(“We just think this is a smarter fight for Fedor right now.”)
In a comment released through his website M1MixFight.com, 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…
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.
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!