Exclusive: Vadim Finkelstein says there is no exact Fedor-Werdum date just yet


    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.

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    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RaymondTOROquiles RaymondTOROquiles

      Y he always fightin
      ufc rejects man
      come on man
      u disapoint me again fedor

      HE should be figthin OVerreem

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RaymondTOROquiles RaymondTOROquiles

      This is like if fedor
      is hiding behind a woman

      shame on u

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DanielCassidy Daniel Cassidy

      niiiiiiiiiice exclusive anton!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMA777 MMA777

      I’m a huge Fedor fan, but this is getting ridiculous. I don’t care which organization or promotion is gonna make fights with Fedor happen, as long as Fedor fights at least 3 times a year!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zombiepower Zombiepower

      the Don King od russia

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Zombiepower Zombiepower


    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Anwar Anwar

      I hate this guy. Sign the UFC contract and the get this shit over with it. This guy is ****ing up Fedor’s legacy. Fedor should be in the UFC.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/grapplure grapplure

      i agree. i used to be a fedor fan, but he is done, by the time he gets real competition he will be out of his prime

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Jizzle11 Jizzle11

      I really hope when Fedor’s contract is over with M1… he signs with the UFC

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

      I don’t think Fedor is going to fight Verdum anytime soon. It’s time for Fedor to start fighting some real competition before it’s too late.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

      You have to be one of the most disloyal fans ever. You USED to be a fan of Anderson Silva and now Fedor. Comon’ man !!!!!

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MAMBA24ILL MAMBA24ILL

      So now it’s Showtime & Strikeforce’s fault that Fedor hasn’t fought?
      Why in the heck wouldn’t they want him competing on there cards as much as possible. These guys suck at marketing fights & promoting there fighters.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Hurricane2k Hurricane2k

      ….Vadim Finkelstein cant stand this Douchbag

      Realy wish Fedor would part from him and get a new home ..
      Sinds this guy is a ****ing bloodsucker !

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAeveryDay MMAeveryDay

      Fedor is invested and holds shares in M-1 so from that stand point, why would he leave. His legacy is important but I think he is more focused on creating and maintaining wealth in his family. I want to see him fight in the UFC as well but I’m just sayin’ there’s more to it then entertainment.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UltraFedor UltraFedor

      if Strikeforce is found to break contract that means that the contract can be found void by Fedors gay manager , and if infact Dana has been talking to them then it means 1 thing.

      Fedor does not have to fight in strikeforce and can sign with UFC asap without any action taken against him. and yes Fedor will most likely fight Mir or even Anderson Silva and 2 just tear them apart ,although Mir lost his last fight his punches seemed really powerfull and quick

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UltraFedor UltraFedor

      This is good news to Fedor and Dana White, If Strikeforce violates the contract ,Dana white can step in and Sign Fedor!!!!!!! HELL FKN YA>

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

      Ready to fight in April? Didn’t they claim Fedor broke his had and couldn’t fight in April?

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

      Fedor haters go and read BJ Penn’s article about UFC and Dana wath you gona say after that

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier


    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/51JD51 51JD51

      Lol I don’t know, Dana always says such great things about Showtime.

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

      im not saying that to you bro :)

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

      i don’t want one guy controling the whole MMA and treat them like factory workers his champions gone out of control and the rest slave trade

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Warcrazed Warcrazed

      but ud rather have this filth manage fighters.. look what hes done to fedor… Instead of people argueing about Fedor being the greatest, people wouldve known.. this is the douchebag that has helped stir the arguement of fedor’s legacy becuz he tries to ride fedors coat tails..
      IMO M-1 is scum…

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/muaythaispyder muaythaispyder

      coming from the fedor nuthugger

    • http://lowkickmma.com/author/SikBoi SikBoi