Oh boy, here we go again.
Now that Fedor Emelianenko finally has another win under his belt, M-1 Global is once again offering the UFC the opportunity to match Fedor against one of their top heavyweights. But like before, M-1 Global is only offering a co-promotion to the UFC, not the exclusive rights to Fedor.
“We are determined to move forward, and would like to offer the UFC a fight between Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko. M-1 Global would take a full responsibility of organizing the fight sometime during 2012 in Moscow, Russia. I can guarantee Dana White great revenue from this fight, and a record-breaking attendance. M-1 Global is ready for dialogue, and would be happy to consider an option of organizing such tournament with combined efforts. I will make an offer to “my best friend” pretty soon, so we’ll see what he has to say.”
“A lot of fans want to see this fight, but it’s all up to the UFC. Velasquez is coming off a loss, and is no longer the UFC Heavyweight Champion, so instead of climbing the ladder again, he could just fight one of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA. Last Sunday’s event proved how big is the interest for Mixed Martial Arts in Russia. So if we can put this fight together, we’ll need something bigger than Olympic Sports Arena.
As for now, our main goal is to finalize the remaining details of Fedor’s next fight in Japan, but the idea of Fedor vs. Velasquez is still something we’ll be working on simultaneously.”
Well, M-1’s nothing if not persistent.
Sure, Fedor vs. Velasquez would be a pretty cool fight, but there’s a less than zero chance of the UFC agreeing to it under the same terms they’ve rejected over and over the past few years. Heck, I’ll be surprised if they even bother responding at this point.
Image via M-1 Global
Update: Here’s Dana White’s predictable reaction when a fan asked him if there were any truth to rumors that they’re making a deal with M-1 and Fedor.