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.”
A timetable in terms of the show being put on television wasn’t announced. Neither was a potential network home for the series. According to Finkelstein, he and his partners are currently shopping the show around to and having talks with “many different networks and channels”.
In addition to today’s reality show announcement, Affliction Entertainment figurehead Tom Atencio also officially revealed that his organization has signed Emelianenko to a contract extension. The length of the deal was not given. Atencio originally discussed the potential deal with the media during the summer, but a formal announcement did not come until today.
Trump also reassured the media that he would continue to work alongside Affliction and M-1 as well. He originally joined forces with Affliction shortly before their inaugural show over the summer.