Fedor Emelianenko. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Today in New York City, Donald Trump and executives from Affliction Entertainment and M-1 Global held a press conference officially announcing the production of a new MMA-related reality show titled “Fighting Fedor”, which will pit 16 heavyweight fighters from around the world against each other for a shot at fighting former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
It will be the first time that Affliction and M-1 have partnered together since co-promoting “Banned on July 19. The concept was originally announced by M-1 Global earlier this year, but very little details were confirmed until this afternoon. Everyone involved, including Vadim Finkelstein, who currently serves as M-1 Global’s active president and Emelianenko’s longtime manager, feels that the project will be nothing short of a success.
“There are many international fighters that [people in] the United States don’t know about,” Finkelstein said at today’s press conference. “They include fighters from different countries and fighters that have very interesting and wonderful styles and are very exciting. We’re now opening the doors [for] the next generation of fighters. We anticipate that this project will be a great success.”
Dana White. Photo courtesy of Playboy Magazine.
Playboy’s regular readers might have something a little extra to look forward to this month as Dana White is featured in the magazine’s usual monthly interview slot for the September issue.
The UFC’s head-honcho opens up on a bunch of topics, including the future of the UFC, the downfall of boxing, his feud with Tito Ortiz, his thoughts on Mark Cuban and Donald Trump, and a failed multi-year deal with HBO among other things.
The September issue was released this past Friday and is now available on newsstands everywhere as well as online at www.playboydigital.com. Selected quotes from the interview are after the jump, courtesy of Playboy themselves.