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Report: Fedor never under contract with M-1 Global

That’s the latest bombshell in the Fedor saga according to a report from Sherdog:

Despite the announcement of an agreement last October between Fedor Emelianenko (Pictures) and M-1 Global, the deal was never signed, a source close to both camps told Sherdog.com.

The Russian heavyweight’s only agreement with the company — according to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity — came in the form of a letter of intent.

The return of a $1.5 million signing bonus paid by M-1 Global to Emelianenko is the only hurdle to the former Pride champion’s potential free agency. That should be remedied this week, the source said.

M-1 Global CEO Monte Cox declined to comment.

Once Emelianenko is clear of his M-1 obligations he is expected to field offers from several MMA promotions. The early leader, according to the same source, comes from the purported partnership between Affliction and Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, which Sherdog.com has learned could debut on June 28.

Wow. If there’s something that no one expected, it’s this. Fedor Emelianenko never even signed a contract with M-1 Global yet they carted him out at a press conference when they announced his signing and the new promotion, saying they’d landed the biggest free agent in the mixed martial arts world. That seemed to be true at the time, but over the past couple of weeks it looks more and more like Fedor will become a free agent sometime in the very near future.

It should come as no surprise that the frontrunners for Fedor’s services are the Affliction/Golden Boy upstart promotion, seeing as how Fedor has a sponsorship deal with them. It will be very interesting, at this point, to see if M-1 Global even has a show.

15 COMMENTS
  • Grape Knee High says:

    Crazy Russians, indeed.

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  • Evan says:

    agree GKH

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  • Captain says:

    This shit is just getting ridiculous now.

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  • Evan says:

    Nobody should be surprised. Fedor is managed like a boxer.

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  • Mike Wolfe says:

    At the risk of sounding biased, this may illustrate some significant cultural differences in how business is done Russia vs. the US. Furthermore, M-1 may not get its “signing bonus” money back, either. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to read that Fedor (or more likely his management) claims that it was non-refundable and/or fully earned for reasons including his fight with the Korean. M-1 might have to lawyer up and seek recourse in Russia. Good luck with that.

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  • Evan says:

    But mike…only the evil UFC has to hire lawyers to protect their company…:)

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  • bubbafat says:

    It was all a ploy to play hardball in negotiations with the UFC. It just backfired though. Poor Monte. I think he’s the one who’s gonna’ get screwed in this deal. And perhaps the ripple effect will not help some of his fighters in their negotiations with the UFC. Too bad. M1 had some potential.

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  • Brent says:

    Yes, unfortunately Monte and the fighters he manages are the ones who are going to take the hit and suffer the fallout from M-1 crumbling.

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  • Bradster says:

    Maybe the UFC will pick him up so the Randy vs Fedor bout can finally happen. That would be nice & you know if Fedor signs w/the UFC (if it would even be thought of) he’ll be the highest pd. fighter they got.

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  • Aderion says:

    Bradster >> Randy has stated in 2 last interviews that he won’t be fighting fedor in the ufc and he will fight him any where but the UFC.

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  • Gabber says:

    I just don’t see Affliction being able to hold some decent shows with some top notch opponents for Fedor. Really, it would be fantastic to see a Randy vs Fedor fight (I’m not holdling my breath while the UFC has Randy in court) but after that, who can Affliction offer? Is it all going to be cross-promotion Super Fights for Fedor? Is he never going to be a title holder again? I loved his dominance over all of Pride. I guess those days are gone. Maybe he’ll start fighting Dan Severn in YAMA. :P

    What a waste of great talent. The Affliction thing just to me seems like an american version of M-1 Global.

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  • GassedOut says:

    Russian Business = “Zapodlo” (funny businees, like with the Mafiya)

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  • Jiu-Jitsu Guy says:

    I DON”T CARE. I’m so sick of this Fedor-Randy stuff.

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  • Nate says:

    Fedor vs Randy = I will never be sick of it and want it to happen.

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  • Thomas says:

    Fedor will destroy Randy in the first round, i’d love to see it happen just to see Randy get put in his place, he has no reason to think the only fight left for him is with Fedor, I don’t believe he could beat Nog, AA, and I would even give Brandon Vera a good shot at beating him. I also think a healthy Tim Sylvia would be a tough fight for Randy to win.

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