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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.