M-1 Global makes a lotta money off of Fedor Emelianenko, but it’s safe to say they make more when they hire him out to other shows than when they have him fight under their own banner. So while they have their own promotion that could accommodate Fedor quite nicely, the goal is probably to find some new ‘partners’ with deep pockets to book their main man up.
That hasn’t been as easy as it has been in the past – money mark promotions still exist but not to the same degree as in the past with groups like Bodog and Affliction. It got so bad that Fedor himself hinted at the possibility of returning to the US and *gasp* real competition! But all may not be lost. Fedor may still be able to keep fighting second rate opposition internationally:
Sources tell Fighters Only that the Russia is top of the target list for the newly-emerged Indian promotion Super Fight League, which staged its first event last month.
“Fedor is definitely a fighter we would consider and would be honored to have fight in the SFL,” said SFL executive Ken Pavia when Fighters Only contacted him to ask for a comment on the source’s claims. But Fedor carries a top-tier price tag – can SLF afford him, and would he be worth it?
“Realists have to put him at the top of the pound-for-pound list given the longevity of his dominance. The participation of such a legend could only enhance an emerging fight promotion,” Pavia replied.
Over at M-1 headquarters, Fedor’s management allowed that Super Fight League could be of interest to their man if the appropriate deal was in place.
“We are of course flattered by Pavia’s statement and if there are any concrete proposals for co-operation, Fedor and Vadim will of course seriously consider them,” said Evgeni Kogan, currently in Russia but usually to be found heading up of the M-1 office in Holland.
The Super Fight League has only been around for one event but from what we’ve seen so far they’re totally the kind of promotion that’ll pony up way too much money way too early in their development for Fedor. Fedor is the ultimate big dick symbol for wannabe Dana Whites. He’s the Maserati of MMA. And now that he tanked in Strikeforce, maybe his pricing has gone down to the point where he doesn’t murderize every promotion he touches. He still ain’t gonna be cheap though. Vadim and the M-1 gang have to eat, you understand.