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Cox Comes Clean: M-1/Fedor Charade is Over

(“Hey, shit happens, right?”)

Contradicting his earlier claims that M-1 Global’s relationship with Fedor Emelianenko was still A-OK, Monte Cox recently went on Sherdog’s Savage Dog Show to set the record straight: Cox and Sibling Entertainment have parted ways with Emelianenko, and the “M-1″ name is now wholly under control by Emelianenko’s managers. But even though their marquee fighter is gone, the former American faction of M-1 still intends to keep working towards putting on its first MMA show. As Cox told Sherdog:

“The group that formed M-1 Global is still together and we’re going to remain together and put on an MMA event. It won’t be under the name M-1 Global because that is definitely associated with Emelianenko Fedor and the Russians, and we’ve come to an agreement that we’re going to part ways…I am looking at June 14 to do our first show in Chicago…It won’t be the UFC. We don’t have that kind of money to throw away. Now, without Fedor, I expect the show in Chicago to turn a profit.”

Cox also admitted that Emelianenko never signed a contract with M-1 Global; Fedor only signed a letter of intent that prevented him from competing outside of M-1 Global during contract negotiations:

“We spent well into six-figures of attorney fees trying to get the contract written, let alone signed. In the end, we could have went ahead and signed the contract and went off with Fedor, but I don’t think we would have been successful.”

As for the reasons behind the Americans’ split with the Russians?

“We have different philosophies,” Cox said. “It’s just the way that it is. For me, I’m not as concerned about all the glitz and the glamour of the show; I just want to have good fights and I want to make money. That was my goal.”

You hear that? It’s the sound of Dana White’s maniacal laughter. It’ll be interesting to see what Cox/Maxwell are able to accomplish without the Finkelchtein/Echteld albatross hanging around their necks, but if Cox honestly hopes to make a profit on his first MMA show in Chicago, he may still be delusional. Pulling that off would almost certainly require a successful pay-per-view broadcast, and unless he can put together a card full of A-list matchups and promote it brilliantly, the cash-hemorrhaging will continue. Hey, nobody said making a buck off of the blood and sweat of others was supposed to be easy…

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Jonathan- March 26, 2008 at 4:39 am
rampage is an exception.. and he fought with a LOT of other organizations before building up his reputation as a "Pride Fighter".

Aside from rampage and (arguably) Nog, all the other pride fighters have FLOPPED. And NO, anderson silva is NOT a "Pride fighter".

I dont know about you guys but im soooo sick of hearing about the whole Randy VS Fedor thing. If it happens, it happens.. i'll watch it if it ever goes through but honestly, i dont really care anymore.

There are too many OTHER amazing fighters and upcoming match-ups to think about!!!!

the artist formerly known as Toner Breath- March 26, 2008 at 12:43 am
To the guy posing as "Toner Breath"

No I am not asking "why fedor isn't afraid to fight Nog"... What does that even mean?

And don't take everything I say so seriously monkey head. You are using the "identity" of Toner breath which you have "stolen" from me. I didn't think I would have to spell it out for you but whatever (in america we call that a joke).

Fedor was great in Pride, I agree... And I understand he beat Nog, that's not the point.

Simply put, fedor needs to fight quality opponents. His last 5 fights were a complete joke (yes he DID cheat against Lindland). And his fight before that was a decision against an obviously overrated Cro-cop.

As a fighter who is ranked #1 on many rankings, its his responsibility to fight top talent, not oversized Korean Ogres.
I am not a fedor hater, I just think he's pussing out a bit and needs to fight a real opponent to prove he deserves the #1 spot.

Do a fact check dude, check out

Have a good one
Toner Bath- March 25, 2008 at 11:11 pm
Fedor and Randy need to realize that they are hyping a fight NO ONE wants to pay for! Who is going to pay them 2 mil a piece for ONE fight and then dump millions into setting it up, advertising and the rest of it that goes with putting on something huge like that? Dana White has not said anything he hasn't backed up. He wanted to bring us the best match ups and he bought fucking PRIDE. The few that have made it to the octagon have had a CRAP showing and yea, I'll go out on a limb and say that Fedor might be a tiny bit SCARED.

P.S. I know that Rampage made it.... blah blah blah
Toner Breath- March 25, 2008 at 10:41 pm
Are you seriously asking why Fedor isn't afraid of Nog... the guy he dominated twice, and who in his latest fights has looked like shit compared to how he looked in Pride.

Also, you may want to look up the definition of "Identity Theft", because you obviously don't know the meaning of it.
the original Toner Breath- March 25, 2008 at 9:50 pm
some toolbox wrote "Yeah... Fedor is scared to fight UFCs current HW title holder Nog..."

can you prove otherwise? and please don't use my name to write posts.

In America we call that "Identity Theft"

While he can talk a good game by saying he will fight Nog, he is simply not making any real fights happen... and yes the 8 foot giant with 1 fight to his credit is NOT a fight, it's a joke.

Holding the #1 HW ranking carries a responsibility. Fedor is simply not living up to his hype and taking fights that are virtually predetermined.

The Fedor/Couture fight should definitely happen for the sake of the sport, but I think Couture set things back by publicly bitching about his pay and breaking his word (contract).

When (I hope) the fight does happen, Couture will handle him like a little bitch, then plant the American Flag in his ass.
Toner Breath- March 25, 2008 at 7:50 pm
Yeah... Fedor is scared to fight UFCs current HW title holder Nog...
Toner Breath- March 25, 2008 at 5:40 pm
ok now.... I'm not trying to be a Dana White nut-hugger, but he was right from the beginning.

Fedor is scared... there I said it.. he is SCARED to fight any real talent right now and until he shows otherwise I'm standing by that.

Couture is the best, but he fucked up by leaving the UFC. BAD BUSINESS MOVE DUDE... BAD.. YOU ARE A BAD BOY

My suggestion:

Royal Rumble in Russia with Fedor, Couture, Jean Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal with Vince McMahon as referee.

Putin would nut in his pants...