Late Friday, M-1 Global released an official statement vowing they were working hard to “ensure Fedor returns to active competition as soon as possible.” Of course, the big question is where.
The man that can answer that question, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, is talking again, but so far no answers, just an assurance that plans have been made to negotiate with “all the major promotions.”
“We are now with Fedor in the U.S. and we hope to make a decision about his next fight within the next few days. There are many business meetings and negotiations planned with all the major promotions. We will explore the possibility of Fedor fighting Barnett and will even look into whether the fight can take place as soon as August (since Barnett has not been suspended).”
Of course, the promotion most fans want to see Fedor for is the UFC. The timing has never been better. What about them? Well, get ready for Vadim to lift you up and bring you back down all in one short breath.
“This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about. Fedor and I are here in the States. If they want to come out and fly here, we are ready to conduct negotiations. Of course it still doesn’t imply we are ready to accept any conditions they’ll throw at us. We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global.”
As we all know, the UFC doesn’t co-promote, so if that condition is as non-negotiable as Vadim implies it is, the chances are looking just as bleak as they ever have.