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M-1 Releases Statement Regarding Brock Lesnar’s Victory at UFC 91

FiveOuncesOfPain.com received an official statement issued by M-1 Vice President Jerry Millen regarding the promotion’s reaction to Brock Lesnar’s victory over Randy Couture this past weekend at UFC 91.

For over a year now, Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko’s names have been intertwined. In light of Couture’s loss, that potential dream match has lost a great deal of luster. However, with its statement, M-1 claims that it will welcome an opportunity for Fedor to face Lesnar.

Below is the statement, reprinted in its entirety:

M-1 would like to congratulate Brock Lesnar on his UFC heavyweight title victory as well as acknowledge Randy Couture’s return to active competition after a layoff that lasted over a year.

Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko had publicly acknowledged a desire to fight each other multiple times over the course of the past year. While M-1 and Fedor remain interested in a match against Couture, we would also like to publicly state for the record that we would welcome a superfight between Fedor and Lesnar that would be held as a co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment.

We’ve invited the media to speak with us today to not only make it clear we would welcome a Fedor vs. Lesnar matchup, but to act in a preemptive fashion to address the possibility that UFC officials will try and position Lesnar as the number one heavyweight in the world, much like they have tried to use a marketing ploy to brand Anderson Silfva as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

In the past, UFC president Dana White and Zuffa, LLC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have tried to claim that Fedor was “overrated” and that his “record was irrelevant.” They make these claims in spite of the fact that Fedor holds career victories over UFC champions past and present. While we have tremendous respect for the contributions Mr. Fertitta and Dana have made to this sport, we do not believe they are sincere in their statements.

It is the position of M-1 that the UFC has adopted an anti-Fedor policy because multiple attempts to sign him have not been fruitful. For a company that has tried to market itself as the number one promotion in the world, they are unable to accept the fact that the number one fighter in the world does not reside on its roster of contracted fighters.

We believe that the UFC has determined that it’s much more inexpensive for them to use their marketing resources to use smoke and mirrors to brand a fighter as the pound-for-pound best as opposed to actually paying the pound-for-pound best what he is truly worth on the open market.

While Brock Lesnar is an accomplished athlete and a talented fighter, we do not consider him to be the number one heavyweight in the world. Until someone beats him, we strongly believe that Fedor should continue to be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round.

For those who feel our statements in regards to Fedor are self-serving, we’d like to refer you to a video interview on the website RawVegas.tv in which at his UFC 91 after-party Couture himself acknowledges that “Fedor would probably tear Brock up at this point.”

— Jerry Millen, M-1 Vice President

37 COMMENTS
  • mike wolfe says:

    It would be silly for UFC to respond to this because it would only legitimize M-1. If it did respond, it should state that it would welcome Fedor with open arms and regrets that he has decided to squander his considerable talents in a bush league org.

  • ShhxIMxHiding says:

    That is probably exactly what Dana White said to Fertitta when they discussed this statement.

  • mike wolfe says:

    Nah. Dana would have said that f***king Fedor had chosen to squander his considerable f***king talents in a f***ing bush league org., f***kers.

  • Lord Faust says:

    I don’t see Dana doing them this sort of favour.

  • Patrick says:

    To be honest, I don’t think Fedor is #1, I really believe Spider Silva is, regardless of the marketing. I love Fedor, terrific fighter and great to watch, I don’t believe that pound for pound he is greater than Spider Silva.

    The way I see it is that the variation in pound for pound rankings is in the number 2/3/4 spots, in which you can interchange Fedor, B.J. Penn, and GSP in any of those three spots depending on how you feel at any given moment, Spider is the top though, I’m not sure about any argument saying otherwise.

  • Davey D says:

    Emelianenko Fedor will fight in the UFC someday. He has obviously decided he wants to test himself against who they have. It will be interesting to see how he does in the Octagon. I want to see it.

  • Bill Lumberg says:

    Those Crazy fu#$%ng Russians, get a life. While Brock trains to get better everyday Fedor is worried about filming Thiland porn films and sending love letters like a third grade girl. This will never be resovled and its a shame. Go get your free t shirts and fight UFC’s cast aways. While Arlovski vs Fedor will be entertaining, the UFC is just going to get bigger and better.

  • dpk says:

    M-1 can keep talking, and Fedor can keep fighting on PPVs that consider 100K buys a success, especially with the economy looking like it is. Every serious MMA fan knows that he is the best HW out there, but until he is UFC champion the casual guy on the street is going to think that it is Lesnar or who ever is UFC champ. There is no way in hell that UFC co-promotes with Affliction and M-1, they know that and everyone else knows that, this is just a BS statement.

  • Jay K. says:

    Yawn, not gonna happen.

    When I read this stuff, I want to be entertained by the likes of Kurt Angle or Tito!

    Grrrrrrr, LOL!

  • JohnnyRev says:

    Brock vs. Randy is going to do 900k in buys ? Fedor vs. Timmy did under 100k ? I bet they would love to suck on the UFC’s perverberial teet !! The NFL does not send the Giants to go play the arena league champ do they ??? Sure there are some talented players in that league but it’s not the NFL now is it ? Same goes for Fedor and his bush league antics. The only place a elite level fighter can constantly make a pay check is the UFC. They have had a total of how many cancelled shows ??? I can think of hmmmm…. none??? in fact the only zuffa show cancelled was the WEC that was postponed due to a hurricane.

  • jdavis says:

    Oh that Jerry Millen and his silly antics.

  • Robert says:

    Fedor does not need to fight in the UFC. I’m sure he’s living quite well and doesn’t feel the need to compete in the UFC just to please people in the U.S. The people who have followed the sport for awhile and have seen a number of different events around the world for years know how good he is, also to JohnnyRev your comparison of the NFL sending the Giants to play the Arena league champ is a ridiculous and frankly asinine one.The best football players in the world are in the NFL. The best fighters in the world are scattered all over the world in different promotions and the best happens to be Russian and with M-1.

  • egad81 says:

    bottom line…. id pay to see it. Make it happen Dana! or is Brock scared?

  • Dr,Stoppage says:

    As usual,both the UFC and Fedor will do well without relying on each other.
    It sonds like both Jerry Millen and Vinnie Mac are both trying to capitilize off of Lesnar’s win.
    At the very least,Lesnar has made the UFC heavyweights interesting again.

  • TheSomberlain says:

    Funny how everyone says this is a marketing ploy (which it is) but you are all missing the point of the statement, viz. that Fedor would give Lesnar a concussion within the first 30 seconds. Dont think the UFC will ever sign Fedor though, Dana is way too hard headed and stubborn. One can always dream.

  • ihateemo says:

    Hooray, M-1 still trying to milk Fedor to get their own promotion off the ground. I don’t like that the UFC is the only gig in town, but their inability to manage themselves without trying to ride the UFC’s coattails is kind of pathetic. I feel almost bad for Fedor. Sure they’ve gotten their guy some nice paydays, but I’d be incensed that they’re thinking of their own business interests almost more than they’re thinking about the fighter they’re managing.

    Points deducted further for hugely disrespecting Anderson Silva, too. From his attitude and that of his managers, I thought Fedor only cared about the money? Is he suddenly regretting that his legacy is going to be looked at through the lens of his New Year’s Eve fights? Silva has taken on all comers whereas Fedor – or at least, his people – have hemmed and hawed about Fedor fighting top competition since PRIDE went under.

    Looking forward to the Arlovski fight, though. We’ll see I guess.

  • Justin says:

    Foget UFC! Forget M-1! Any true fan of MMA (by the way, UFC or “Ultimate Fighting” is not a sport kids, it’s a promotion) knows that Fedor is the #1 heavyweight in the world. Randy Couture knows that Fedor is the #1 heavyweight in the world; it’s an undisputed fact. Why do you think every heavyweight title holder in almost every promotion is dying to fight Fedor?

    Let’s see Fedor v. Lesnar so that we can prove that Lesnar is a joke and then let’s see Fedor v. Couture; I’d say Randy’s earned it.

  • tylerdante69 says:

    “Fedor would probably tear Brock up at this point.”

    Randy Couture

  • Matt says:

    Love how Jerry Millen is representing M-1 and basically uses this open letter as a soap box to rip the UFC. You can talk shit when you are successful not when you fail 3 times and soon to be a 4th. Yes, Brock would be soundly beaten by Fedor now, but given a year, I honestly would put money on Brock and would see him as a sound bet.

  • anomie says:

    I love new fanboys to the sport! Why? Because they don’t remember when the UFC considered 100,000 buys a success or when Dana would grandstand with Pride so that he could draw attention to his promotion. Dana is their new messiah, and they trust in the name of his lordship.

  • Toad says:

    the UFC will not consider co-promoting, dana has said it before. If fedor wants to fight the best, …i guess that now includes brock lesnar, he must sign a contract with the UFC…. if his russian manager could stop being so damn stupid and do this then this conflict would be over with.

  • JJ says:

    Anomie, good post, I agree.

  • JizzMasterZero says:

    Why does this douchebag keep rearing his ugly head? Jerry, take your douche bag du jour shirts (aka Affliction), tie one around your neck and another to a tree branch and jump.

  • Bill Lumberg says:

    Wow people are really going out on a limb here saying Fedor would own Brock. No shit, the point is Fedor doesnt care about fighting the best, he cares about money only. Fedor is by far the best fighter but that will eventually changed with age and time my friends. The fact is Amercia loves the UFC and it is growing to match the heights of the NFL and NBA. It has already surpassed MLB in my eyes. If they stick to their plan of international growth UFC will bar none be the best sporting orginization in the world within ten years. Fedor can play his games all he wants but this sport is going to out grow him and new talent will take over. Not saying that is Brock at all but I am excited to see new talented fighters who want to help this sport grow. Fedor and his russian buddies can keep fighting tomato cans in Japan and UFC castaways and this sport will pass him up in two to three years. It is a shame but I am to the point were I dont care if he fights here in america or not. This sport is getting to great and too big to worry about his baby ass and his poor management team.

  • just another A hole! says:

    Brock not getting out of the first round? Bull…Fedor is not Drago nor Rocky. Brock would drop him. Every fight in the UFC he’s had, he’s dropped his opponent. Too much power for Boris and Natasha

  • Carm says:

    You gotta pay to play. UFC needs to start paying their fighters what they’re worth and quit getting into pissing matches with individual fighter contracts. It’s like the NFL telling TO to go eff himself. Although he deserves it. It just doesn’t happen. Fighters need a union otherwise the fans will never truly see the best fights. Until then we’re stuck with king of the hill vs rinky dink organizations.

  • ken says:

    This idea is stupid for the UFC, wonderful for M-1.

    I don’t get it. What business reason is there for the UFC to team with a rival organization? What does the UFC have to gain from such a deal.

    A Fedor fight? So what?

    As M-1 said in their statement, UFC can just market another contender and have huge payday’s for themselves.

    If they work with M-1, maybe the payday is slightly larger with Fedor, but it’s split with the partners . Then UFC gives up brand equity and dilutes their image, while the partners gain equity by association with the UFC.

  • Bill Lumberg says:

    I agree with a fighters union but am unsure how it would work with so many orginazations. The NBA pay structure I feel is the best any league has to offer because you dont negotiate, it is what it is. THe NFL is bullshit because you get guys like Jake Long securing a $60 million dollar deal before he even takes a snap. At least in the NBA it is a tiered structure off of time in the league. I mean could a jump start orginization like AFL, IFL , Affliction really honor union forced contracts? It will someday happen, just like the Diktas, Jim Brown and old time football players paid their dues and another generation is reaping the benifits- the current fighters are going to do the same.

  • leeg8r says:

    Why woud’nt Dana want this fight to happen ? He says Fedor is overated and the pay per view would break record sales ! Maybe it’s because Fedor is one of the first fighters that payed attention to how big of a douche bag Dana really is and did not need the UFC to help his career . Dana does not want the fight to happen because he knows Fedor will win and then he would have to offer him huge money to fight in the UFC and also prove that he is either blind or just full of shit !

  • CanuckleSandwich says:

    @ Bill Lumberg

    Yah, agreed the fighters deserve certain benefits at the expense of the promotion since they’re the ones risking life and limb every day to make the promoters rich.

    … but I don’t agree with your position on the NFL as a model – the difference between the NFL union-based contract and most other leagues is the lack of **guaranteed** contracts. This is a huge factor. The money may seem high, but it’s not a guaranteed longterm paycheque like, say MLB or whatever. If you end up really sucking or, even more likely, if you get badly injured and can’t play for an extended period you can be released and say goodbye to your money. WHile it’s not ideal for the fighters themselves long-term, that’s not such a bad structure for promotional organisations involved in a combat sport like MMA where fighters’ career length is never a certain thing.

  • leeg8r says:

    You say Fedor only cares about money ???????? Money is obviously the only thing douche Dana cares about or he would given real MMA fans what they wanted and let Randy out of his contract to fight Fedor .

  • ZP580 says:

    Lesner would get beat down. He couldnt even handle a 220 lb 45 year old that hasnt fought in over a year. Lets be real, he only caught Randy. Before that he was unsuccesful at striking and takeing Randy down. Lesners a joke. All he has is size and thats it. I hope he fights Nogeria.

  • Joey says:

    Yeah, he’s fighting in a bush league and only cares about the money not fighting top contenders. Well he’s already beat the nonbush league champion/interim champion/whatever you’ll call him now TWICE. Also, if you forget Randy, he beat the champion they had before him in 36 seconds, and the champion before that is his next fight. Yeah, he should get out of the bush league and prove himself willing to fight anybody because Sylvia, Arlovski, Barnett, etc. are way less established than Valasquez and Carwin. Give me a break, if Fedor was in any other weight class than HW I’d agree with these statements but he’s not.

    As far as what the UFC is doing, I understand it and I’d do the same thing if I was them but that does not excuse the people posting about the UFC to buy into their bullshit or marketing ploys.

  • Max says:

    The way i see it, until you can take Fedor 1 on 1, you shouldn’t say shit about him or his management.

  • chad says:

    You are absolutely right joey. The ufc IS a huge smoke screen all together and Fedor didnt sign with them because of this and how the fighters were treated / payed. But i knew Dana was simply fulla shit the day he even became so desperate to down play Fedor. Heres a word of the wise to all you dense people that are led astray by ufc propaganda. Dana White who is the man that puls the strings at UFC and his former right hand man Randy Couture were both people “SUPPOSEDLY” wanting a fight with Fedor !?! Then there is absolutely no reason or obstacles in the way other then the ones dana and couture created and they created them because they didnt want to fight Fedor because they knew what the outcome was going to be and knew that if they just ployed it all they could get advertisment/ publicity out of it but actually coming out and fighting would end all that B.S. with a very hard hitting truth (no pun intended). Its like the cocky person behind the pc keyboard vs the real man on the streeet asking you out, you know damn well hes not leaving his keyboard but insted he can safely set at it and type / advertise all the smack he wants and come up with bogus reasons why he cant fight. END OF STORY !!! and one last note, Couture was 16-8 prior to losing to lesnar, wtf kind of champion record is that ?? Cotoure doesnt even make the worlds top 5, lil chicken shit ducked Nog to !!! But of course he would since randy was tapped by someone nog easily submitted as well as his teammate Henderson whos much more dangerous then couture.

  • Jesse says:

    just make the damn fight .. get fedor in the ufc ,, i want to see.

  • Cameron h says:

    First off all I like the ufc, but I’m sick of watching the same fights. Dana white is ab idiot for not having a co promotion with affliction and m-1. It would make one of the biggest mma shows if not the biggest. Dana white does not care about the sport of mma but the bank roll of the ufc.

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