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Fedor Update: Prepared to be Confused

The website Mixfight.ru is reporting that M-1 Global will hold a press conference in Japan on Wednesday to announce to announce the promotion’s first card to be held on Dec. 31.

Yes, you read that right. M-1 Global’s first event. Here’s what it says on the site:

M-1 Global Press-conference in Japan

 

M-1 Global will hold its press-conference on November,21 which will be dedicated to the first event of the organization.

The event is scheduled to take place on New Year’s Eve at the Saitama Super Arena. Mixfight M-1 will be represented by Vadim Finkelstein and Fedor Emelianenko.

www.mixfight.ru cought up with Fedor before his departure and asked him to comment on this situation with the fight on the Japanese soil that became kind of home to Fedor.

Among other questions Fedor was asked this: “You will fight again in Japan but do you feel sorry it won’t be under the Pride banner anymore?”

Fedor said: “Pride was a great organization with the best fighters and I believe that now M-1 Global will become new Pride”.

Other Russian athletes scheduled for this event are Alexander Emelianenko and Roman Zentsov.

The name of Fedor’s opponent will be announced later.

It’s interesting news that both Aleksander Emelianenko and Roman Zentsov are expected to be on the card. But I find it even more interesting that it says M-1 will be represented by Vadim Finkelstein and Fedor and not Monte Cox or anyone from Sibling Entertainment.

Who speaks for M-1 Global? And is there a difference between M-1 Global and Mixfight M-1? If there is a difference, what did Sibling Entertainment acquire?

The confusing part is that I spoke to representatives for M-1 Global on Monday night who confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan but that the card would not be an M-1 Global event. Instead, Fedor was being “rented out” for the evening so that he could compete on a card being organized by the Japanese as a way to bid farewell to PRIDE fans.

It should also be noted that Mixfight.ru is not the official website for M-1 Global.

Is this a case of Vadim Finkelstein going into business for himself even though the assets of M-1 were sold to the Sibling Entertainment Group?

Welcome to Russian Business 101.

14 COMMENTS
  • Sam Cupitt says:

    Its hard to think as this madness goes on and Vadim Finkelstein’s name becomes more and more prevalent you begin to think that Dana White wasn’t really to blame for not getting Fedor. I’m starting to question how long Monte Cox is gonna last. He didn’t like IFL’s flip flopping with Ben Rothwell and Mike Whitehead… Finkelstein appears to be running a circus.

  • Andrej says:

    Those Crazy Russian’s. LOL

  • Evan says:

    Andre beat me to it…haha

  • […] And now here’s what’s up over in America: The confusing part is that I spoke to representatives for M-1 Global on Monday night who confirmed that Fedor would be fighting on New Year’s Eve in Japan but that the card would not be an M-1 Global event. Instead, Fedor was being “rented out” for the evening so that he could compete on a card being organized by the Japanese as a way to bid farewell to PRIDE fans. […]

  • michael says:

    If you read well you may notice “Mixfight M-1 will be represented by Vadim Finkelstein and Fedor Emelianenko.”
    Where do you see ‘M-1 Global’??

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Michael:

    I read well enough. There’s no need for snide remarks.

    Sibling Entertainment Group purchased M-1 Mixfight. M-1 Mixfight was re-branded as M-1 Global. Thus, M-1 Mixfight = M-1 Global. The fact that Vadim Finkelstein is trying to represent a difference is the whole crux of the post.

  • michael says:

    I see it. I guess we should’ve written something like ‘russian part of M-1 Global’ or just ‘Vadim and Fedor will be there’?
    That’s what the meaning was.
    For sure there will be somebody official from M-1 Global as well.

  • michael says:

    And i don’t know what your sources are, but they are obviously wrong…

  • Sam Caplan says:

    LOL.

    Mike, I’d be curious to know about my reporting you feel is wrong?

    So far you haven’t pointed to anything.

  • michael says:

    I sent you an e-mail. Please, read it. Thanks.

  • GB says:

    The way M-1 operates is, to say the least, chaotic. This sequence of denials & admissions from its representatives sure doesn’t help them project the image of a serious company, especially considering how they are aiming for a TV deal with a major network in the U.S. Plus, they need to improve their PR and/or hire someone to take care of their media relations. They can’t just rely on making ambiguous, two-line announcements via one of their multiple websites and then hope that the MMA websites spread the word. Only a few days ago, one executive who was at their big launching press conference claimed he had no idea about a NYE Fedor fight. It seems that M-1 is just a loosely assembled group of financial backers and that the person who is doing all the heavy lifting is Finkelstein. As hard as it is to believe Monte Cox is just a figurehead, it sure seems to be the case (although I guess he’ll play a more active role in the future).

  • dice says:

    To Sam Cupitt Please explain more about how this situation led you to believe that Dana had nothing to do with not signing Fedor. (since most of the evidence on why Fedor didn’t fight in the UFC had little to do with “crazy russians” and more to do with how the UFC controls their fighters. Fedor wanted greater mobility in his career and strived for what we all do when it comes to work: autonomy. It seems as though this is becoming a natural trend for fighters; wanting to be able to make decisions about their career)

    Also in regards to Monte Cox, he has been around for along time and probably will continue to be around for a long time.

    I think you and Caplan seem to be jumping to conclusions before M-1 even has held the press conference. Maybe we should wait to hear what they have to say before we start making assumptions about Monte Cox’s longevity and those “crazy russians”.

    Fact is that on tagg radio Frank Trigg explained the conditions of Fedors contract (this must have been more than a month ago, it was before M-1 held the press conference at Ecko’s office). And he stated that this contract allowed Fedor to be “rented out” by vadim. So if fedor signed for 2 million per fight, vadim can rent him out to someone for 2.5 million per fight and he keeps the extra half million. So I am failing to see what is so confusing about this situation since I am sure you guys knew all of this. (tagg radio is listed as one of your friends)

  • The Phantom says:

    I am betting that they announce more than just the December 31 bout. Wouldn’t that be nice?

  • koolpaw says:

    im wondering, which “November,21” is in that article of M-1 russia page? its already November,21 our time here in Japan. Russian and Europian “November,21” will be 9 or 8 hours behind of ours, and November,21 will be tomorrow for you Americans.

    If they wlll have press-conference, Japanese medias should have gotten the announcement via fax or something. BUT No Japanese?news papers are reporting that Fedor and his manager will hold their press-conference today or tomorrow our time in Japan. or are they place this news on the TOP story of 21th morning?

    this is really going crazy and making us sick like that kurt angle story.

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