M-1 Global released a press release today stating that Fedor Emelianenko will be holding a press conference tomorrow to address his future in mixed martial arts.
On Wednesday at 1 p.m. PT inside the DoubleTree Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., Emelianenko will address the media for the first time since last week’s sudden cancellation. During the press conference, Emelianenko will discuss the ramifications of the cancellation, comment on his future in the fight game, and respond to questions from members of the media.
“Since the cancellation, there has been a great deal of speculation regarding Fedor and M-1,” said Vadim Finkelchtein, whose M-1 Global fight company not only produces international MMA events but also manages Fedor. “On Wednesday, the media and fans will be able to hear what’s going on with Fedor from the man himself.”
To be honest, I’ll be surprised if we hear anything tomorrow we haven’t heard before, but I’ll let you know either way.
In other Affliction fallout news, after Yahoo! Sports’ Kevin Iole was done calling loyal Fedor fans “little more than a group of clapping seals who blindly approve of his every move” in his latest mailbag, he mentioned that he’s hearing roughly 20 of Affliction’s contracted fighters will end up in the UFC.
Nobody has said what will happen with the Affliction fighter contracts, though sources have indicated to me that the UFC will absorb the contracts of approximately 20 fighters. Significantly, though, Emelianenko’s is not one of them. That bit is confirmed. The UFC still needs to negotiate a deal with him. As I said, no one in a position to know will comment about the other fighters’ contracts, but it appears from what multiple sources are saying that they’ll land in the UFC.
Meanwhile, Josh Gross says the only fighter he’s found who’s contract is fully transferable is Vitor Belfort’s. Basically, even several days later, no one really knows exactly what the Affliction-UFC deal means for the fighters. So far, Gegard Mousasi and Renato “Babalu” Sobral are the only fighters who have found a home, and Jay Hieron will likely follow them to Strikeforce. I couldn’t come to close to naming 19 other Affliction fighters outside of Vitor Belfort and Fedor Emelianenko that the UFC would even want, so I’m not sure I’m buying that one just yet. We’ll see.