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Report: M-1 Global President Refutes Mob-Tie Claims By Overeem’s Manager

(With a BFF like this, who needs the mob?)

M-1 Global president and Fedor Emelianenko puppet master Vadim Finkelchtein responded today via MMAJunkie, to several claims made in an open letter addressed to him by Alistair Overeem’s manager and trainer Bas Boon, including an assertion the longtime Russian promoter has strong proven ties to the Mafia in his country.

In the letter,  Boon recalled an incident from a few years ago involving Finkelchtein’s right hand man, Apy Echteld, in which the latter allegedly threatened  to use his mob contacts to have a Seattle-based promoter  killed because of a soured business deal. Finkelchstein say that a nearly identical claim was made by Boon in the past, however that time the story involved a Dutch promoter.

According to Finkelchtein, who admitted he was surprised that Boon would release such a letter, responding to each of the ridiculous claims would take more effort than he cares to afford the Dutchman. One Boon insinuation he did speak to was his alleged relationship with the Russian mob.

"I have to address these comments, because accusations this serious cannot go unaddressed, but the less limelight that rubbish like what he just put out gets, the better everything will be. What he’s doing is just a very cynical way to get attention. What most displeases me about the open letter are the comments that accuse me of being a part of the Russian mafia," explained Finkelchtein. Throughout my professional life, I’ve been a business man, and I’ve created from scratch several companies. I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish, and I have a very respected standing not only in Russia, but in other countries, as well. I’ve held several MMA events in Russia, and government ministers come to the events. Olympic champions, members of Moscow’s government, they have all been present at these events. If I had any connections whatsoever to the mafia or any illegal businesses, these people would never, ever turn up to any of my events."
"The fact that these people turn up, it means a lot for M-1 Global, and it means a lot for me to show who I am and what my standing is in the Russian community."

Finkelchtein dismissed what he calls "imaginary stories" as nothing more than an attempt by Overeem’s handler to hype a potential fight between the charges of two sides using the media to add fuel to Boon’s plea for the bout.

"The first time I heard this from Bas was somewhere between five and seven years ago. So this is several years old, and it’s coming out again now. I have no idea what Bas is talking about. To me, it sounds like a children’s story," Finkelchtein said. "It sounds like something that you’d get between kids in a sandpit when there’s an argument, and someone else threatens to bring his big brother and come and beat the other up. This is particularly childish and ridiculous."

"If this was true, why was nothing official done?" Finkelchtein asked. "Why didn’t they go to the police? "

Finkelchtein did offer an apology to the Demolition Man for off-the-cuff remarks he made insinuating that the increasingly-more-muscled fighter is a steroid user.

"I would like to offer my apologies to Alistair. Those comments were made in a private conversation that had nothing to do with journalism and were never meant for public consumption. I would never accuse Alistair of anything or call him any names. I respect him as a fighter and as a person," Finkelchtein admitted. "Alistair has fought on a couple of M-1 events in Russia. I know him personally. We’ve spent time together more than once at dinners and things like that. I would never disrespect him in such a public forum. I would like to express my regret and disappointment that this statement was made public, and I never should have made them."

You would think that if Boon truly believed that the promotion had links to the mob, he would think long and hard about releasing a public declaration outing them. On the bright side, if he ends up with a horse head in his bed, he could always feed it to Alistair.

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robthom- April 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Weeaboo! Weeaboo!
gracie_nuthugger- April 22, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I love how the UFC fanbois get all in lather over M-1 mob connections when the Fertitas are a long time mob family. Not friends of mobsters or mobster wannabees.

There are scores of articles (Google Rich Bergeron) about the Fertitta family in Texas and then later on in Vegas.

So we have: UFC= Italian mafia, M-1= Russian mafia, PRIDE= japanese mafia
Well duh!!
How the hell is this news?
Who do you think runs boxing and MMA?
The nuns? There are lot of nasty people in the fight business, Bas Boon is partners with some too.

Fatboy White is a wannabee but the Fertita family name is synonymous with the mob just like the Gotti and Gambino name is.

And Putin was a KGB guy some dipshits keep mentioning? No shit? What the fuck is this? State the obvious month? We had Bush who was CIA head, then VP for the braindead Regan, prez for a while and then got idiot son (similar mental capacity as Regan) elected twice. So what? Criminals, lawyers, politicians, same thing everywhere.

Besides Finkelchtein and Echteld are jews, not russian. We treat jews as a separate race and go out of the way to mention it at all times in this country as if its badge of honour and every third sentence is jew this, jew that but when their criminals, .. oh noes, its not important.
So its not crazy russians but crazy money loving jews.
If Im Fedor that's EXACTLY who i want taking care of my money. But I get the feeling Fedor doesnt care that much as long as his family is well taken care off.

Go back to Kimbo Slice coverage please.

Havoc- April 22, 2010 at 6:10 am
It's not as if mr. Boon doesn't partner with anyone who's in the pokey for double murder. Finkelstein is probably a crook too, but who cares about all that pot/kettle nonsense anyway...
robthom- April 22, 2010 at 4:31 am
@ FBF,
just a little snack while he stays up late watching Mr.Ed on Nick at Night.

He watches diligently hoping that one day Ed finally knees the shit out of Wilber and makes him live in the barn while Ed gets to live in the house and sleep with Carol.

He thinks Wilbur is amusing enough but Ed's the real talent on that show.

But Clydesdale with a lovely cocktail is still his preferred main course before hitting the hay for the night.
David_Banner- April 22, 2010 at 4:06 am
This is crazy, I have personally seen Vladimir Putin at Fedor/M-1 fights and we all know that Putin is a great guy and wouldnt stand for Mob activities! (The lies about Putin having people killed that opposed his master plans of EU Domination and Sovient resurgence are untrue and a pack of lies, where are the bodies?? No body, no proof!"

Putin, a former KGB strongman and child porn loving molester, is a beacon of goodness and if he's standing next to Vadim Finkelchtein, you know shit is legit.

Mr_Misanthropy- April 22, 2010 at 3:02 am
Fedor hasn't fought yet because Funkelstein's pissed off that his sweaty David Hasselhoff chest hairs didn't get their own thirty second Super Bowl spot on CBS.
rockybalboa25- April 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm
When's the last time that somebody with ties to organized came out and said, "Yeah we're mobbed up"
TheMadness- April 21, 2010 at 10:04 pm
I wish Fedor cared enough to get new management, but he doesn't, so they'll continue making ridiculous demands of the UFC and he'll never get signed.
Titos Head- April 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm
@shitbag your damn right brotha! But i just don't think Fedor gives a fuck about, money, fights and lime light. He's just a dog that the Russian government uses at their disposal.
fatbellyfrank- April 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm
@Robthom, "snack of a different stripe"? does that mean he's been eating Zebra meat to bulk up?
MediumRare- April 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

"If I had any connections whatsoever to the mafia or any illegal businesses, these people would never, ever turn up to any of my events."

Politicians are bigger criminals than the mafia. They would be honored to hang out with the mob.
robthom- April 21, 2010 at 2:26 pm
@ EFB, now thats a late night snack of a different stripe.
justscrappin- April 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Nice Godfather reference...I like what you did there.
robthom- April 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm
"But when I think about it, I have no proof and no one's ever shown me any. "

Dont let that spoil your fun bud.
Let me reach into my fox news toolbox and ask you, has he proven that he's not?

Its more interesting that way. And it isn't hurting anybody because it still doesn't make any fucking difference.

If we're gonna be reading gossip might as well give it some zazz.
El Famous Burrito- April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm
This is all a misunderstanding.

The reason Overeem had a horse head in his bed is because he already ate the rest of it.
fiveforfive- April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm
Anywhere there is russians wearing suits there will be a mob. Big no suprise.
DazedNConfused- April 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm
I love the the idea Fedors management is affiliated with the mob. It makes total sense. Who cares? Anywhere where there is poverty and poor people there will be a mob. Big surprise.
kellyman- April 21, 2010 at 1:51 pm
But when was the first time he heard this from Bas?
Lex Luthor- April 21, 2010 at 1:44 pm
Overeem can go sleep with the fishes too. He is a bigger douche than Fedor's management team IMO.

Overeem hides out in Japan fighting cans while holding on to the Strikeforce heavyweight belt for 2 years? Come on, who does that?

Do you think Brock, Randy, or Frank Mir would do that? I don't think so.

I want to see Fedor vs Overeem so the Big O can get demolished and be done with.
shitbag- April 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm
Man, fuck Fedor, Vadim AND Overeem.

I'll be a Fedor fan for life, but we need to face facts people: Fedor is a country bumkin dipshit. He lets this asshole Vadim, who is involved with corrupt evil bastards also known as Russia's government, run his career into the ground. He'd be making more money and fighting bigger fights if he wasn't with Vadim.

And fuck Overeem steroid using ducking bitch. Strikeforce is fucking stupid for not stripping him, its not legitamite.
Art Gibs- April 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Finkelchtein used the sandbox analogy once, and CG posted the exact same excerpt twice. Why? I don't know.
Art Gibs- April 21, 2010 at 1:40 pm
And regarding the substance of the article, it's funny how quickly I'll believe that Finkelchtein is a mobster. But when I think about it, I have no proof and no one's ever shown me any. It just fits in nicely with our stereotypes of Russian men with money or power. They're all corrupt, I tell you.
Almost North- April 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm
To be fair I wouldn't call being in the mob "mob ties" so I think Finkelchstein is technically correct.
robthom- April 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Hmmm, so what.

fedors managers are slimeball russian criminals.

overeems a commission ducking, scrub fighting steroid abuser.

I think we figured that out a long time ago.
When someone figures out how this relates to the price of coffee in Tobago let us know.
Art Gibs- April 21, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Man, we're giving the new guy a hard time. But CG is right. That sentence is pretty ugly.