Details emerge from Fedor’s contract with M-1, including UFC clause
A lot of discussion has been made in the media and Underground Forum about the career of legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. The fighter was rumored to have been offered the biggest contract in the history of the UFC by President Dana White, but of course Emelianenko never came to terms. The exact reason as to why Fedor never signed with the UFC will probably never been known, as White and Emelianenko’s management have given conflicting stories.
Regardless, Fedor stayed with M-1, fighting under the Strikeforce banner as well as the M-1 Global banner after Zuffa purchased Strikeforce.
Recently, Underground Forum member ‘ShoeMoney’ revealed that he not only had details, but the complete contract Fedor signed with M-1 Global in 2008. He had obtained a copy of this contract, as he was a potential investor in M-1 Global as it was starting up.
At 45 pages it’s a long read, but of most interest to fans might be that there was a clause that stated should Emelianenko fight the UFC champion, he would be paid $5 million from M-1 Global and another million for winning the bout. It appears this would be in excess of whatever contract was reached between Emelianenko in the UFC.
With Fedor now retired and it being four years later, I’m not sure what value the contract has, but to hardcore fans, it is an interesting piece of history in the storied career of one of the best heavyweights of all-time.