Fedor Signs With The UFC ?

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Conflicting reports have surfaced about Fedor Emelianenko’s status with the UFC. First the LA Times “UFC finalizing deal”,

A long-awaited agreement between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the man considered the world’s best mixed martial arts fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Friday, a source with information about the negotiations told The Times today.

The source, who asked not to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak publicly about the dealings, called negotiations between the UFC and Fedor “very civil” just days after Fedor’s scheduled Affliction Trilogy fight Saturday against Josh Barnett was canceled.

The UFC is expected to hold a Press Conference on Friday.

Second, M-1 Global claims otherwise,

“I can give you a guarantee it’s not accurate,” said Apy Echteld of M-1 Global, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based promotion and management company of which Emelianenko is an equity stakeholder. [SI]

Fedor is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday in California, hopefully it will shed some light on this mess.

Props: “Roy”


  1. sy

    July 29, 2009 at 1:33 am

    hope this is true

  2. Al 2.0

    July 29, 2009 at 2:22 am

    After reading the LA Times I got really excited, then reading the mma sports illustrated i got pissed. IF the LA times was wrong and just went off a non credible source, I will forever hate the city of LA, and all who dwell within.

  3. roy

    July 29, 2009 at 2:42 am

    yeah i was getting real excited, i don't want to get my hopes up to much till it is confirmed.

  4. MW74

    July 29, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Al 2.0- Don't let the LA times be responsible for you hating that city and it's citizens….. there's TONS of reasons to hate them all even if LA times comes up credible….skid row, mayor villaragosa, King hospital, the pompous asses of Beverly hills, Dr. 90210….the clippers…TONS of reasons

  5. Al 2.0

    July 29, 2009 at 3:03 am


  6. Tim

    July 29, 2009 at 4:17 am

    This is probably true as Dana said it himself he will do whatever it takes to get Fedor in the UFC within Reason, so basically its M-1 that needs to bow down and just let the deal happen.

    If this is true he will fight Lesnar in about 3 months for the Title and this will be the highest grossing gate and paperview ever. Dana isnt stupid this is a win win for him and the UFC if Fedor comes in and beats Brock, then he claims the title and fights Couture next for another huge ratings fight and so on. If Brock beats Fedor than Brock makes history and claims the title of legend killer and definetly puts a astrisk next to his name as being a legit contender as only a rookie. Fedor's loss would be a toss up for many fight fans as wether he is legit or not but that shouldnt be the focus on the loss if he loses it should be that Fedor lost to a better fighter and rookie at that..sorry had to throw that in as i am just gettting excited on this as it could go either way with Fedor being the favorite of course. Then Fedor could still fight Couture and Brock wont go away if he loses so its a win win for the UFC BIG TIME!!! come on Dana/M-1 and get it done.

  7. roy

    July 29, 2009 at 5:46 am

    very true tim, if fedor wins he keeps going as the best on the planet and brock just rebuilds no shame in losing to the best, if brock wins it solidifies him as the true hw champ of the world. one loss won't hurt fedors rep, if he loses to everyfighter in the ufc than it would.

  8. MW74

    July 29, 2009 at 6:08 am

    The only way this thing materializes is if that turd of a coat tail riding s.o.b. finally stops sucking at the cash teat of Fedor long enough for the men to do business. It's nonsense for them to believe Dana or the Fertitas would allow M-1's moniker on THEIR brand. M-1 hasn't built up a multi "B"illion dollar industry. They have fedor and only fedor. He needs UFC $$$ more than UFC needs his presence…..WANTS IT?! that's another story.

  9. Miko

    July 29, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I'm not believing anything until I see Fedor in the octagon

  10. Al 2.0

    July 29, 2009 at 6:49 am


    MMA Writer Michael Smith and others are talking to Fedor and his management via phone, and according to the phone conversation, Fedor and the UFC aren't even a little bit close to making a deal :(

  11. tom

    July 29, 2009 at 7:47 am

    i hope this is for real

  12. rhetro

    July 29, 2009 at 8:00 am

    i read about this yesterday on google's sports news page.

    it said that dana announced that he has some big news to break on friday. and when u sign a fighter u are prolly signing him to fight someone and not just a multiple fight deal and then announce that u've only signed him. dana is going to announce who his first fight is gunna be against. odds are its brock but with fedor ready to fight rite now they mite put him up against somebody else. and with most of the hevyweight condenders already placed to fight i wonder who it could be. i belive that mirko crocop isnt placed for a fight yet. he is the only other fighter i can think that is worthy and available. could we see fedor v mirko 2 soon?

  13. CYRYUS

    July 29, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Hate to be the baron of bad news. But this is false. M-1 was quoted already today that Fedor will only compete in a promotion that will co-promote with them. UFC will never, I repeat, NEVER co-promote with anyone. They are too full of themselves. Perhaps rightfully so, but still, they won't cave to these demands. And Fedor won't do anything against his little Fink. If the UFC wanted to co-promote, they would have done it like 2 years ago or w/e it was when there was the enormous hype then that UFC was going to sign Fedor and have him fight Couture. He's not signing. He's going to Strikeforce.

  14. roy

    July 29, 2009 at 8:17 am

    yes and fedor just signed on to do the ea sports game as well, not looking to good for fedor going to the ufc but i hope there is still a chance that it will happen.

  15. Al

    July 29, 2009 at 9:31 am

    I like Fedor a lot, but if he's not in the ufc and signs with another promotion, I'm going to have to go back on my word and say he's ducking the UFC. If he wanted to be the best he'd go to the UFC. I hear there offering him tons of money and that the only thing is the co-promotion, which is bullshit. I would just say retire, because there really is no one left for him to fight outside the octagon. I'm really hoping by friday a miracle deal comes together, or else Fedor will never be in the UFC. ever.

  16. CYRYUS

    July 29, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I have to agree that if it doesn't happen this time, it doesn't happen at all. He's not getting any younger, and without good competition to keep him hungry and in prime fighting condition, the desire will fade, and he'll forever be questioned as to whether he really was "the best". There are a few fights outside the UFC that would possibly be good fights, but once the 2 fights dry up, then what? The UFC is going to continue to suck up the elite fighters, so finding competition outside will further decline. At this rate, I wouldn't put it past the UFC to sign up as many HW's that are considered elite, just to screw Fedor out of some good fights.

  17. tazke

    July 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Whatever, go fight in the UFC or F**** OFF!

    Ya thats it get in some shady deal with some russians.

    Last thing the UFC is going to do (I hope) is get cornered into some crap deal because 4 outta 5 folks think Fedor is the greatest PP fighter. Obviously he doesn't give a poot about it (or believe it) or he would be trying to make a deal to prove he is the greatest PP fighter now that he has a chance.

  18. tazke

    July 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

    CYRYUS, you gotta good point there with the HW signing. Pretty smart idea.

    Look at the upcoming TUF season, the top guy or guys get a contract then whoever else is left is just some guy who lost the UF. So no real puplicity value in that.

  19. dane drebin

    July 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

    why would the ufc ever co-promote an event with m1-global? who the hell is m1? M1 is insane if they think we are gunna see UFC 103 Lesnar VS Fedor… presented by M1global hahaha ya right. Fedor is one of my fave fighters but if he stays just with M1 global hes a retard and im tired of talking about him. I highly doubt even strikeforce would co-promote wth M1. Everyone M1 has co-promoted with is out of business. M1 is never gunna take off they have one good fighter in fedor and No 1 fghter no matter how awesome is gunna carry an entire company. People arent gunna pay for a paperview with fedor and a buncha nobodys. later finkelstien news flash the ufc is growing like crazy without fedor and they will keep growing without him. Fedor will be missed if he doesnt go to the UFC but the majority of casual mma fans dont even know his name. sad that if he doesnt go to the ufc he will go down in history as the greatest fighter that was never known.

  20. tom

    July 29, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Ufc is the shit and Made mma what it is today and If fador doesnt sighn with the ufc he should be dropped out of the number one fighter in his weight becUSE he isnt fighting the best fighters out there

  21. Farmer

    July 29, 2009 at 10:51 am

    DUDES, its a conspiracy by the bad UFC!!

    1. they got a mole in Affliction, tells them they are going tits up

    2. they get ultimate fighter going with contender heavyweights

    3. someone slips some "juice" in Josh Barnett’s kool aid

    4. the inside guy at the CSAC make sure he gets tested pos.

    5. What now???? Fink has accident???

  22. hosan

    July 29, 2009 at 11:11 am


  23. MW74

    July 29, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Farmer! Now that's some funny a$$ $hit right there! :) hahahahaha…..but seriously, do you hink there's a possibility Finkelstink could fall victim to some unfortunate accident?! Cause that would be AWESOME!!!!

  24. Mike

    July 29, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    UFC should just buy out M1 global… they'll make the money back.

  25. MW74

    July 29, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    That's exactly what they are hoping for! Damnit, mike, don't you see?! THAT'S how the terrorists win!

  26. Mike

    July 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    no Zuffa are after Fedor on his own….

    M1 has Fedor, Sobral and Mousasi.

    imho offer Fink 10 million and he'll sell.

  27. Farmer

    July 29, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks MW74

    I see a lot of Bud stock sold the past few days. Can only assume they are getting cash together to get Finker to let Fedor go beat lesnar.

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