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Fedor Press Conference Live Blog

strikeforcecrestFiveOuncesOfPain is back to keep you as up to date as humanly possible on all news Fedor Emelianenko.

If you didn’t already know; Fedor, Vadim Finkelchtein of M-1 Global, Scott Coker of Strikeforce and Ken Hershman from Showtime will be holding a press conference this afternoon at 2 pm ET (or 11 am PT).

No news of the specifics of what will be discussed have been released but possible topics could be a first opponent for Fedor, a date and location for the Fall event that’s expected to feature both Jake Shields and Alistair Overeem, details of Strikeforce’s ground-breaking deal with the DREAM promotion and much more.

Be sure to keep it right here as we will update any relevant news right before your eyes as it breaks. Just be sure to keep refreshing the screen for the most current updates.

*Just informed that the conference will begin in just a few minutes. Stay tuned…. and we’re under way

*Fedor’s first fight with Strikeforce will definitely be in the Fall

*No first opponent has been decided for Fedor at this time

*Vadim states that Dana White’s  claims of the UFC making a better offer than Strikeforce are untrue

*Finkelchtein claims that Strikeforce was able to air their events on a global level, when the UFC could not

*Fedor states that he wants to develop MMA and make some money at the same time

*Coker is informed that Dana White just said that Fedor would put Strikeforce out of business and called Strikeforce – “Strikefarce”, Coker laughs it off and says he’s not surprised at the comments but says nothing negative about the UFC

*The UFC has tried to stop the fight between Mousasi and Babalu, but Mousasi has signed a deal with Strikeforce and he will honor it. The fight with Babalu will go down as planned

*Coker isn’t ruling out an immediate title shot for Fedor at this time

*Showtime has a media campaign planned to familiarize the American public further with Fedor

*Fedor states that he has full control of all of his contracts and gets financial reports at all times. Anything Fedor doesn’t like, he has Vadim stand for. He reiterates that he has complete and total control of his career

*Fedor states that the UFC doesn’t treat their fighters like human beings. He feels they have the wrong attitude torwards their fighters

*Emelianenko states that the offer he got from the UFC was “miserable”, and nowhere near the 6 fight, $30 million reports that circulated throughout the internet

*Coker says everyone has lost, and if Fedor loses it won’t ruin his legacy

*Date and location for October Strikeforce event will be announced in the next two days

*Vadim states that if the numbers about Fedor’s contract offer on the internet were true, they would have signed with the UFC

*Finkelchtein doesn’t believe that M-1 Global is portrayed  accurately in the press. M-1 Global is still a growing company and they don’t have a big PR machine.

*Vadim states that Fedor’s name outside of the United States is much bigger than the UFC. If Fedor comes to the UFC he would make the UFC famous outside of the United States.

*The fact that M-1 Global has already put on shows all over the world was a factor in Strikeforce forming a partnership with M-1 Global

*Fedor feels that he’s sorry that the fight with Brock Lesnar didn’t come to fruition , but he would also like a little respect for his decisions on his future

That’s a wrap folks.

35 COMMENTS
  • La_Coka_Nostra says:

    After it all settles i hope we still get to see the Mayhem vs Jacare fight. Would really like to see the end to that trilogy. Would really like to see mayhem fighting for strikeforce in the MW division if he isn’t to busy being hollywood to train.,

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    I hate to look stupid, but am I the only one that didn’t know anything about this Conference till I found this thread?

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    nope. this the first of me hearing about it as well

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  • Cory Brady says:

    Surprise! It was just announced recently. No to worry, we’ve got you guys covered right here.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    also hate to look stupid but this is the first i new of the strikeforce dream deal? whats going on? i have a semi at the prospect….

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    I read about it yesterday on mma weekly. It’s an alliance with M-1, Strikeforce and dream

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  • Cory Brady says:

    The prospects are endless really. Aoki vs, Thomson, Aoki vs, Fancy Pants, Lawler vs, Manhoef, Fedor vs. Kharitonov…….

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Yeah, it’s insane. StrikeForce just got a lot more interesting.

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  • TURKISH says:

    Lawler vs Manhoef would be my first choice if I was match maker.

    After that it would be Frank Shamrock vs Sakuraba.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    With this alliance going on now, I wonder what the UFC is thinking. Wonder what trick they may have under their sleeve.

    I have a feeling that the next 6 months are going to get VERY ugly.

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  • Cory Brady says:

    The next 6 months are going to be very AWESOME for mixed martial arts ozz. It’s an exciting time for our sport.

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Yeah if the UFC and Strikeforce try to get in a pissing match and out-do each other, really the fans win because they are going to do what it takes to get people to watch. Imagine the matchups we could see if these two go head to head.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    its always gonna be the UFC on one side, and everyone else on the other. But the other side are always getting stronger, and more of them coming together to make more possibilities.
    personally i would say if i had to name the best cards i seen this year, maybe one or two would be UFC (and those probly fight nights rather than ppv), the rest are the others

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    No no, I didn’t mean that in a bad way. I meant there is going to be a war going on between these guys (Zuffa vs SF/M1/Dream)

    Agreed it will be great for us though!

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  • manny says:

    That’s what all these small mma org need to do is merge with strfce,m-1, dream to compete with the ufc. Plus it will awesome b/c they can share fighters in any card without worriyng avout contract issues.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    yeah the dream thing was also something i missed. wow

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  • danw84 says:

    Why is Strikeforce able to air events at a global level, and the UFC isn’t? I know at least the United Kingdom gets UFC, why not anywhere else?

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  • manny says:

    Question for any one who may know, I read and see the name Sengoku, is that anohter mma org or what? If so why not join in with Strkfe, dream & m-1?

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  • David Andrest says:

    LOL Coker is a brilliant guy. shrugging off DW’s comments. Making Dana looked like a jilted school girl

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  • manny says:

    I’m not form the UK so not sure, but I hear that the ppl form UK have to subscribe to espn and they complain about nascar. I assume that espn pays the ufc $ to air the fights since ufc in not able to air the ppv event in the uk

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  • Jstew3785 says:

    Sengoku is another MMA org. Josh Barnett and Jeff Monson have fought for them before

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  • antone3x7 says:

    Coker is a great guy, and I’m gaining more respect for him everytime I read an article or quote from him.

    Anderson Silva, a product of UFC’s media machine? Finkelchtein is an idiot and needs to stop talking.. forever.

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  • manny says:

    Yeah Finkel… should have stated that a bit diff.. maybe Silva is a great fighter and the ufc has done well marketing him etc… Marketing fedor should not be a prob if silva is huge in the US without speaking english then the same can be said for Fedor. I believe the ufc has it tougher to promote mma, yes they big in the US, Ger, UK but still have a lot more to cover while strkfoce & fedor is known in all asia, europe, and so on, the US the last spot will will be diff b/c of ufc.

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  • antone3x7 says:

    Every comment by Coker seems to be about his own company, Strikeforce, and Fedor. Every comment by Vadim is about UFC, UFC this, UFC that. He’s just a bitter old man whining about the UFC just because he couldn’t use Fedor to get in on the UFC cash cow.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    I was waiting to see if they had even gotten a license to promote yet! Weird how there was no mention of that.

    I’m sick of it. Sick of the coverage this guy gets, and sick of all the utter BS. It’s all BS.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    How many people wanted to see Mousasi in the UFC?

    Show of hands please? (*ME*)

    Did anyone happen to know that Vadim lied to him about what the UFC was offering? He could have and should have been in the UFC and wanted to be there.

    Vadim and his bullshit I’m sick of. What kind of press conference has dogs barking in the background?

    Look guys, I’m sorry. It’s been a long day, and I’m just sick of all this Fedor hype. Not so much him, but M-1. It’s all propoganda and lies. M-1 wasn’t even known to the casual fan before every major outlet jumped on every word and every statement.

    What do we get out of this other than free fights? What the hell happened to people caring about the sport? Not a watered down Elite XC version with effing cheerleaders that are dancing on the ramp to the cage. I fear it’s gonna go downhill and get watered down from here.

    You guys enjoy your free fights, but I’ll stick with a promotion that knows what marketing is and how to hold an event properly. Call me what you want, but if that makes me a UFC nuthugger, then so be it. I’ll take quality over quantity any day.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I like Manhoef but he wont do crap in the ufc, he has no ground game at all. This may be the only way anybody can beat the ufc( banning together) and I think it is really scaring them, a little maybe? Anyway think about the week they had, they lost Fedor, and station casinos filed for bankrupcy plus they are putting on two huge shous this month, thoes guyshad a rough week and now strikeforce is coming on strong. I am surprised Dana didnt really let them have it.

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  • moosebaby02 says:

    i guess im one too ozz

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    *The UFC has tried to stop the fight between Mousasi and Babalu, but Mousasi has signed a deal with Strikeforce and he will honor it. The fight with Babalu will go down as planned

    what was that comment about? did mousasi speak with ufc? or babalu?

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    I think what they were referring to was the deal UFC tried to make with Mousasi and Vadim lied to him about how much it was and what it was for and hurried and got him signed with SF.

    Let me dig and I’ll try to back it up with a link/quote

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Here hindsightufuk I hope this helps

    “I just touched base with Joe Silva and he explained this is basically what happened regarding Mousasi:”

    “Mousasi called him Saturday because he suspected he had been lied to by his manager, Appy Echteld, regarding an offer of $40,000/$40,000 from the UFC and then encouraged to accept an offer from Strikeforce. According to what Mousasi shared, that amount was less than half of the purse agreement he had with Affliction but he trusted his manager and signed with Strikeforce. The UFC would have honored the Affliction deal of $125,000 purse plus win bonus had Mousasi signed with them.”

    “Contrary to the claim made today by M-1 that Mousasi was on the phone during negotiations with Joe Silva for his services, Joe adamantly denies that is true. Had that been the case, there would have been no reason for Mousasi to call Joe to question Echteld’s claim of a $40,000/$40,000 offer from the UFC.”

    [UPDATE] Carmichael Dave post’s the official story on the Sherdog forums:

    “So the 40/40 figure was obviously erroneous, right?”

    “Not only did we not make an offer, but we would’ve assumed his Affliction contract and its terms. So whatever Affliction was paying him, that’s what we would’ve honored, and it was considerably more than 40/40,” Joe Silva said.”

    Editorial Note by Brent Brookhouse: Bottom line: M-1 lied to Mousasi to get him to sign a deal they wanted him to sign. They looked out for their own interests instead of his. They violated their duty to the client. The fact that Joe said they didn’t make an offer is actually worse. It means that rather than lying about the numbers offered they cut off any potential negotiations by claiming a poor offer was made before the UFC had a chance to establish a starting point for negotiations.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    That sucks for Mousasi, he will be losing out on all that money, and if he loses a fight before he comes to the ufc you know he will not get that kind of a offer again.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    thats crazy business, and i’m real gutted for Mousasi. he’s been one of the best fighters for a while now. i’m not saying he needs to go to the ufc but i just want other people (who only ever watch the ufc) to be aware of how dangerous this man is.

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  • Batman says:

    I think strikeforce puts on a good show great production over there on showtime. If anything, they just need more promotion for their product.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Do you really think that the UFC is not dirty when it comes to signing people and negotiations ozz? anytime a fighter wants to leave to earn bigger money or fight a fighter they want to outside of the UFC, the UFC screws them as much as they can, just like Randy, Ortiz, Arlovski etc.
    Yes you are extremely pro UFC and anti Fedor, a nut-hugger if you will…well you said it. Have you ever said anything bad about the UFC or Dana and have you ever said anything positive about Fedor or M1?…not that I have read. Every time something comes out you believe the UFC side and trash talk the M1/Fedor side, usually whilst giving the truth a little twist in the direction you want.
    Look Dana (Uncle Fester) stop calling yourself ozz and come clean.

    P.S. If that is you Dana can I get free tickets to the Aussie show in 2010?…I was just joking about the Uncle Fester thing…really I was, you’re really a very…er… handsome man.

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