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