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(“We just think this is a smarter fight for Fedor right now.”)

In a comment released through his website, Fedor Emelianenko‘s manager Vadim Finkelchtein dumped a bucket of cold water directly onto the balls of everyone who started breathing heavy at yesterday’s report of an imminent Fedor/Maine-iac match:

“At the moment we can’t certainly say the bout will take place come July because the contract is not signed. However, the both parties are involved in the negotiation process and we are about to break the finishing tape although we haven’t come to an agreement concerning every detail as of yet”

Vadim, I swear to God, if you fuck this up. Of course, the details they’re still hashing out likely have to do with money and the ring-vs.-cage thing. But the thought of Vadim playing hardball in negotiations when Fedor finally has the chance to face a top-ten heavyweight outside of the UFC is completely infuriating. For all of Finkelchtein/Echteld’s efforts to protect Emelianenko’s value (i.e., ensure he doesn’t take fights he can lose), they don’t seem to realize that Fedor’s value drops further each month that he doesn’t face credible opponents. You gotta give a little, guys! For the record, MMAPayout is reporting that Emelianenko has already been offered over $2 million per fight from Affliction.

But Finkelchtein’s statement wasn’t the only interesting bit posted on M1MixFight this week…

— There’s this fantastic interview with Aleksander Emelianenko, conducted after Aleks squashed a near-amateur at an M-1 Challenge event in St. Petersburg last week. Some highlights:

Your opponent was lower in class, it was noticeable. When will we be able to see you in a fight with someone who’s considered to be one of the best in the world?
I only found out who will be my opponent a week prior to the fight. Everyone refused to fight with me, he was the one who’d agreed. He is not weak, he’s a good fighter, he had a lot of fights. It’s just that I’m strong and train a lot. Today I am ready to fight with any top fighter, to prove that I’m the best!

What are you[r] upcoming plans?
Today I will talk with a promoter, to try to negotiate a fight in Canada on May 10. I don’t know an opponent yet. To win and to become the best in the world – those are my upcoming plans.

[On Sambo:]
Sometimes I come to world championships to fight and my opponents quit. One of the championships I won without ever fighting. Didn’t come out on the mat even once.

Klitchko brothers will never come out to the ring against each other, because their mother won’t be able to handle this fight. What about you?
Me and my brother will never fight each other – that’s just not right. There is plenty of good fighters in the world, with whom we have not fought yet.

But can you imagine what ratings such a fight can bring?
So what?! For money? Two brothers will beat each other senseless? [Ed. note: LOL @ Frank + Ken!] It will never happen. Nobody even pitches this fight to us. They know that we will not even consider it.

It’s been a while since strongest fighters faced each other. Maybe, it’s time to organize some unified tournament, where all the fighters in the world would compete, no matter which organization they’re from?
I would gladly participate in such a tournament. UFC (american mixed martial arts), for example, won’t take me, because if they let me in there, I would beat everybody and take the belt to Russia. They don’t want that. They want their own American champions.

— Also, Stephen Quadros’s band MLC will be playing at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood on Saturday night. “The Fight Professor” plays drums for the rock quartet, which also includes hip-hop documentarian Peter Spirer (guitar), songwriter Tony Cavazo (bass), and music/film exec Barry Gordon (lead vocals). Please, no bottle-throwing!

(Props: FiveOuncesofPain, MMAMania)

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loose shots- April 8, 2008 at 9:47 pm
UFC has a South American champ maybe thats what he was speaking about. The translation of that interview seems a bit rough.

Tailor made fights? That guy has fought everything under the sun. Fedor is going to be getting down with a top UFC HW very soon.

Few people are giving props to Fedor for standing his ground and changing the whole structure of MMA fight making. He is the reason Randy left and now other fighters see's there is more to MMA than UFC. Getting rid of the exclusive contracts holding fighters to one orginization is the best for fight fans and fighters. The only people who loose are the promoters. I cry no tears for Don King or Dana.
Insano- April 8, 2008 at 8:52 pm
Someone needs to tell Aleks the UFC doesn't have an American HW champ!
Yeah...- April 8, 2008 at 8:05 pm
Fedor dodging every fight that isn't tailor made for his fighting style...

What fight would that be? He has been in there with wrestlers, and Couture was offered 3 million to fight him, so he's obviously not dodging wrestlers. He has fought K1 strikers, including Semmy who's taller than Tim, and Crocop who he fought with his hands broken, so he's obviously not dodging strikers. He dominated BJJ fighter Nog, who's now the current UFC champ, twice, so he's obviously not dodging BJJ fighters.

So who exaclty is Fedor dodging that isn't tailor made for his style?
BIG CHRIS- April 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm
Fedor is going to dodge every fight that isn't tailor made for his fighting style, I know for a fact this is the reason he didn't go into the UFC, cause they would have put challenge after challenge in front of him....once Couture is able to fight him he will find a way to dodge that fight too....Fedor to me shouldn't even be in the rankings until he fights a legitimate contender, I give props to Cro Cop for at least trying to get in there with the top fighters...Fedor went running scared!
Boner- April 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm
Nothing like a cowboy in tighty-whities to start off the afternoon!
Bundy- April 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm
I am a big Fedor fan, but I am sick of this shit! It's about goddam time he started fighting talented fighters. I don't think he deserves the number 1 ranking anymore. His last tough opponent was cro cop, and if my memory serves me correct that fight went to a decision. Well we all know what happened to mirko in the ufc so I think fedor needs to step up and prove how good of a fighter he is.
Blackleg- April 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm
That's the idiot 'Singing Cowboy' that stands in a median in Times Square in his underwear and plays his rickety-ass acoustic. The jackass is a tourist attraction here. Until the first punch is thrown I'd say that douche has a better shot at fighting Emelianenko.
Adam- April 8, 2008 at 3:15 pm
Wait, the UFC won't take Aleks because he would take the belt to Russia? I thought it had a little something to do with his being unable to fight in the US because of his criminal record...
Rank_CamelToe- April 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Love the panties, sir! Not as good as my toe!
Kimbo's Lice- April 8, 2008 at 1:32 pm
From the Aleks interview:

"What am I going to prove to anybody, by drinking more vodka?"

I need that quote printed on a shot glass.
MMA-hole- April 8, 2008 at 1:30 pm
Oh shit, it's Honkey Tonk Man's gay nephew!