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M-1 Global issues press release announcing separation from Fedor

Hey everyone, I am on assignment in San Jose, Calif. right now but I received the following press release from M-1 Global earlier. They have officially announced a parting of the ways with Fedor Emelianenko and indicate that they will soon be announcing a name change.

Here is the release:

NEW YORK — M-1 Global announced today a mutual agreement with Vadim Finkelchtein, manager of former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko, to release the heavyweight from his contractual obligations.


“There is so much going on in the world of mixed martial arts right now that we have decided it is in our best interest if our company and Fedor go our separate ways,” said M-1 Global President and CEO Monte Cox.


“During the past six months the landscape of MMA, especially in the U.S., has dramatically changed. The sport continues to gain mainstream acceptance and we believe we will be in a better position to capitalize on these new opportunities with this agreement.”


“Because Finkelchtein already uses the ‘M-1’ name in Russia and Europe, we have mutually decided to avoid any confusion between our two organizations. Shortly, M-1 Global will announce a new name for its operations and its first event.”


“Fedor is a tremendous fighter and a great person… we wish him only the best in his future endeavors,” Cox said.


“We appreciate the support that Monte and the M-1 Global team have given Fedor,” Finkelchtein said. “We wish M-1 Global great success and hope to work with them sometime in the future.”

  • Ryan Seacrest says:

    Well here we go again. Fedor is a free agant and every swinging dick in the mma industry is drooling. Dana do the right thing and sign him to a deal so he can finally fight Randy and lets squash this whole thing please.

  • ufcfan says:

    I too, would like to see Fedor sign with the UFC and get this s***t with Randy over with. But I don’t see how it happens. With all this legal nonsense Zuffa/Randy are in, I can’t forsee Randy being willing to just squash it.

    With the rumours of the Golden Boy/Affliction partnership on the wane…

    The most likely scenario Fedor is probably heading back to Japan to fight for DREAMS. I know he got the Elite XC offer but whose he gonna fight??!??!
    please don’t tell me Kimbo Slice.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Fedor and/or his management are not dependable. UFC would have to think long and hard about a deal with them. If UFC is left holding the bag like M-1, UFC will look stupid and every blogger in the MMA universe will criticize UFC and especially Dana White regardless of what happened and why.

    There’s an untold story about this business divorce. I have no idea what it is, but I’d sure like to know. I’d also like to know the terms of the separation. Did Fedor repay his signing money?


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