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M-1 Global and Fedor break up after 5 awesome months

Who would have imagined that the relationship between a theatre company and the world’s most difficult to deal with Russians would end up falling apart? After all, the foundation was so strong: Theatre guy meets fighter guy on vacation, has never really even heard of MMA before. Decides to sign the fighter and get things going. All in a matter of weeks! What could go wrong?

Well, I guess we’ve seen what can go wrong: everything. It’s been months and months since M-1 global has formed, and basically it’s been a series of events which have resulted in everyone involved who’s not Russian looking foolish. It seems like everything any of the American owners have said, Fedor and his people have gone ahead and done the exact opposite. Just take a look at the following interview Scrappy Caplan did with M1 presidente Monte Cox on February 29th: Can you provide a quick update on the general status of M-1 Global?

Monte Cox: We’ve spent the last five months trying to figure out the best way for us break into the U.S. market and still keep a presence worldwide. And it’s taken a lot of time to work out exactly who is responsible for what and who is in charge of what. The good news is that I think this week we’ve had a breakthrough and it looks like we’re finally all getting on the same page.

And now let’s take a looksy at what Fedor’s people are saying like a week later:

Apy Echteld, one of Emelianenko’s agents, confirmed what a source close to the situation previously told The Magazine: M-1 Global and Emelianenko will part ways some time in the next week, making the Russian a free agent. Divorce negotiations are ongoing right now, with a formal announcement likely for in the next few days. “Officially, yes, Fedor will be a free agent,” Echteld says.

So perhaps by “On the same page”, Cox meant ‘everyone is now equally sick of eachother’? The man that everyone came together to build a promotion around has now wandered off without ever fighting for them, and M1 America is left holding their dicks and I imagine some serious debts. M1 Russia continues to do events under the M1 banner, and we all now know that Russian for ‘sucker’ is идиот.

Past that, it’s interesting to see all the talk from Dana White that he’s going to do ‘everything possible’ to sign Fedor. To me, that’s like Indiana Jones at the end of Last Crusade taking the same cup as the nazi and saying “Let me try this one again, I’ve got a good feeling.”

Of course, signing Fedor means more than just signing Fedor, it also means possibly winning back Randy Couture and cutting the legs out from under Mark Cuban. That’s a pretty sweet hat trick, so I’m not surprised that Dana is willing to hear out Fedor’s management as they demand furry hats for everyone in Russia as well as co-promoted events in Chechnya.

  • MJC_123

    An once again Dana White proves he is the BOSS when it comes to MMA, good on you Dana…Tito’s big head is out the door and you are on the verge of finally signing the mega fight everyone wants to see…..Well not me I don’t care anymore Couture’s hissy fits have done my head in, but most of the MMA community…..all 7 of them.

  • Spork

    Holy god would Randy look retarded if Dana actually signed Fedor.

  • fightlinker

    I wouldn’t count those eggs before they hatch though. Fedor has no real reason to sign with the UFC. So long as he’s got Cuban and DREAM in his pocket, why would he agree to go work for the UFC any time soon?

  • Xavier

    Fedor will not sign with the UFC because then Fedor would have to fight individuals who have a chance at beating him and that is not the Fedor way.

    Then again, UFC just signed Mark Coleman and they still have Heath Herring under contract… hmm, maybe there are enough cans to entice him.

  • Ross

    Just to further prove nobody is on the same page with M-1 Monte Cox told MMAWeekly that Fedor will fight at an M-1 event in Chicago in June.

  • Swedish guy

    This is fightlinker at it’s best. All hilarious satire aside, this is as good as it gets: real news delivered with a solid punch to it. Love it.

    “So perhaps by “On the same page”, Cox meant ‘everyone is now equally sick of eachother’?”


  • Roxy

    Wow, that’s getting messy! ne!

  • danaunclefesterwhite

    I agree with Fightlinker. I don’t think it’s unlikely to see him signing with FEG to fight for DREAM since all they’d have to do is match his previous salary for PRIDE (easy, FEG is loaded) and he’s there. Mark Cuban is also in the hunt since HDNet is clearly Pro-Fedor (Fedor Returns anyone?) and Pro-Couture. Cuban isn’t short of funds either. Zuffa will never be able to sign Fedor when he can get what he wants from FEG or Cuban. I’d prefer to see Fedor with DREAM than the UFC anyway. We need a PRIDE v2.0 to provide an alternative to the UFC.

  • Beau

    Fedor signs with DREAM and HDnet exclusively broadcasts that shit in the US. Thats how this baby is gonna shakedown. Now Randy getting to fight Fedor, thats still up in the air. But Fedor – Cro Cop II is all but a certain within the next 6 months.


    I’d really rather see Fedor sign with WVR than with either the UFC or DREAM. I just want to see him fight Barnett. I never gave a shit about a fight between Fedor and Randy and there is absolutely nobody currently active in the UFC heavyweight division that he needs to fight. And a second fight with Mirko doesn’t look so exciting after last year. He should just fight Josh and then retire.

  • ajadoniz

    o man, i can’t wait until this news is legit because i will laff and laff and laff while pointing at the effigy of randy hanging from my ceiling.