MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Affliction and M-1 Now Both Own Fedor’s Ass

Fedor Emelianenko
(Say something about the pants. I wish you would.)

The relationship between Affliction and the MMA organization/Fedor Emelianenko rental company known as M-1 has always been somewhat sketchy. M-1 gets to make pointless speeches at Affliction pressers with no explanation as to why, they put their ads all over the arena during Afflicton’s July event, and generally seemed to have a hand in anything Fedor-related that Affliction even attempted. Now, apparently, the partnership is official:

“We’re basically just solidifying our relationship,” Affliction vice president Tom Atencio told MMAWeekly.com of the Russian promotion. “We work well with them. They’re one of the few companies we’ve worked with that if they say they’re going to do something, they do it. They’ve stood behind us, especially with negotiations with the UFC.”

This is part of what Affliction is planning to announce at tomorrow’s Trump Tower press conference in NYC. Another part is their involvement in the “Fighting Fedor” reality series. When will this show air, on what channel, and will there be anyone remotely credible in the running to fight Fedor? Hopefully that will all be answered at tomorrow’s press conference, though we can tell you right now that the answer to the last question is no.

The new deal between Affliction and M-1, however, should finally put to rest any notion of Fedor fighting Randy Couture in the near future. M-1′s Raimond Joost said there was no real possibility of Fedor signing a deal with the UFC, and as long as the UFC has Couture (which should be a healthy portion of his remaining shelf life as a fighter) you know they aren’t about to loan him out to the competition. So basically, take whatever remaining hope you had of ever seeing that fight and bury it somewhere deep inside yourself along with your suppressed rage and childhood dreams of happiness.

Joost also said that the January 24 Affliction show would be a “joint venture” with M-1, and said he expects another in the spring of 2009 featuring Josh Barnett and Aleks Emelianenko. Joost apparently thinks licensing won’t be a problem for Aleks, despite the California commission’s uncommonly strong words to the contrary. Accroding to Joost:

“There have been medical issues [ed note: just a little bit, yeah], but the nice thing about medical issues is that they can be resolved,” he said.

You have to admire the man’s optimism.

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brother shamus- October 18, 2008 at 5:15 pm
Those are Sambo pants , do some research first retard.
gt- October 16, 2008 at 7:39 pm
those are sambo gi pants
KTFO- October 16, 2008 at 9:04 am
@ Old: I don't think chuck is ready to fight yet, he's still in a "Sugar" coma! wah wah wah.
jackoff smirnoff- October 16, 2008 at 9:03 am
In soviet russia we can no afford punching bags, so we use the orphans. best place to find one: on playground, so what? i crush your head into monkey bars.
Old, Bald and Irish- October 15, 2008 at 7:12 pm
I, unfortunately, agree with Ben that any chance of seeing a Fedor vs Couture fight has pretty much disappeared...

...much like the hair on my head.

I have to face facts, the Randy/Fedor fight should have happened 3 years ago. It's too late now. I can think of several fighters that I would rather see Fedor crush instead of Couture: Nog, Mir, Lesner, Liddell (in a sick, "car wreck" kinda way), Arlovski (Fedor will crush him), Barnett.
John C. Dvorak- October 15, 2008 at 3:18 pm
Wow, can you make more out of nothing like this post?

Vadim Finkelstein is Fedor's manager because his kind of good with money, not because he makes bloggers happy.
Finkelstein also runs M-1 which has organized european events.
They are using their connection to leverage their way into co-promoting shows in the US with Affliction.
Which is basically how it works with movie agents and in the music industry. Heck, that's how it often works in college football when recruiting blue chips prospects..

M-1 wants the TV rights to resell in europe and to get more involved with the US market, in exchange Afflction will take part in russian-european projects... and to promote/sell more shirts there.

Finkelstein represents Fedor, other fighers and his own M-1promotion, all through the power of Fedor's reputation so he didnt lock Fedor into anything. Affliction is guaranteed that in the US Fedor will fight for them and was probably guaranteed that any theoretical Fedor/UFC deal would have to be copromotion with Affliction because Im sure they wouldnt want to miss out.
Fedor will still be able to fight in Japan, Russia, Sambo and so on.

Owning someone's ass is the UFC main event fighter who barely makes 15 thou.

Nothing has really changed except Affliction finally got Vadim to sign the papers.
Anonymous- October 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm
Wow, can you make more out of nothing like this post?

Vadim Finkelstein is Fedor's manager because his kind of good with money, not because he makes bloggers happy.
Finkelstein also runs M-1 which has organized european events.
They are using their connection to leverage their way into co-promoting shows in the US with Affliction.
Which is basically how it works with movie agents and in the music industry. Heck, that's how it often works in college football when recruiting blue chips prospects..
ufc fan- October 15, 2008 at 3:34 am
my mother was eaten by a racoon named jiblets and i play with mens balls
yeah- October 15, 2008 at 3:24 am
personally, i think a couture-fedor fight would be like a combination of fedor's fight with coleman and tim sylvia.. basically just a barrage of punches with no solution.. and a submission from the top or bottom if the fight isn't over.

i still respect randy.. but i don't think he can beat lesnar. just too old, outmatched in strength and wreslting
Half Amazing- October 15, 2008 at 2:50 am
What's with Fedor and his brother always training in playgrounds?
Not the KGB- October 14, 2008 at 11:32 pm
Those benches make Russia look like the funnest place ever, yes?
Anonymous- October 14, 2008 at 11:29 pm
Fedor isn't ducking Randy... but his management sure seems to be.
Anonymous- October 14, 2008 at 11:24 pm
i personally think that couture is going to lose to brock and the fedor-randy fight will lose all of its appeal and if randy beats brock hes going to need a miracle to even beat nogueira in a 5 rounder .That is if nog beats mir which i could almost guarantee will happen.
Ivan Drago- October 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm
He is not human, he is a piece of iron.
Me- October 14, 2008 at 10:44 pm
I like how even the playground benches are made with boots.
CJ- October 14, 2008 at 10:35 pm
If you really think about it Couture wouldn't stand a chance against Fedor anyway, so it's not really a big deal.
none- October 14, 2008 at 9:59 pm
In soviet russia Adidias have own extra stripe
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