Vadim Finkelstein: We are ready to have Fedor fighting in the UFCPosted on March 29, 2012, 10:17 AM by Anton Gurevich
Speaking exclusively to one of the biggest news websites in Russia, Gazeta.ru, M-1 Global boss Vadim Finkelstein spoke about the future of Fedor Emelianenko's Mixed Martial Arts career, and Dana White's recent comments about having no interest in signing "The Last Emperor". According to Finkelstein, Emelianenko's next fight will take place in Russia, most likely in St. Petersburg, with sights on fighting again this year somewhere abroad. "The demand for Fedor Emelianenko is still high," says Finkelstein, who once again declared that M-1 Global are completely open for dialogue with the UFC.
Fedor Emelianenko is currently 33-4-1 in his MMA career, 2-0 since losing to Dan Henderson back in July, 2011.
Here's the full translation of Vadim Finkelstein's interview with Gazeta.ru:
M-1 Global Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan, mentioned on Twitter than Fedor’s next fight may be held in Rio de Janeiro?
Brazil really wants to see Fedor. There the largest media company in the country is involved there. But, again, we have plenty of offers, and not only from Rio. There’s a huge demand for Fedor as a fighter.
Who else is interested in Fedor?
Singapore. We are sending our representative to Singapore for negotiations. I heard about certain interest from the Indian organization Super Fight League. However, we are yet to discuss anything with them. But in general we have another very serious contact. Unfortunately, I cannot disclose this information. But the negotiations are already underway.
Who will be Fedor’s next opponent?
Not yet. We'll see. We have to agree on date and place of his next fight. And then, and we’ll see who’s worthy of fighting Fedor Emelianenko. But as you know, many good fighters are tied on the contract with the UFC.
UFC President Dana White recently said that he has zero interest in signing Fedor...
You need to know Dana. If he says he has no interest in signing Fedor, then in fact, he really wants to. He says one thing, and doing another. How can you not want a fighter who can bring millions? Any fight with Fedor could break all the rating records in the UFC.
Maybe you should make the first step?
We are open for dialogue. It’s just that Dana White thinks that we will come to him, kneel down and say: "We are ready for any conditions to sign a contract." Of course, this will never happen. Fedor deserves nothing but respect. But like I said, there’s still a high demand for Fedor. We are ready to have Fedor fighting in the UFC, it’s just that we need a normal offer. And the fact that White is always saying that he offered us everything “on a silver platter” is a lie.