It sure seems like Vadim Finkelstein is in the process of going rogue and fucking M-1 Global over. But you would think he’d at least have the courtesy of giving the M-1 Global guys a call and telling them what’s up so they wouldn’t look so clueless. From the M-1 Russia site:
M-1 Global will hold its press-conference on November,21 which will be dedicated to the first event of the organization. The event is scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena. Mixfight M-1 will be represented by Vadim Finkelstein and Fedor Emelianenko.
The confusing part is that I spoke to representatives for M-1 Global on Monday night who confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan but that the card would not be an M-1 Global event. Instead, Fedor was being “rented out” for the evening so that he could compete on a card being organized by the Japanese as a way to bid farewell to PRIDE fans.
Normally I’m pretty good at figuring out what’s up in the world of mixed martial arts, but this is just getting so weird that even I’m doubting myself. Japan is a strange place, where fight promoters can say they’re hosting Fedor vs Jesus Christ on the moon and people would just ask if Fedor thinks the moon’s harsh conditions are going to affect his cardio at all. Anything is possible, anything can happen, and god knows how this will all unfold.
I’m sure Zuffa is busy laughing their asses off at the situation M-1 Global has gotten themselves into, but if I were them I’d be paying more attention to the fact that the company they bought out seems to have risen from the grave to throw events once more.