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Gegard Mousasi Will No Longer Require the Services of M-1 Global

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According to a report on Sherdog, Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi has ended his professional relationship with M-1 Global, the promotional outfit best known for handling the career of Fedor Emelianenko. As Mousasi wrote in an e-mail:

“After careful consideration, I have decided that it is in my best interest to part ways with M-1 Global. During the time I spent under their wing, M-1 Global, as a promoter and management company, allowed me to achieve many great things. I appreciate all they have done for me…My management is [now] being taken care of by someone close to me."

Mousasi added that he’d like to come back to the U.S. to train with Josh Thomson at American Kickboxing Academy; the two fighters recently became acquainted in Miami during the last Strikeforce show. So what spurred Mousasi’s split with M-1? Apparently, they wouldn’t keep him on the payroll for life. Mousasi’s former manager at M-1, Apy Echteld, told MMA Junkie that the Last Gypsy broke ties when M-1 refused to sign him into a long-term management deal that would give the Dutch-Armenian fighter "lifetime security" — a contract setup reportedly enjoyed by Fedor Emelianenko.

Mousasi is still under contract with Strikeforce for as many as seven fights, and plans to enter DREAM’s light-heavyweight grand prix later this year. His next match is rumored to be against Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal in April.

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ms isaak- February 13, 2010 at 9:46 pm
Ya'll Muthafuckas is unbelievable if it wasn't 4 m1 fedor wouldn't have the money r respect he has now, because of m1 the UFC was willin to pay all that money 4 fedor's services & the longer he wait 2 get in the ufc the bigger the anticapation will be a lot of money big money dana gonna have to copromote 2 much money knowin fedor owns half of m1!! Mousasi probably wanted the same treament as fedor knowing what they did with him, he needs to prove worthy first lol he is still young king is gonna whip his ass though everybody talkin like he is the best thing since slice bread we will see!!!
robthom- February 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm
For the better IMO.

From a fans perspective I'm not impressed with the way that they have pimped fed's services.
FedorsIceCreamDealer- February 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Now that he is free, this is when Mousasi begins to wreck every light heavyweight for the next decade
Left_Boob_Telligman- February 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm
Mousasi was annoyed that M-1 wanted to pay him in enriched uranium
mma samurai- February 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm
There are actually many problems with giving Fedor a UFC deal:

-give him a one fight deal and you know it won't be against Brock Lesnar (love him or hate him he is the *puke* champ

-give him a two fight deal and let him whip someone's ass then get Brock, beat Brock and then leave. Where does that leave the UFC heavyweight title and how would any other heavyweight get to prove themself if he just beats the champ and leaves?

-give him a multiple fight deal and the UFC is gonna probably get raped by M-1 for every penny they can squeeze out of Zuffa

Everyone wants to see these dream figths happen but, I think money and politics will prevent this from ever happening.
bpd- February 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm
Doesn't Gegard Mousasi know who he's messing with? Didn't he ever play Grand Theft Auto 4?
cecils_pupils- February 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm
@ihateemo. You, sir, are correct about Fedor and M-1, etc. And, yes, we know these things. But that does not mean that Dana is above making concessions to get something booked with Fedor - because it what the fans want.

Dana is all about making money and good ratings right? Then he would not be above working with M-1... somehow, to get Fedor's ass in the door and to prove once and for all, to the fans, whether Fedor is the best in the world. And if Fedor just sees it as a job, then if the job pays well he'll fucking do it. Simple as that, in my opinion.
Kim Couture is a cunt- February 12, 2010 at 2:41 pm
@ IHATEEMO................LOL, just proved my point....the typical North American newb like yourself thinks size really fucking matters.....Overeem is no better than he was when he fought Chuck, he's just bigger. Fedor by KO. LOL thanks for proving my point perfectly.
ihateemo- February 12, 2010 at 2:22 pm
"Nobody was interested in the Overeem fight in PRIDe and the only reason there is interest now is because he is fucking huge"

I think that's a pretty legit reason! Nobody wanted to see Fedor kick sand in that skinny wimp Overeem's face because where's the fun in that?

Now Overeem is beefcaked up and ready to kick some sand into that geek Fedor's face!
mthomas- February 12, 2010 at 2:20 pm
Wait, he's been hanging with GSP, right? When he quit, do you think he marched into M-1's office and told 'em, "I'm not eempressed with your performance".?
Kim Couture is a cunt- February 12, 2010 at 2:18 pm
Good. Fuck M-1, fuck Jerry Millen, Vadim and Fedor. He might be the best but he isn't dangling with with the best. Bret Rogers, Werdum and people forget that Overeem got his ass handled to him over and over in lighter fighters??? Nobody was interested in the Overeem fight in PRIDe and the only reason there is interest now is because he is fucking huge and they are hyping him and the new North American newb has no clue who he is. Fuck them all.
Sneaky Pete- February 12, 2010 at 2:17 pm
7 fights? Do they even have 7 contenders? He should work through those shlubs in a year. Then he can come over to the UFC and beat all of their shlubs. though if he really ever wants to know how he stacks up.

He really needs to challenge himself against Machida and Rua.
ScarTissue- February 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm
Doesn't the M in M1 stand for Russian Mob? That shit is fo'life.

Do a google search for Russian Mobster graves. Those guys know how to die in style. Not one icecream colored sweater amongst them. Plenty of poorly tailored suites with shoulder pads though.
ihateemo- February 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm
As far as Mousasi goes, whether he realised this or not, I feel that M-1 would have held him back should he ever negotiate with the UFC. I know he's made noises about wanting to go there in the past and probably will after he's clowned Strikeforce's other three light heavyweights and cleaned out DREAM.
ihateemo- February 12, 2010 at 1:58 pm
You boys are forgetting the facts:

- Fedor is part owner of M-1 - it's not like they're some shadowy, mob-esque organization that somehow hoodwinked him into signing with them. Well, they ARE that, but Fedor is at least complicit in their shadiness.

- Fedor doesn't give a hoot about silly things like "money" or "proving himself". Dude's married, got his own team gym in the Russian hamlet he lives in, is on his second wife, owns his own home and whatnot and seems happy with the way his life is. Fighting is just a job for him at the end of the day. He's made his fortune and whether or not he intended to do so, he already cemented his legacy by smashing everyone he's ever fought.

- Fedor and his goon squad really hate Dana White and will probably never sign based on that fact alone.

- Fedor is fucking weird as hell and is possibly a cyborg.

It would be great to see him come to the UFC and see if the Pride curse holds up against the Vanilla Gorilla, Carwin, Mir or any of the other top heavyweights the UFC has under lock and key, but I for one will be fine never seeing him there.
cecils_pupils- February 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm
Yeah ReX13... I was thinking the same. Dana is gonna have to make some sort of compromise, or consider co-promotion, or something in order to bring him in. Maybe a 2-fight deal or something. I don't know. But the realization that M-1 and Fedor are in some sot of unbreakable deal in quite concerning.
ReX13- February 12, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Wait, Fedor signed a LIFETIME deal with M-1?
Well fuck fuckity fuck fuck. I didn't realize that Fedor in the UFC was an impossibility.
cecils_pupils- February 12, 2010 at 1:37 pm
Nice... one less hurdle to getting Mousasi in the UFC.