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According to Vadim Finkelchtein Fedor Will Fight in the Fall for M-1 On Showtime, Possibly Against Kevin Randleman


(Vadim’s revenge on Dana: Selling bootleg UFC shirts.)

Fedor Emelianenko‘s manager Vadim Finkelchtein did an interview recently with Championat.com about the fighting future of his fighter whose career has hit a roadblock following his third straight loss two weeks ago to Dan Henderson. During the Q&A the Dana White’s favorite crazy Russian revealed that “The Last Emperor” will fight in the fall in Russia on the next M-1 Global show, possibly against fellow slumping former PRIDE standout Kevin Randleman, and that the event will likely be shown on Showtime.

Check out the full translation of what Vadim had to say below:

Did the decision to continue his MMA career largely belong to Fedor, or was it due to his contractual obligations?


A bit of everything. Of course, alone in this question was a personal desire to continue for Fedor. Contracts are of secondary importance. If Fedor decided to leave, he could not interfere with any contract … Fedor listened to what friends, fighters and fans were saying and made a decision. Emelianenko is currently a very high demand athlete. We have consulted with him and decided that you can not go that way. Fedor is healthy and full of energy and he is ready to continue fighting. He is 34. This is the peak age for heavyweights. Dan Henderson continues to compete in the ring at 41 and win. Emelianenko could serve another five years at a high level. This is in fact only the beginning. More injuries he does not have, so to leave now would be wrong.

When will be the return of Fedor? Is it feasible that Emelianenko will enter the ring in Russia?

Yes, we want to organize the fight Fedor in Russia. Work has already begun in this direction. If everything will develop successfully, in the fall we organize a show in Moscow or St. Petersburg and the main event will feature Fedor. 

This fight will be held at the show M-1 Global, without any co-promotion? 

Absolutely true. We will arrange a fight on our own. Now the market has by and large no one with whom to work. Strikeforce slowly but surely bent under the influence of the new owners from Zuffa. They started firing fighters as well as several other changes – all because of Dana White. He has no interest in running the company, but he creates conditions so that it soon cease to exist. In my opinion, he is very good at it. We’re going to go our own way, developing our own direction. Showtime has met with us. Americans are ready to support our initiative and to support Russia’s fighter, Fedor. 

Who are the fighters will be treated as an opponent Fedor? 

There are a lot of potential opponents for him. Personally, I’d like to see him face one of the greatest fighters of the best times from PRIDE. I hope that it is an interesting and competitive opponent, such as Kevin Randleman. In any case, we’ll choose a worthy and respected fighter in the world.  

American TV networks would certainly interested in having Fedor return to the U.S. to fight with a top-level fighter after one or two wins. 

Exactly. That’s what we all are expecting. I hope that in addition to the fight in Russia we will be able to negotiate for Fedor to fight on New Year’s night in Japan. If all goes well, in 2012 we’ll be back in the U.S. All these ideas are being developed, but ideally we would like things to work exactly according to this plan.

What is currently the situation with the contract with Showtime and has there been a change in the agreement?

With Showtime we originally had agreed to broadcast on the 3 +1 scheme. The contract could undergo adjustments in the event that Fedor would lose two fights in a row. Fedor lost, and now the contract is suspended. This is a normal working process. Logically, the TV people will change the conditions in some of the contract. But our cooperation on this will not stop. Showtime is interested in working with us and we are with them. It is interesting to work with him. As a show of good faith, we have decided to allow Showtime to broadcast Fedor’s fight in Russia. This is a large and very expensive project, which should bring our relationship to a new level.

The battle at home, according to many fans, this is a big plus for Fedor, not only because it will be supported by his home fans, but also in familiar conditions for a fighter without the long flights, acclimatization and other negative factors . 

I absolutely agree with that. In many ways, this is why we decided to arrange the next fight with Fedor in Russia. He does not need to recuperate from his last fight, so it will have no additional workload due to which his body will be in order. Fedor will have a couple of tune-up fights again and get back to his winning ways before going back to the States to return the debts. I’m sure it’s Fedor strength. Need to start small and gradually build up speed.  

Do you think enough just to change the conditions of the organization fighting? But what about the methods and format of training, do not you think that this issue needs overall adjustments? 

Overall, we will change nothing. More time should be given to diversity in preparation for the fight. To travel to the famous schools of different fighters for sparring and sharing experiences may alter his style. Dan Henderson offered Fedor some assistance. So what the choice is we will see. We just need to put a lot of effort into practice. A soldier must develop if he ceases to progress, then all we can say is his song is sung. The same can be said for coaches. MMA progresses, so along with them to progress all the action. 

Many experts are convinced that Emelianenko is necessary to change coaches. In particular the brother of Fedor, Alexander had some unflattering things to say about his trainers – Vladimir Voronov and Alexander Michkova. 

I do not know. That’s a  question I have not yet raised. In fact, it’s difficult to comment on this point because I myself am not a master of sport in one form or another martial arts to unambiguously assess the level of the coaching staff. In their working process, I try not to interfere. The only thing I can suggest something to the fan’s point of view without going into details. But one thing is clear: something must be changed.

Vadim, you as a manager and close friend just Fedor does not seem that the belief in some extent interfere with Fedor?

I do not think so. Faith in God, in contrast, gives him the strength, discipline. Knowing Fedor, I can say that with the coming into believing he was better. Fedor problem, perhaps in a slightly different – it is a very correct person. For example, when Fedor is fasting in preparation for fights, he loses a certain amount of useful items. To compensate for the lack of  these substances, there are many different legal pharmaceutical drugs he could take, but Fedor refuses to take them. The result is that in the fight his body was not in the best condition. But then you look at a guy like Dan Henderson, all right, who doesn’t have that problem only for the simple reason that he takes drugs to compensate for his deficiencies. 

What are the plans Emelianenko in the near future? 

Fedor will take a month off for vacation. He needs to stay with his family. His wife had a difficult birth. Now, thank God, all is well and his daughter was born healthy. In September I plan to bring Fedor to the Netherlands. I think that it is necessary to pass a full recovery period in this country. There are all conditions for him to spend time with and to lay the foundation for the future.

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munche- August 10, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Didn't Jon Madsen just go to some third world country to spread his newfound love of Jesus?

And Rizzo hasn't been a contender in nearly a decade.
Chromium- August 10, 2011 at 5:13 pm
Here are some people outside of Zuffa-land (and also that Bellator wouldn't veto) who are actually credible enough opponents that Fedor might gain back some momentum or respect (assuming he wouldn't fight Overeem):
-Pedro Rizzo
-Jon Madsen
-Guram Gugenishvilli
-Shamil Abdurahimov
-Damian Grabowski

These are some of the people Fedor could fight and at least prove he isn't some sort of bum, that the times haven't passed him by entirely. He's actually harming his legacy fighting a guy like Kevin Randleman. It's a joke of a match-up.
munche- August 10, 2011 at 4:00 pm
The last thing I wanted to see for Fedor was running around in the outskirts of MMA fighting washed up cans. Kevin Fucking Randleman? Are you shitting me? They aren't even trying for guys with any credibility.

Might as well have him fight one of the Shamrocks.
SquidInk- August 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm
It is now 100% official: I no longer give a flying fuck about Fedor or anything he does.

What an incredible way to completely take a shit on any legacy you may have once had.
noname- August 10, 2011 at 2:18 pm
Seriously Fedor? You want to fight a light-heavyweight with a 17-16 record and 0-4 in his last 4 fights? If that's the case then just retire or drop to middle weight, just don't fight Randleman.
2DaDeath- August 10, 2011 at 1:39 pm
4. Fedor v Mirko II. OK, that one is legit.
5. Fedor v Pat Barry. Fedor could use a little sympathy from an opponent.
2DaDeath- August 10, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Five "Can" fights I wanna see:

1. Fedor v Shamrock. Either one is fine. Or both at the same time is also fine.
2. Fedor v Herschel Walker. Having DID is like having your own invisible army at your disposal.
3. Fedor v the entire cast of The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights..
joshuan29- August 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm
fedor needs to fire this fucker. embarassing! let him retire and dont further tarnish the legacy by saying words like relevant and kevin randleman in the same sentence. i love fedor and he is an alltime great. vadim is constantly making him look stupid. retire fedor, or if you are gonna hang around come the us and train at aka or some other top camp. his natural ability has slowed with age and he needs to adapt or go home to stary oskol.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- August 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Kevin fucking Randleman???? BWWAAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!!!!!!

I guess that's one way to get him back to winning - feed him has-beens and never-were's. Now he's even more like fellow unemployed fighter Alistair Overrated.
kmax1940- August 10, 2011 at 12:38 pm
wow... going to crush some cans at home... i dont care to spend money to see him.
Me likey- August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Vadim Finkelchtein=yoko ono
Me likey- August 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm
"To compensate for the lack of these substances, there are many different legal pharmaceutical drugs he could take, but Fedor refuses to take them. The result is that in the fight his body was not in the best condition. But then you look at a guy like Dan Henderson, all right, who doesn’t have that problem only for the simple reason that he takes drugs to compensate for his deficiencies. "
that is like saying that fedor could spar in preparation for his fights but his relegion doesn't allow him to.
ArmFarmer- August 10, 2011 at 12:21 pm
I know exactly where venomous is coming from and completely agree with that analogy.

As for this article, I didn't even bother to read the whole thing after reading between the lines on the first few answers. Basically I see "We know we can keep making money off of him, so of course he will keep fighting. Who will he fight? Shitheads. Shitheads that use to be kind of a big deal, but suck ass today. We will take him to other countries where people might be interested in his fights, and where washed up fighters are still getting beat up for paychecks. You know, pretty much what we were doing for the last 5 years before coming to Strikeforce and getting exposed."
eelcozy- August 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Fedor is the russian version of Theodore. So yeah, like the chipmunk.
Fried Taco- August 10, 2011 at 11:53 am
Fedor vs Cris "Cyborg" Santos is in the works for NYE in Japan.
Venomous- August 10, 2011 at 11:51 am
Jesus, Vadim killed Fedors legacy. He's like one of those girlfriends that just sucks out the life of your best friends and we all watch it happen. The ol succubus of MMA.
Lesnarischamp- August 10, 2011 at 11:50 am
the conquest of the cans begins.
fightfan- August 10, 2011 at 11:46 am
Talk about embarassing....

"Personally, I’d like to see him face one of the greatest fighters of the best times from PRIDE. I hope that it is an interesting and competitive opponent, such as Kevin Randleman."

A legend like Randleman? And people want to call him 1 of the best? Shameful. This guy would fight a women, if it meatn a win and a turnaround from 3 fight losing streak.
Gobbleston- August 10, 2011 at 11:45 am
Theodore? Like.. the chipmunk? Who the hell is Theodore, and why is he fasting for battle?
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