Manager: We want Fedor vs. Cain Velasquez


On Monday a rumor broke out that Fedor Emelianenko might be back in negotiations to come to the UFC:

There has been talk speculating that Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent is going to be Olympian Satoshi Ishii on New Years. However, a source from Emelianenko's camp has informed us that they are negotiating with the UFC once again.

The terms are much different now due to the fact that he lost three in a row and is no longer as valuable as he once was, and Fedor's management knows this. As of right now, nothing has been signed, but negotiations are going smoothly.

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Update: This rumor was later denied by his management to Fighter's Only magazine, but a cryptic tweet from M-1 Director of Global Operations Evgeni Kogan suggest maybe there is something to the story:

Shit's about to get real. As real as it gets.

Nobody can be sure what he is referencing, but the term 'as real as it gets' has been used for years to promote the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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Update 2: Seems now as though perhaps there is some truth to this rumor, as Fedor's manager Vadim Finkelstein has given an interview to a Russian website claiming that they do indeed want a fight with former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez

- M-1 will offer UFC a one-time fight Fedor vs. Cain.

- The fight is to be in Russia.

- Vadim believes that a fight between Fedor vs. Cain would bring in just as much money if not more than any UFC fight. Says the interest in Russia towards MMA and Fedor in particular is huge.

- Says Alexander is still not signed with M-1, but if he signs there may likely be DREAM vs. M-1 fights and Alex will participate.

- For New Year's show, they are trying to have Fedor vs. Ishii, but nothing is signed yet, but M-1 is hoping it will go through. Vadim mentions potential concerns on Ishii's part (I presume Vadim is speculating), where Ishii may be afraid to fight Fedor in Japan and lose in front of his home audience.

- Putin called Monson in the hotel room to see how he was doing after the fight. Monson was touched.

- Fedor went to Monson after the fight in the dressing room, apologized for the damage, and thanked Monson for taking the fight. Monson says Fedor is a great person.

- At the end of the interview, Vadim is asked "I can only imagine how Dana will be surprised for the Fedor vs. Cain fight offer", and Vadim says "Dana will say: again this crazy Russian ! (laughing)".

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translation of key points by forum member judom...



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stonepony site profile image  

11/24/11 1:21 AM by stonepony

He wasn't ranked #2 on any serious lists.

stonepony site profile image  

11/24/11 1:18 AM by stonepony

"We want Fedor vs. Cain Velasquez"And I want a three-way with Scarlett Johanson and Kate Beckinsale. But, reality hurts, it's not going to happen. If it weren't for his bad knees, Kimbo Slice could fight Fedor. Or, maybe Butterbean. And I wouldn't put money on Fedor in either fight.

jaytrainwreck site profile image  

11/23/11 5:24 PM by jaytrainwreck

You've got no chance, That's whatchu got, no chance in hell!!!!'

smoogy site profile image  

11/23/11 4:51 PM by smoogy

The troll rumour from the other day says Fedor is back in talks with UFC to fight Cain, and will drop all co-promotion stipulations and accept a big pay cut. Vadim's comments are that Fedor and Cain should fight in Russia, in a co-promoted show hosted by M-1, and he freely admits they haven't discussed it formally at all. The only similarity in the two reports was the suggestion of a Fedor vs. Cain fight. Vadim's comments certainly don't corroborate the original rumour, if anything he is saying the opposite of what the fake rumour said. 

TimeToCrush site profile image  

11/23/11 3:41 PM by TimeToCrush

"When was the last time feder beat a top 3 HW? Mirko crocop, and that was 7 years ago"Arlovski was ranked #2 when they fought.

AlexanderTheGreatJJ site profile image  

11/23/11 3:24 PM by AlexanderTheGreatJJ

Lol x 10000

crwhitlock site profile image  

11/23/11 3:03 PM by crwhitlock

I'm not sure I understand. M-1 offers UFC one fight in Moscow what exactly does that mean? They are offering Fedor to the UFC on a one fight contract? From the looks of it they want to bring Cain over to M-1 for a fight in Russia which in this day in age isn't even worth talking about anymore. That is never going to happen and even the suggestion of it shows that M-1 has no interest in making a real fight happen they are searching for publicity. My grandmother knows that Cain would never be sent to fight in M-1 in a million years. The only potentially viable way this happens is if the UFC wants to hold an event in Russia and use Fedor in the main event. M-1 would not be promoting the show Zuffa would.

caliphornia site profile image  

11/23/11 2:56 PM by caliphornia

Fedor doesn't even deserve Cain in the first placeWhen was the last time feder beat a top 3 HW? Mirko crocop, and that was 7 years ago

Lux Fixxins site profile image  

11/23/11 2:54 PM by Lux Fixxins

 Didnt Dana WHite already say "Hell No"?

EBM site profile image  

11/23/11 2:54 PM by EBM

I haven't seen this same exact thread 14 times in the last 48 hours.