Here’s some more information on why Mousasi left M-1 Global, with MMA Junkie getting the scoop on the catalytic moment:
Mousasi’s longtime manager, Apy Echteld, on Friday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the decision to leave was made when an M-1 executive elected not to sign a long-term management proposal that would have given the Dutch-Armenian fighter “lifetime security” – a deal similar to one held by Fedor Emelianenko.
Echteld, who spoke via telephone from Amsterdam, declined to name the executive who had rejected the offer. Echteld also said he was the only party holding a management agreement with Mousasi.
“Basically, what M-1 could provide for him was not what Gegard and me had in mind,” Echteld said.
A separate source with knowledge of the situation said Sergei Matvienko – son of the mayor of St. Petersburg, Russia, and a major M-1 backer – may have been the executive who turned away the proposed deal.
Fighters Only gives us some more tantalizing glimpses into the world of M-1’s shadowy financial backers:
Matvienko is a major financial backer of M-1 but is rumoured to be unhappy with the actual and projected returns of the company’s US operations, including its deals with Strikeforce. Offering Mousasi a lifetime deal would have required more investment and the mood at present is apparently running against this.
Trouble in paradise, huh? Good to know! Fighters Only goes on to say that Mousasi’s current manager Apy is probably also on the endangered list as Mousasi is being wined and dined by several major American agents.
Last but not least, there’s some slight confusion right now as to exactly how many fights Gegard has left on his current contracts. MMA Weekly says he’s got 1 fight left with Strikeforce and Mousasi himself implied back in January that he’d be a free agent soon. But Loretta Hunt has Coker saying he’s got “OVER a year and half on contract left, plus options.” I wouldn’t have a problem with this if Strikeforce had over a year and a half’s worth of decent fighters for Mousasi to face, but since it sounds like they’re already about to feed the relatively green prospect King Mo to him, I have my doubts.