I wanted to fight Fedor but my management knows the management of Fedor very well. There is too much risk business-wise to make that fight happen for M-1. If they lose they cannot play their co-promotion card anymore and M-1 will be over. Scott (Coker) will terminate all bindings with M-1 and continue with me and Golden Glory as he knows we are reasonable and we have been around for 10+ years. I think he got gray hairs from them already (laughs)…Of course they are ducking me. I am a risk to their whole organization. Vadim is embarrassing all the Russians. First not fighting Couture and now ducking me. At the same time he calls me a steroid bully in the Russian press. My manager will reply to that soon. But he still wants to fight fighters who have been caught three times using steroids! I will even wonder if Fedor is fighting in June. It always is a surprise party dealing with M-1…Fedor, you are a great fighter and like many other great Russian fighters in history you do your talking in a ring or cage. Leave this M-1 circus and start fighting the best. It’s okay to lose sometimes but hiding makes you look like a coward, which Fedor is not, Vadim is!
—Alistair Overeem, in an interview with MMA Mania, claiming M-1 Global won’t let Fedor Emelianenko fight him
Unfortunately this is merely a preview of what’s to come when it’s time for Strikeforce (or FEG) to put Fedor Emelianenko vs. Alistair Overeem (or should I say M-1 vs. Golden Glory) together. The two sides have history, and it’s not particularly good history. I’m not saying the fight won’t ever happen, but from all the offshoot comments both sides have made thus far, it’s clear the process isn’t going to be smooth sailing for anyone, including those of us who are clamoring to see it.
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