More reactions from the people affected most by the Strikeforce sale are rolling in, and of course everyone wants to know what Fedor thinks about suddenly being a Zuffa fighter. Too bad he rarely expresses anything without at least a few layers of M-1 lackeys between him and a reporter, but for what it’s worth here’s one of those lackeys with their take on the situation:
M-1 Global’s Evgeni Kogan told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that Fedor is under contract with Showtime, and they look forward to fulfilling that deal.
“Fedor’s contract is with Showtime Networks Inc. and we’re excited to be working with such a premium North American outlet,” Kogan said.
Fedor having a contract with Showtime only with nothing tying him through to Zuffa via Strikeforce paperwork contradicts a quote from Dana White implying differently:
There is a certain irony in the fact that now that White finally has Emelianenko under contract, the Russian is coming off back-to-back losses and has talked of retirement.
“I don’t see any irony in that,” White said, chuckling. “Even though Fedor is now under contract with Zuffa, I still have a hard time imagining he’ll ever fight in the UFC. We’ll see, but that’s my bet right now.”
So yes. Dana says he’s got Fedor. Kogan says their deal is with Showtime. Meanwhile, during today’s sale press conference Scott Coker said “Fedor fights for Strikeforce. Fedor fights on Showtime. I can’t get into the specifics.” If that’s how it plays out, those are enough specifics as far as I’m concerned. Now we just have to wait and see if M-1 decides they’re going to be difficult. Hey, at least any shenanigans won’t affect the Heavyweight Grand Prix…