Exclusive: Vadim Finkelstein says there is no exact Fedor-Werdum date just yetPosted on April 22, 2010, 07:54 AM by Anton Gurevich
M-1 Global chairman Vadim Finkelstein has revealed in an exclusive interview to LowKick.com that there is no exact date just yet, for the Heavyweight showdown between the BJJ ace Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and “The Last Emperor” Fedor Emelianenko. The two heavyweights were expected to meet at Strikeforce’s “Nashville” event on April 17th, but it looks like a lot has changed between Scott Coker’s promotion and M-1 Global:
“There is no exact date just yet,” revealed Vadim Finkelstein. “Fedor was ready to fight in April, and he will be ready to fight in June. The ones who will decide when the fight takes place are Strikeforce and Showtime, not us.
There are all kind of rumors going around in the internet that we are demanding to change the conditions of our deal with Strikeforce. The reality is that we just want the terms of our contract with Strikeforce to be fulfilled. We do not ask for more money or other conditions, except of the original agreement.”
UFC President Dana White has recently revealed that the signature of Fedor Emelianenko became “an obsession”, and that he talks with M-1 Officials “more often than we would think”. Vadim Finkelstein denied any rumors about the possible negotiations between the two parties:
“We are currently not negotiating with the UFC, but it looks like Dana White may be really interested in signing Fedor Emelianenko.”
WAMMA Heavyweight Champion was challenged by the reigning Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem last March, in what became a long saga of a complicated relationship between the officials of the two camps. Vadim Finkelstein has recently apologized for the “steroid cattle” comments, stating that the words were not directed at “The Demolition Man”. M-1 Global boss stated that he considers Alistair Overeem a worthy competitor, hinting that everything depends on the fight against Brett Rogers on May 15th:
“I do not see anything bad for Fedor in fighting Alistair Overeem,” said Vadim Finkelstein. “I know that his next fight is against Brett Rogers, so we will have to see what will be the outcome of that fight. As for today, I consider Alistair Overeem as one of the leading candidatures for fighting Fedor.”
Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi has recently part ways with M-1 Global as his representatives. While the reason behind Mousasi’s decision to leave M-1 Global is still a mystery, Finkelstein stated that “The Dreamcatcher” was never under contract with his organization:
“Gegard Mousasi was never under contract with M-1 Global. He had a very good friendly relationship with Apy Echteld (M-1 official), that’s why he was so close to M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko.”
As for M-1 being “Global”, Vadim Finkelstein revealed the company’s future international plans. Answering on if his promotion will follow the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s footsteps and travel to the Middle East, Finkelstein stated that M-1 decided to go up North instead:
“For now, we are not going to the East, but to the North. Our next tournament will take place in Helsinki, Finland at the Ice Hall on May 29th. It’s will be the Semi-Finals of our Western Europe Championship, and the first event that big. The Eastern Europe Semi-Finals will take place in Kiev, as the final will probably take place in Sochi or St. Petersburg.”
In 2009 M-1 Global promoted more than 20 events, in Brazil, USA, Bulgaria, Japan, South Korea, Holland and Russia. According to various sources, M-1 Global’s next co-promotion with Strikeforce is scheduled for June 26th in HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, featuring the main event bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Fabricio Werdum.