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Harrie Nak
09-07-2010, 20:35
M-1 Global boss and Fedor Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelstein, discussed his client's surprising loss to Fabricio Werdum and the future negotiations with Strikeforce. Finkelstein declared that he completely sure Fedor Emelianenko will bounce back from his defeat, stating that Strikeforce should listen to M-1's opinion if they want to extend their contract with "The Last Emperor".

Also, Vadim Finkelstein hit back at Dana White's verbal assault on Fedor Emelianenko. But stated that the agreement between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and M-1 Global is still possible. MMAFighting.com recently reported that M-1 Global closed their HQ in Holland, which was later described by the organization as "restructuring" and only a coincidence after Fedor's loss.

Here is the best bits from Vadim Finkelstein's interview for the Russian magazine PROспорт, translated by yours truly (by the way of sports.ru).

Can you tell if Fedor had any training partners to prepare him to the level of Fabricio Werdumís Jiu-Jitsu?
It doesnít matter. Iíll tell you what: the fact that Fedor got caught means nothing. There were so many people who tried to submit him throughout the years, but he always managed to escape and destroy his opponents.

Strikeforce are talking now about the fight against Alistair Overeem, and then against Fabricio Werdum. Do you think itís because of their intentions to keep Fedor at Strikeforce as long as possible?
We are ready to fight against anyone, but everyone agrees that the most interesting fight right now is the rematch against Fabricio Werdum. We have one fight left on our contract, so if Strikeforce want to extend it Ė they should listen to our opinion. Fedor will fight again sometime between October and November. Iíll repeat that again: the only thing fans want to see is Fedor vs Werdum II. Fabricio himself said that he would like to rematch Fedor in Russia. Itís great, but this fight will not happen in Russia.

How much it would cost to organize an event of that caliber in Russia?
At least 3 million dollars. The TV revenue will be considerably lower, because the Americans would not like to watch the fight at 2pm. The Russian channels would prefer to spend $1 million on another TV Show, and to give us around $200k.

So people in Russia basically donít understand how big Fedor is?
Exactly. Fedor Emelianenko is a huge star around the World, but in Moscow he can easily travel in the subway. A couple of people would recognize him, and thatís it.

Dana White reacted to Fedorís loss with a simple ď:DĒ sign in his Twitter account, and called Strikeforceís agreement with Fedor ďa mistakeĒ. What do you think about that?
I can really feel that the rating makers on the US websites really wanted Fedor Emelianenko to suffer from his first ďrealĒ defeat. They now have Fedor on the Third Place, and the first is Brock Lesnar. Question: Whoís Brock Lesnar? He has only five professional fights, and one defeat. He is a marketable fighter because of his WWE past. They sell-out 60,000 stadiums for that crap, which no one would even consider watching in Russia. Thatís why Brock Lesnar is popular. As for Fedor, he is not a marketable fighter Ė heís just the best. He destroyed everyone during 10 years. He has 31 victories.

Will you ever be able to reach an agreement with the UFC?
I think yes. But not on the same terms they offered us before. We will not let ourselves to get owned. Fedor became so popular not inside the Octagon. So, long story short: 1. We would like to receive guaranteed payments. I know that if we agree for percents, they will cheat us. 2. Maybe not a co-promotion (like we offered before), but at least co-branding. 3. They also will have to permit Fedor participating in Sambo competitions, and during our last negotiations UFC were ready for that term. Now we have a co-promotion with Strikeforce. We go 50-50 with them on our co-promoted events, but thereís still some problematic issues. We want our fighters to fight on these events, but they tell us ďthe crowd wants to see Americans.Ē

I think you understand that everyone needs M-1 because of Fedor Emelianenko?
Of course, I completely understand that if there was no Fedor, Strikeforce would not need us. We just want the world to see our other guys. They could beat a lot of Strikeforce guys.

Vinand
09-07-2010, 20:43
ben het met hem eens over lesnar, dat is de waarheid achter hem,

Ook dit heeft me verrast.
I think you understand that everyone needs M-1 because of Fedor Emelianenko?
Of course, I completely understand that if there was no Fedor, Strikeforce would not need us. We just want the world to see our other guys. They could beat a lot of Strikeforce guys.

Niet verwacht dat ze dat zo zouden zeggen.

blackadder
09-07-2010, 21:40
We want our fighters to fight on these events, but they tell us “the crowd wants to see Americans.
Ook dit geloof ik zonder meer.

Pahlavan
09-07-2010, 21:50
ik had altijd een negatief beeld over vadim maar zijn antwoorden in dit interview zijn wel goed... met name dat stuk over lesnar

XanaduNL
10-07-2010, 02:09
Een hoop wat hij zegt kan ik wel begrijpen.

Maar ik geloof ABSOLUUT niet dat fans liever een rematch hebben, dan tegen Overeem...

wrestler_nl
10-07-2010, 02:48
Een hoop wat hij zegt kan ik wel begrijpen.

Maar ik geloof ABSOLUUT niet dat fans liever een rematch hebben, dan tegen Overeem...

ik zie wel liever een rematch tegen fabricio werdum.

dark
10-07-2010, 13:18
Ik wil alleen de rematch zien als Fedor hem wint haha

Baske
10-07-2010, 20:35
We want our fighters to fight on these events, but they tell us “the crowd wants to see Americans.”
Toch jammer dat het grootste publiek van UFC de zelfingenomen Amerikanen zijn... Kan niet snappen dat ze werkelijk in alles 'het beste willen lijken' en dit doen op deze manier. Kortom talenten van andere landen zo wegdrukken.

Dana heeft heel wat respect van mij verloren met zijn commentaar op Fedor. Hoewel ik misschien wel een punt zie in dat Fedor de laatste tijd misschien een beetje overhyped is (ik vind 'm geweldig, daar ligt 't niet aan) vind ik toch dat een voorzitter van de UFC iedere vechter hoort te respecteren. VOORAL iemand van het kaliber als meneer Emelianenko...