Apy Echteld, one of Fedor’s agents, told ESPN The Magazine that Fedor could be a free agent as early as next week:
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.
And apparently Dana White is open to negotiation with Fedor and his people again should that be the case:
“Absolutely, 100 percent, in a heartbeat,” says White. “People think he’s the best—I don’t, not even close. But if it’s somehow possible, I would make it happen.”
“I like Randy, I genuinely like to think he’s a good guy,” White says. “As much as we’ve gone back and forth on this, I would sign Fedor and do everything possible to get Randy in the octagon with him. I’d do anything, because a., it’s a great fight and b., I think Randy would smash Fedor.”
I’ll believe all this when it comes to fruition, but don’t you think news like this regarding Fedor should be coming from Vadim Finklestein instead of Apy Echteld? Vadim is Fedor’s main agent and it just seems odd to me that this news isn’t coming from him. It’s nice to have hope, however, and for those of us pining for this fight, this is very good news.
Update (from Sam Caplan): MMAWeekly.com spoke with M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox last night and Cox indicated that Fedor is still with the promotion and he expects him to fight for M-1 Global in the spring. Without knowing with ESPN the Magazine spoke with Echteld, it’s hard to decipher fact from fiction.
Is this a case of the management of Fedor and the management of M-1 Global yet again not being on the same page? Or, is this a case of the Echteld quotes not being recent? Prior to speaking with Cox last week, I had heard many rumors that Fedor was on the verge of becoming a free agent and his management was already soliciting proposals from other promotions. After speaking with Cox several times last week, he indicated that a breakthrough had been made.
Regardless, if Fedor is indeed a free agent, I highly doubt that his management will be able to work out a deal with the UFC.
I’ll be making some phone calls today and hopefully will have an update later on.