(Ice cream cones for everybody!)
Now that we’ve established that Fedor Emelianenko will probably never fight in the UFC as long as M-1 Global has anything to say about it, we can finally focus on arguing over what the UFC’s revised offer, which he wasn’t going to accept anyway because it didn’t involve co-promoting events with M-1 Global, actually looked like. Thank God, right? Contrary to reports that Fedor was offered $30 million for six fights in the UFC, M-1’s Joost Raimond says it was nowhere near that, telling Sherdog’s Loretta Hunt that “five-million (per fight) is way, way, way out of range. Half of that is even way out of range of what they offered.”
He goes on to insist that they’ve had more lucrative offers from other companies, that there were “a number of provisions” involved with the UFC’s offer to give M-1 a cut of the pay-per-view, that he would have been cleared to do Sambo tournaments, and that M-1 apparently wasn’t won over by the UFC’s concession to allow him to wear all the M-1 themed crap he could fit on to his body.
“That’s like telling someone they’re allowed to eat,” said Raimond. Oh, Joost. Let me tell you a little story about a company named Affliction.
Long story short, we can’t believe what M-1 says any more than we can believe what alleged UFC mouthpieces say, so we’ll probably never know for sure what the UFC’s offer to Fedor was. What we can probably feel pretty sure of was that it involved the word ‘million,’ it made some concessions to M-1 Global, both financial and otherwise, and that they aren’t going for it unless they get to be co-promoters. Forgive us if we still conclude that M-1 Global is the unreasonable party here.
The Russians were supposedly dismayed at the online backlash to yesterday’s news, however, which at least means they’re aware that public opinion is turning against them:
“Sometimes the fans don’t realize that there is a business to run and all these statements, ‘These M-1 idiots, why don’t they just give Fedor to the UFC because they’ve offered him the best money?’ This is a completely unsubstantiated rumor that the UFC has offered the best money for Fedor ever. This is just not the case.”
First of all, the fans are never going to support you for getting in the way of their dream fights, and let’s be real, Fedor vs. Lesnar is the biggest fight out there for him right now. As for the financial issue, if that’s the case why not go ahead and sign with whoever’s offering you the most money and be done with it? At least that would be something we could all understand.