Vadim Finkelchtein, longtime manager of Fedor Emelianenko, recently spoke with Submission Radio about Fedor’s upcoming MMA fighting return.
“Dana talked a lot. [He] talked a lot about Fedor, about Vadim, and he talked bad. But Fedor understands that it all was just PR. He’s not in a bad relations with Dana and he doesn’t feel anything bad about him.”
Another big hangup between the UFC and Fedor during previous negotiations was Fedor’s promotional contract with M-1 Global, and the fact that M-1 mandated that any shows Fedor fought on would have to be co-promoted, something that is no longer a factor.
“Well, when it comes to M-1 we are not really interested in any kind of co-promotion. M-1 is a self-contained, European promotion which has no less than 12 shows a year, and this number is about to grow every year. I don’t think that a co-promotion with Bellator is possible. The other time when we co-promoted with Strikeforce [it was] because Fedor had a contract with M-1. Now it’s a different story. And, well to repeat what I said before, I want to say that M-1 don’t really need any co-promotion.”