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M-1 America continues to get it wrong

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.

And now here’s what’s up over in America:

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.


    Lmao! I’d actually buy a PPV for Fedor Vs Jesus…
    BTW Ryan, why dont you make a small Paypal donation to that live streaming site we cant talk about and watch a crystal clear VIP feed of the next UFC???

  • Trol

    I hope Fedor loses.

  • el feo

    Jesus via RNC, 3:16 R1

  • el feo

    The rematch will be held on Jupiter.

  • Mobb Deep

    Those crazy Russians are at it again!

  • fightlinker

    We did donate, and the feed still turned to glue 5 minutes into the event :-( Anyways, we’re in their bad books because we broke the first rule of Fight Club :-p I’m editing the show tonight to remove all references

  • Michaelthebox

    Whats this about the organization they bought out rising from the grave? Without the fighters that the UFC/K-1 and whoever else signed, the Pride image and branding, and the tape library, there is very little difference between whatever the Japanese are doing, and an organization like Rage in the Cage.

  • fightlinker

    You’re not giving the old PRIDE guys much respect … there’s more than enough talent out there to put together a card on the same level as their last two events.

  • Michaelthebox

    Even then, the fighters aren’t that important, otherwise the UFC wouldn’t have kicked Pride’s ass so much.

    The issue is will they be able to develop TV contracts, rebuild brand image, and grow quickly enough to challenge a UFC that looks poised to show events on CBS and hold shows throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia as early as next year.

    I just don’t see it happening. Pro Elite is the only real challenge to the UFC unless the UFC actually regresses, and if the UFC starts going backwards they have their own problems to worry about.

  • marshal

    Willow Ufgood will be Fedor’s next opponent. Sorcery will play heavily in this match.


    There are enough fighters signed to non-exclusive contracts out there for them to put on some damn fine events, or at least some good fights and some Carnivale Freakshow Fights! The Japanese dont give a shit about the World market, look how long it took Pride to put on an American event, they could have hoovered up the UFC like an aborted MMA featus years ago if they’d made moves earlier.