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Vadim Finkelchtein: ‘We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete’

Vadim and FedorAs if this week in news could possibly get any crazier, M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein closes it out with a bang by recently announcing that he is eager to discuss Fedor Emelianenko‘s future with the UFC in the coming days.

According to the powerful Russian businessman, he and Fedor are in currently in the states and ready to negotiate with all interested parties following the recent demise of Affliction as a fight promotion..

“This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about,” explained Finkelchtein in a recent interview with as first reported by M-1 “Fedor and I are here in the States. If they want to come out and fly here, we are ready to conduct negotiations. Of course it still doesn’t imply we are ready to accept any conditions they’ll throw at us. We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global.”

So Fedor vs. Josh Barnett is never going to happen now, right? Not so fast says Finkelchtein, believe it or not, there may be a chance of the bout still going down in August.

“There are many business meetings and negotiations planned with all the major promotions,” said Vadim. “We will explore the possibility of Fedor fighting Barnett and will even look into whether the fight can take place as soon as August (since Barnett has not been suspended).”

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