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Super Fight League interested in signing Fedor Emelianenko

Iconic heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko has seemingly enjoyed free agency so far since parting ways with Strikeforce, racking up a pair of solid victories over Jeff Monson and Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii in late 2011 before taking some time off to heal up and recharge his batteries. Though he recently spoke out about wanting to fight this summer, teasing the UFC as a possibility, nothing more has developed on that front.

However, it appears he still has at least one suitor interested in his services on a regular basis – newly formed Super Fight League. SFL put on its first show earlier this month with another event planned for April featuring recognizable veterans Todd Duffee, Neil Grove, Paul Kelly, Ryan Healy, Ikuhisa Minowa, and Alexander Shlemenko. Additional shows are planned for the remainder of the year, all in India where the promotion is based out of.

“Fedor is definitely a fighter we would consider and would be honored to have fight in the SFL,” said CEO Ken Pavia when asked about Emelianenko by Fighters Only Magazine.

While Pavia’s response can only be taken at face value, as most organizations would enjoy Emelianenko’s star power on their roster, it seems the Russian’s management team is at least open to the idea if the particulars can be worked out.

“We are of course flattered by Pavia’s statement and if there are any concrete proposals for co-operation, Fedor and Vadim (Finkelstein) will of course seriously consider them,” said M-1 Global executive Evgeni Kogan.

Emelianenko’s two wins since his Strikeforce run improved his overall record to 33-4. Other impressive victories to his credit include those against Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, Mirko Filipovic, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.


  • fanoftna33 says:

    Who wouldnt be interested in Fedor, it is just the prospect of having to deal with M 1 that sucks.

  • Sykotick says:

    Their fate would be either one of bankruptcy or being purchased by Forza/Zuffa.

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Since they are new, I don’t think it’d be smart to co promote right out of the gate

  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    M-1 Global starring The Last Emperor Fedor Emilianeko and super fight league present an M-1 Global production = concrete proposal for co operation.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    I supose your one of those that think M1 was responsible for bankrupting Bodog, Pride and others Sykotik like Affliction etc. Its a shame that none of that is even slightly true. Perhaps you should look it up?
    Anyway I dont like this idea unless Barnett and another couple of big names refuse to give up all their civil rights and remain out of the UFC. I would love to see him retire with a rematch against Werdum and a fight against Barnett in either SF or the UFC.

  • Rece Rock says:

    As quickly as they started is as quickly they will be ending… SFL 3: Going out of business.


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