M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, via twitter
"(Recent Bellator talent acquisition Vyacheslav Vasilevsky) has an existing contract with M-1 and is about to get sued."
"We were exceedingly surprised at the announcement," said Kogan in a statement to MMAJunkie. "And disappointed at the lack of background work done by Bellator in this matter."
"We are currently working on resolving the situation with our legal counsel and will make sure that not only will Vyacheslav be appropriately handled but that this situation does not arise again."
Sam Kardan, Vasilevsky's manager:
"When (Vasilevsky and I started working, he specifically indicated – in fact, he has given me in writing – the fact that he has no contractual obligations to M-1 whatsoever. So not only does he not have a contract that's going to expire, he doesn't have any contract."
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney:
"Vasilevsky’s management specifically represented to Bellator that there is currently no enforceable agreement between Vasilevsky and M-1 or any other promotional group. If Bellator is given reliable proof that this representation was somehow false, we will certainly respect any existing and enforceable agreement that M-1 and Vasilevsky may have, just as Bellator expects others to respect the agreements that we have with our fighters."
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