(…and I want Gus Johnson’s make-up artist to get me ready for each show.)
With just one fight remaining on his current Strikeforce contract, Fedor Emelianenko‘s future with the California-based promotion could be decided this week, according to the Russian heavyweight’s manager Vadim Finkelchtein.
In an interview with MMAJunkie, Finkelchtein revealed that they are primarily negotiating with Showtime as they want to include in Fedor’s contract a deal to co-promote Emelianko’s fights with his M-1 Global corporation and Strikeforce’s broadcast partner.
Does this strike anyone else as being a bit odd? Can you see Ed Soares sitting down with Spike TV to iron out the details of an Anderson Silva contract extension?
I’m actually starting to feel bad for Scott Coker. It’s becoming clear that the patients are running the asylum.
Anyway, Finkelchtein is pretty sure that a deal will be struck with
Strikeforce Showtime, but says that even if they don’t he’s pretty sure they’ll be okay as well.
"I’m confident that everything will be OK to the point that Fedor’s satisfied [with negotiations thus far] We’re slowly making progress. We have an agreement in place, and that agreement has one more fight on it. If we have to operate under that agreement; that’s perfectly fine," Finkelchtein sort of explained. "But if we have the opportunity to make the relationship more long term, than certainly we’re open to that as well. So we feel fine about that in terms of Fedor’s career because we know at some point very soon, he’s going to have a fight."
Somewhere Dana White is doing a fist-pump and is laughing to himself.