The Lights Out Show on the TAGG Radio network recently had EliteXC Live Events President Gary Shaw on as a guest. One of the topics broached was the reported availability of former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
MMAjunkie has the following quote from Shaw available on its website:
“[Fedor] wants $2 million per fight,” Shaw said. “We keep going back and forth, but he has to fight soon. It’s been almost two years.”
So while a lot of people got excited by a report on Nokaut.com last week claiming Fedor had received an offer from EliteXC that would have offered a base pay of between $300,000-$500,000 for his first two fights of a four fight deal, it doesn’t look like Fedor will be signing with the promotion any time soon.
But with a reported asking price of $2 million per fight, I don’t think think he’ll be fighting anywhere anytime soon unless his camp suddenly drop their financial demands.
This situation reminds me of Major League Baseball agent Scott Boras. Boras routinely prices his clients out of the market by coming up with cost-prohibitive asking prices for the players he represents. A lot of the figures he comes up with aren’t supported by logic.
In the case of Fedor, you’re only worth what someone is willing to pay you. He’s an incredible fighter but if no company is willing to meet his management’s financial demands, then what? At what point do they realize they have to reduce their asking price?