doesn’t happen in the UFC,” Couture said in the interview. “Outside of that, I don’t care where it happens as long as it does happen.”

Hunt to Make DREAM Debut in May


Mark Hunt throws a left hand at Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.

Former PRIDE heavyweight contender Mark Hunt, who has not fought since being submitted by Fedor Emelianenko on New Year’s Eve 2006, has revealed that he will be returning to active competition in mixed martial arts this May.

The news comes from Rogue Magazine, who recently sat down for an interview with the 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion.

According to Hunt, he will be fighting inside the confines of DREAM after taking on Semmy Schilt in a K-1 bout at the organization’s world grand prix in April.

‘My contract with K-1 only has one kickboxing match, the rest of my fights will be under MMA rules,” Hunt said in the interview. K-1 and DREAM are partners so my fights will fall under the new promotion. It’s good, suits me fine. I didn’t really want to fight K-1 since I’ve already won the title but I’m always up for a challenge.”

So are there any potential opponents for Hunt? Interestingly enough, he seemed to beat around the bush when Fedor was put into the equation.

“A fight against Fedor Emelianenko is another fight that will happen in the near future,” Hunt said. “That’s it for the moment though, I can’t say anymore about it.”

After nearly five years as a professional kickboxer, Hunt bursted onto the MMA scene in 2004 and quickly shocked the world with consecutive upsets over Wanderlei Silva and Mirko Cro Cop. Since then the New Zealand native has split his last four fights and has been concentrating on his part-time pro wrestling career during his time off since the demise of PRIDE.

Touch of gloves to MMA Man Japan for the find.

Fedor to Become Free Agent, UFC Interested?


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It seems that the world’s top heavyweight’s relationship with M-1 Global will be over just about as soon as it started.

In a recent interview with ESPN the Magazine‘s Ryan Hockensmith, one of Fedor Emelianenko’s agents, Apy Echteld, has revealed that his client is set to become a free agent later this week after his current contract with M-1 Global runs out.

“Officially, yes, Fedor will be a free agent,” Echteld said in the report. Echteld also pointed out that a formal announcement from the organization will be released in the coming days.

However even more interesting than this is the fact that the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Emelianenko’s management team have both confirmed that they are interested in speaking with each other once again in hopes of striking a deal.

When asked if he would ever attempt to sign Fedor again, UFC President Dana White reportedly quickly said yes.

“Absolutely, 100 percent, in a heartbeat,” said White. “People think he’s the best, I don’t, not even close. But if it’s somehow possible, I would make it happen.”

“We’re open to a discussion,” Echteld confirmed with ESPN. “If everybody is willing to put a little wine in the water, then we have something to work with. There is space for this to happen.”

Now the big question: If this story is true and if the UFC is somehow able to sign Fedor, will Randy Couture come back even after all of the crap he has gone through in the last five months?

Touch of gloves to Five Ounces of Pain for the find.

Report: Couture Joins HDNet Fights; Seeks Dismissal in Zuffa Case


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HDNet Fights has reportedly entered into a contractual agreement with current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture which will have the promotion attempt to set up a showdown between Couture and top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko later this year.

The news comes from a report by Adam Swift of Sherdog and MMA Payout, who states that the deal will likely go into effect at the time of the expiration of Couture’s promotional contract with Zuffa. Without some sort of deal in place, a Texas court will likely throw out HDNet Fights suit filed against the UFC’s parent company last week.

The lawsuit, which was filed by HDNet Fights owner and popular billionaire Mark Cuban, was made in hopes of earning a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of Couture when it comes to his promotional contract (the deal that dictates where Couture can fight).

The declaratory judgement will hopefully provide Cuban with an exact date as to when Couture’s contract expires with the UFC, if it expires at all.

It is interesting to note in Cuban’s claims against Zuffa that he points out “indefinite employment restrictions” such as the ones set forth against Couture by Dana White and company since his resignation from the organization last fall are against the law.

In related news, Couture has also requested the dismissal of the pending lawsuit Zuffa filed against him last month according to Brian Knapp of The Fight Network.

The lawsuit cites that Couture has made negative comments about the promotion and those involved with it’s management. They also stated that the comments have caused “irreparable damage” and that he has breached the employment contract he signed with the company.

Basically the lawsuit was filed because Randy’s Xtreme Couture gym will be fielding a team that will compete at the IFL’s next event in Las Vegas on Friday, February 29th. The UFC is claiming that Randy’s gym being involved with the IFL is a direct violation of his contract with the UFC.

The lawsuit will also attempt to collect up to $10,000 in damages from Couture and seek a restraining order that will prevent Couture from being involved with any other organizations that compete against the UFC.

The motion will be heard on Tuesday, March 25th.

Couture believes that one of the promotion’s ideas in filing a lawsuit against him is to attempt to have him spend so much money on legal proceedings that he will have to come back and fight for them.

“It’s unfortunate that things have kind of degraded to that point,” Couture said in a recent interview with MMA Weekly. I’m sure that’s part of their ploy, to force me to spend enough money that I’ll have to come back and fight for them, which isn’t the case.”

Cuban, HDNet Fights File Suit Against UFC


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I kid you not, Mark Cuban has filed a lawsuit against Dana White and company.

Cuban and his HDNet Fights promotion filed suit in a Dallas, Texas district court in hopes of earning a declaratory judgment concerning the contractual status of current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture when it comes to his employment contract (the deal that dictates where Couture can fight).

The news comes from Adam Swift of Sherdog and MMA Payout, who reports in an “ironic” twist that Couture will actually technically serve as Zuffa’s co-defendant in the case.

The declaratory judgement will hopefully provide Cuban with an exact date as to when Couture’s contract expires with the UFC, if it expires at all.

If you haven’t already caught the feeling of what’s going on, the judge’s ruling may possibly give Couture and mixed martial fans around the world good news, that a potential date with Fedor Emelianenko could become a strong possibility.

Clearing up some confusion that occurred on this site earlier, it is actually Couture’s employment contract and its one-year non-compete clause that is at the center of Zuffa’s suit, and not his promotional contract that came when he agreed to be part of the announce team along with Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan according to Swift.

A positive outcome for Cuban would be a huge for his HDNet Fights promotion to say the least as the Couture-Emelianenko showdown would likely take place under the banner of that promotion.

Zuffa filed a lawsuit in Nevada’s Clark County District Court against Couture in January, citing that Couture has made negative comments about the promotion and those involved with it’s management. They also stated that the comments have caused “irreparable damage” and that he has breached the emplyment contract he signed with the company.

Basically the lawsuit was filed because Randy’s Xtreme Couture gym will be fielding a team that will compete at the IFL’s next event in Las Vegas on Friday, February 29th. The UFC is claiming that Randy’s gym being involved with the IFL is a violation of his contract with the UFC.

The lawsuit will also attempt to collect up to $10,000 in damages from Couture and seek a restraining order that will prevent Couture from being involved with any other organizations that compete against the UFC.

Let’s Play Catch-Up

A wealth of news and events have developed over the four days that we were sidelined due to those damn server gremlins. Here’s a little recap of everything that has gone on since then. The majority of the news is displayed after the jump.

Frye-Taktarov Booked for YAMMA Pit Fighting

Longtime mixed martial arts veterans Don Frye and Oleg Taktarov will headline the main event at YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural show, which is slated to take place at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ on April 11th.

Frye revealed the news during his weekly appearance on TAGG Radio.

“I hope (YAMMA) made the announcement because I just signed to fight Oleg Taktarov,” Frye said.

Quote courtesy of MMA Junkie.

EliteXC Reveals Complete Card for “Street Certified”

Elite Xtreme Combat has announced the complete card for their upcoming “Street Certified” event, which will take place this Saturday night at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center. The event will be airing on Showtime.

The full card is below:

Main Card:

Tank Abbott vs. Kimbo Slice
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Antonio Silva
Kyle Noke vs. Scott Smith
Yves Edwards vs. Edson Berto
Brett Roges vs. James Thompson

Preliminary Fights:

Rafael Feijao vs. John Doyle
Jon Kirk vs. Yosmany Cabezas
Dave Herman vs. Mario Rinaldi
Eric Bradley vs. Mikey Gomez
Mike Berhard vs. Lorenzo Borgameo

Continue reading "Let’s Play Catch-Up"

CKA: Feb 8, 2008

Kimbo Slice discusses his original date to fight against Tank Abbott that was cancelled and how he feels about EliteXC’s upcoming “Street Certified” event being in his hometown of Miami in the above video courtesy of Pro Elite.

Some news for you this morning…

Sean Sherk Still Not Fighting in California

Right after his suspension for a positive steroids test was reduced instead of being overturned by the California State Athletic Commission, Sean Sherk said that he would never fight in the state of California ever again. Over three months later, he still feels the same:

“There’s no reason for me to ever fight in California again. The way they treated my case and the way they handled everything was so unprofessional that there’s absolutely no way I’ll ever fight in the state of California again, unless they get rid of the entire commission and hire a whole new commission,” Sherk told MMA Weekly.

Speaking of the CSAC, they have suspended Luke Hartwig after he tested positive for marijuana following his bout at Strikeforce “Young Guns” event on February 1st. Hartwig has been sidelined for three months (can return on May 1st) and was fined $500.

Fedor Dominates at Russian Combat Sambo Championships

Fedor Emelianenko will be competing at the 2008 Russian Combat Sambo Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia over the weekend.

So how did he do on his first day? MMA Ninja says pretty damn good.

As predicted, Fedor Emelianenko easily won all of his three fights. In his first fight, Fedor quickly attacked, after a combination of strikes he took his opponent down and submitted him. The fight was 35 seconds long. His second fight was even shorter - Fedor broke his opponent’s nose in 10 seconds.

The final fight against Stanislav Shushko took a little bit longer. Stanislav tried to keep Fedor at a distance using his height advantage, but Fedor closed the distance with a combination, went for a throw and a hold-down. The sequence of events happened once more and Fedor finished off Shushko in just over a minute.

Ninja and Fightlinker also discuss the weird relationship between Fedor and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Miscellaneous Notes

Fan favorite Paul Buentello revealed his desire to take on former boxing heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison in one of Morrison’s “MMA rules” bouts in The Underground. Touch of gloves to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the find. Luiz Alves, Muay Thai trainer for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, claims that he believes Tim Sylvia greased up for their title bout last weekend in a recent interview with Tatame.

Radio Schedule

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3-4 PM EST - The Fight Network Radio
9-10 PM EST - MMAWeekly’s Sound Off
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