M-1 Global’s Kogan Pressuring UFC’s White for Fedor vs. Velasquez
By FCF Staff
Now that Fedor Emelianenko has ended his three fight losing skid, by dominating Jeff Monson for a unanimous decision win in Moscow this past weekend, the fighter’s management and M-1 Global is once again knocking on the UFC’s door.
Recently the promotion’s Director of Operations, Evgeni Kogan, sent UFC President Dana White a ‘tweet’’, indicating M-1 Global’s wish to see Fedor battle former champion Cain Velasquez.
@danawhite Fedor vs Velasquez in 2012, lets make this happen. Fedor is back, and a fight w/ Cain will prove it.
Although, seeing a M-1 Global representative call for a match-up between the former Pride champ and one of the UFC’s top fighters isn’t anything new, one of Kogan’s follow up ‘tweets’ did include a new twist.
When contract negotiations between the UFC and M-1 Global regarding Fedor broke down in 2009, one of the reported reasons, was due to the latter’s insistence that any fight with the Russian heavyweight would be co-promoted. It would appear that M-1 Global has now dropped that request, as Kogan’s aforementioned ‘tweet’ stated:
@danawhite Not necessarily co-promotion. We just want to see this fight happen, that’s all. No craziness, no weird terms.
Of course, as a result of Emelianenko’s recent losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and most recently Dan Henderson, M-1 Global’s bargaining power has been diminished from what it was two years ago. When asked by a fan if there was any truth to rumors that the UFC and M-1 Global are once again in talks over Fedor, White responded via his Twitter account by saying “hell no.”
With Emelianenko’s recent win over Monson, the 35 year-old legend improved his overall record to 32-4.
There have been reports that M-1 Global is currently in negotiations with the Japanese promotion DREAM, regarding a possible New Year’s Eve bout featuring Fedor Emelianenko and Judo star Satoshi Ishii, however, nothing has been confirmed.
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