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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.”