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M-1 Global Exec Denies His Group is Avoiding an Inevitable Fedor-Overeem Match-Up

(Fedor, didn’t I lay out the black tie for you?)

Ray Hui from MMAFighting spoke with M-1 Global director of operations, Evgeni Kogan and asked him why the heavily anticipated Fedor Emelianenko-Alistair Overeem Strikeforce bout has yet to materialize.

According to Kogan, contrary to popular belief, his company has very little to do with picking opponents for their client and he says that they would take a fight with Overeem if it were offered to them.

"The matchmaking for this is more coming out of Strikeforce than from our side. We are open to fighting basically whoever is put in front of us," Kogan explained. "There has never been a point where [a fight with Overeemt] was offered and turned down. M-1 management is not ducking Overeem, and once again, if that fight is presented to us, then that’s what that fight will be."

Interesting, considering that according to Overeem, Emelianenko’s camp turned down a fight with the Strikeforce heavyweight champ in May as they felt it didn’t give their charge enough time to prepare, yet they jumped at the opportunity to face Fabricio Werdum one month later.

Kogan admitted that the timing made the fight inplausible, but said that since Werdum was mentioned after he defeated Brett Rogers last year, they were focused on facing Fabricio and not Alistair.

"No, because that fight was never mentioned before a few months ago," he said "The next fight that Fedor could have had following the November fight was always going to be the Werdum fight."

Much of the dithering and hold-up in negotiating Fedor’s return to the promotion has been due to broadcast and co-promotion rights according to Strikeforce, but Kogan minimizes the business talks’ role in the equation.

With a new deal between the two parties in place, he says he doesn’t forsee any future issues with booking Fedor for the remainder of his contracted fights, not even the possibility that he could be elected to municipal council in Russia. 

"I think this relationship we have right now between ourselves and Strikeforce and Showtime is a good relationship. I think it’s a blueprint for going forward successfully. So yeah, I’m hoping that path is smooth and clear from this point on."

"I don’t think [a seat on council] would be particularly strenuous. We’re talking about a particular region in Russia that he’s in. We’re not talking about federal politics as far as Russia is concerned … It’s not necessarily a strenuous task for him to deal with that and fight at the same time. All the talk of his potential political career influencing his fighting came from one article on one website, who basically were stirring the pot and put that he was going to announce his retirement shortly after winning the political elections for that region. He was basically, I think, volunteered. His name was put forward. He’s someone who is pretty much a role model in the community in Stary Oskol and it was almost a natural step for someone to put him forward as a candidate for the Belgorod region. I think it was the kind of thing that he wasn’t going to refuse."

Let’s just hope his political commitments don’t take away from his training or desire to compete once or twice per year. If it does, we’ll have to start calling him Fedor "The Eclipse" Emelianenko since it will be such a rare occurrence to see him in the ring or cage.

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noahknows- June 16, 2010 at 6:47 am
Gargoroth- June 16, 2010 at 4:36 am
Who gives a rats ass about that fag Fedor. He is a chicken shit pussy padding his record fighting scrubs. He hasn't beat anybody of significance since the late 90's, he is a fucking joke. Chicken shit bastard don't want to fight the best, Overeem, Lesnar, Carwin, Mir, they are all drooling at the chance to beat Fedor's gay ass. But yet the elusive coward remains hidden behind M-1 Global. What a pathetic looser.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 15, 2010 at 11:23 pm
It sounds like somebody let a fox loose in a hen house up in hyah, boy.
Havokgamer- June 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm
There will be no mockery of the female menstrual cycle.

Ballkick- June 15, 2010 at 9:10 pm
I will take a wager with anyone here that Overeem beats Fedor. I am not a rich man but I will put my money where my mouth is.
Fedor's Management are sleazeballs, you need only look at his paychecks to see where the lions share of his fight payment is going. Why he continues to work with/for these corrupt cocksuckers is beyond me.
Nothing but respect for Fedor,....but his business partners are ruining a good mans reputation.
ccman- June 15, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Dear gracie= anti semite fucktard.

Fuck you. Join 2010 and lose the nazi dipshitness. Leave arkansas sometime and learn russian mob is not jewish. Better yet, stay in your trailor, bang your mother, keep the offspring in the trailor with you.
gracie_nuthugger- June 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Even funnier when you realize that Hui means dick in russian.

Im surprised that Fedor's money loving jews didnt bust a gut during the interview.
ccman- June 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm
K captain obviious on the guard here;
M-1 is russian mob. Period
M-1 has no interest in losing its only bargaining chip so they avoid challenges. Note moussai had to fire them to get Mo cuz he WAS chip #2
Overeem ducked fedor til he cycled his way to huge in non-testing japan
Overeem knows he has. To cycle again soon or start losing gains and\or inflate into a human blob so his test clean window is closing to call out this fight.
In summation. Overeem is juiced.... look at his head, he juiced. Fedor is being protected which prevents him from being a legend later on all in the name of a 5th rate mob cover which will block us from ever knowing how great he could have been...... as he should be primed. And the 2 are playing mayweather level games to save image while taking on all non-threats for your freakshow pleasure.

And strikeforce plays neros fiddle.

Ufc is fausts devil for pointing out what's already there.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- June 15, 2010 at 12:36 pm
where is Capslock hal when you need him?. Some of you bitches need to calm down.
Fedor is great period. These haters from both sides need to chill. Reminds me of the old boxing question. Who would win, Ali or Tyson or whoever and whoever. Fedor probably won't ever fight Lesnar or any ufc HW ever or at least not in his prime so get over it and get back on your moms back hair. It needs you attention more.
agentsmith- June 15, 2010 at 12:34 pm
The fight with Overeem "was never mentioned"? You're right, he's only the current champ, why would anyone expect Fedor to fight him?
El Guapo- June 15, 2010 at 11:52 am
I've forgotten everything I learned from kindergarden through college*. So I highly doubt my intellect is superior to anybody on CP except for maybe redfiretruckfuck and/or Dan Quinn. And I'm not mad at anybody. Just in love with Fedor, is all. He's a sexy bitch, that Fedor..

*I wish I was kidding. On the bright side, I'm sterile.

justscrappin- June 15, 2010 at 11:50 am
C-bus...I understand your frustration that there are actually a few legitimate challengers now for the top 4 HW's in the UFC...and he is fighting the second tier guys in Strikeforce. That doesn't mean he isn't still one of the best pound for pound fighters in the world. Every time I start to think the game has passed him by...he will get in the cage or ring...and have that blank, merciless stare. Then proceed to throw everything and the kitchen sink at his opponent till they wilt or he just one-shots them. Don't forget what this man is capable of...and his amazing work ethic and instincts.
failingev0lution- June 15, 2010 at 11:42 am
Fights twice in 2007, once in 2008, twice in 2009...I see a disparaging pattern here.

Fedor's nemesis is time. He's 34 and his prime is readily slipping away. Please Fedor, if you're going to play kick the cans, at least kick them more than once or twice a year. Some of us still love to see you fight.
Cock_Chestnar- June 15, 2010 at 11:42 am
Ya, if Almost North throws a dog a bone, he does'nt want to know whether it tastes good or not. And if you stop him again whilst he's walking he'll cut your fucking jacobs off.
Almost North- June 15, 2010 at 11:30 am
I wish people would stop fact-checking my joke posts. I mean shit I know it wasn't that funny but I thought it was fairly obvious I was being facetious.

ReX13- June 15, 2010 at 11:30 am
Hurry, someone make an Inigo Montoya account!
El Famous Burrito- June 15, 2010 at 11:27 am
El Guapo Says:
Tue, 06/15/2010 - 14:25
"Do you know what nemesis means?"

Well, Fedor has no nemesis. "Why", you ask? Because he destroys whoever they put in front of him, that's why!!


Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, El Famous Burrito, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?
El Guapo- June 15, 2010 at 11:25 am
"Do you know what nemesis means?"

Well, Fedor has no nemesis. "Why", you ask? Because he destroys whoever they put in front of him, that's why!!
C-Bus Allstar- June 15, 2010 at 11:19 am
Fedor is NOT the greatest fighter of a generation.

He's a fucking side-show at this point.

His credibility is questioned every time he allows his management to speak for him.

Cock_Chestnar- June 15, 2010 at 11:17 am
Boris the Blade? As in Boris the Bullet-Dodger?
Why do they call him the Bullet-Dodger?
'Cause he dodges bullets, Avi.
Kid Clam Curtains- June 15, 2010 at 11:00 am
sneaky fucking cossack sluts
philoebeddoe- June 15, 2010 at 10:59 am
Fedor by armbar
Viva Hate- June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am
Fedor/M-1 pisses me off, they are giving every fan of MMA the ole Ketchup Popsicle, oh I won’t go down this road again today.
El Guapo- June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am
Unless that Russian is Boris the Blade, listen to what Viva Hate says..
Leonard Washington- June 15, 2010 at 10:58 am
I don't get all the hate thrown towards M-1, and I'm willing to argue and possibly call names about it.