M-1 Official: UFC Is WWE of MMA
M-1 USA Vice President Jerry Millen says M-1 is only asking for what is best for the sport.
"The closest thing to it, you've got a basketball and you're at a basketball court -- and I know this sounds silly, but you go to the basketball court with your basketball," Millen tells FanHouse. "And there's a guy there with a pocketful of money and goes 'Hey man, I'm going to buy your ball and you're going to sit in the bench and watch me play ball with your ball.' To me that's a sell-out."
It's not about the money, Millen says, it's about the growth of the sport.
M-1: Fedor Not Offered $30 Million
M-1 Global is denying a report that Fedor Emelianenko turned down a six-fight $30-million deal this week to join the UFC’s heavyweight ranks.
CBS Radio host Carmichael Dave reported Wednesday that Emelianenko had turned down an agreement that would have paid him $5 million per fight. However, Joost Raimond, CEO for M-1 Global, called the report “completely ludicrous” and said negotiations never even reached the point where the number of fights contracted for Emelianenko was decided.
“I can say that the guaranteed -- and the word ‘guaranteed’ is of great importance here -- the guaranteed offer made by the UFC is less than what Fedor made before,” Raimond said. “The five-million (per fight) is way, way, way out of range. Half of that is even way out of range of what they offered.”
Raimond was not present at the meeting that took place between UFC and M-1 management in Los Angeles earlier this week, but he said he was debriefed shortly afterward. M-1 and UFC officials, including president Dana White, reconvened the next day via teleconference call, where M-1 presented a counteroffer that included co-promotion. No written contact was ever presented.
M-1 President Vadim Finkelstein and Emelianenko were en route to Russia Thursday and could not be reached for comment. UFC officials told Sherdog.com that White is also traveling and their earliest comment would come Friday during a media conference call.
Raimond confirmed that M-1 Global had been presented with the possibility to receive a cut of pay-per-view profits in addition to Emelianenko’s guaranteed pay, but he said no other profit-sharing incentives were presented.
“And there were a number of provisions attached to that offer that made it very much less interesting,” Raimond said.
Many of those provisions involved the branding of M-1 within the UFC organization, according to Raimond.
“We made it clear that Fedor, now and forever is part, even part owner, of M-1 and those two cannot be separated,” Raimond said. “If the rest of M-1 is excluded from any kind of deal, it makes the deal difficult.”
This is from Loretta Hunt... so you take it however you want to.
Finkelstein on UFC Talks, Fedor’s Future
Vadim Finkelstein discusses negotiations with the UFC and the terms it will take to lock up Fedor Emelianenko in this exclusive video interview conducted after Wednesday's M-1 Global press conference.
Finkelstein also talks about future options for the world’s top heavyweight mixed martial artist.
Doesn't sound good... and what is with not letting Fedor have the contract with Affliction, but have M-1 have the contract with Affliction?
Fedor Emelianenko, UFC finalizing deal
A long-awaited agreement between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the man considered the world's best mixed martial arts fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Friday, a source with information about the negotiations told The Times today.
The source, who asked not to be identified because he's not authorized to speak publicly about the dealings, called negotiations between the UFC and Fedor "very civil" just days after Fedor's scheduled Affliction Trilogy fight Saturday against Josh Barnett was canceled.
Fedor to address media @ wed night presser
Following the cancellation of "Affliction: Trilogy" and the collapse of the entire Affliction promotion, the man widely considered to be the world's top-heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, is currently without an upcoming fight.
And as the world waits to see where the fighters from the now-defunct Affliction promotion end up, speculation continues to mount regarding where Emelianenko will fight next.
M-1 Global maintains stance on UFC co-promotion
Fedor Emelianenko will be available to fight for the UFC – but only through a co-promotion, M-1 Global maintains.
Following the collapse of Affliction on Friday and as the result, the cancellation of Fedor’s next fight, M-1 Global on its website Sunday singled out the UFC to potentially foster a renewal of negotiations.
Nick Thompson vs. Karl Amoussou Booked for M-1 Global's August Event
Nick Thompson (38-11-1) will face Karl Amoussou (10-3-1) in a middleweight bout at "M-1 Global presents Breakthrough" on August 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. Thompson confirmed the news with FanHouse on Tuesday.
"The Goat" expressed some frustration over the fact that he will have to fight at 185 pounds instead of his natural fighting weight of 170 pounds.
Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal vs. Don Frye signed for M-1 Global's first "major show" on Aug. 28
Ready to host its own major shows (rather than co-promoting with other organizations), M-1 Global will kick off a new era of fight promotion on Aug. 28 with a main event of top prospect Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (4-0) vs. MMA trailblazer and legend Don Frye (20-7-1).
Sources close to the negotiations today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) bout agreements have finally been signed for the previously rumored matchup.
The event, "M-1 Global Presents Breakthrough," takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California.
An HDNet official today told MMAjunkie.com the event airs live on the all-high-definition cable station.
The show, which takes place on the eve of UFC 102 in Portland, Ore., is being held in conjunction with IMMAE, an international MMA expo and trade show.
M-1 Global, a Russian-based organization, is perhaps best known for its "M-1 Challenge" event series, which M-1 officials bill as the "World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts." The series uses a country-vs.-country format for team competitions. However, while popular with many overseas locations, the event series has experienced minimal success in the U.S.
However, event organizers want to penetrate the lucrative U.S. market, and they plan to use a non-team event series (similar to the UFC and Strikeforce) for some future shows. M-1 has traditionally teamed with Affliction Entertainment to co-promote events but will go solo on Aug. 28.
Many major names have fought under the M-1 banner – including heavyweight kingpin Fedor Emelianenko – and could be options for future shows.
The first event, though, will feature two newcomers to M-1
Lawal Eyeing Free Agency, Don Frye Fight
Now a free agent having completed his contract with World Victory Road Sengoku, rising prospect Muhammad Lawal is looking to return to action in August for M-1 against Don Frye, but despite plans to sign a non-exclusive contract with M-1 he's open to fighting anywhere-even UFC-provided the money is right. And yes, anybody includes one Brock Lesnar.
TEAM USA WEST VS RUSSIA IMPERIAL ON 4TH OF JULY
While friends and family will be back at home in the U.S. celebrating the Fourth of July Holiday at BBQs and fireworks displays, Team USA West will find itself amerced in a best-of-five series with Team Russia Imperial in Seoul, South Korea.
And when the 2009 "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction" (www.M-1Global.com) resumes with its "Sixth Edition" inside the Seoul Arena, Group B leading USA West (2-0 in team challenges and 8-2 overall individually) will find itself going head-to-head with an Imperial team that will not feature a single member from its 2008 M-1 Challenge Championship team.
M-1 Challenge invades South Korea on July 4
Amsterdam, Holland: M-1 Global officials officially announced Wednesday that the sixth installment of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” will take place on Saturday, July 4 in Seoul, South Korea.
M-1’s international crew and staff will accompany a troupe of 30 fighters representing six different countries as they prepare to go head-to-head in three separate best-of-five series’.
M-1 Continues UFC Plea For Fedor Fight
After 2 years, the pleas keep being made by M-1 Global. They do remain in contact with UFC about a Fedor Emelianenko fight although no negotiations have taken place. They remain hopeful of something happening though, perhaps buoyed by reports that Mirko Cro Cop has only a one-fight deal with UFC covering UFC 99.
Fedor Emelianenko Submits Shinya Aoki + DEEP/M-1 Challenge Results
Fedor was basically playing with Aoki. He allowed him to get sub attempts like a flying armbar, a leg lock attempt, and even takedowns like the double leg and a nice seoi-nage. Watching it though, you could very much tell that Fedor was allowing Aoki live and catch stuff for the sake of the fans. It didn’t stop him from picking him up and slamming him all around the place though, locking up subs of his own before letting go to stand back up. There was one instance where Fedor pounded the ground with a huge fist, right next to Aoki’s head—kind of a sign that, “hey, I can stop this at any moment, kiddo.” Both were all smiles all the way through the exhibition though, so I imagine they were having lots of fun.
DEEP/M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition
April 29, 2009
Japan 1-4 England
92kg+: Rob Broughton (9-4-1) def. Yusuke Kawaguchi (8-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
92kg: Tom Blackledge (8-6) def. Tatsuya Mizuno (5-5) via Submission (Choke) at 3:22 of Round 1
84kg: Matt Thorpe (11-7) def. Yusuke Masuda (2-6-2) via Submission (Choke) at 1:30 of Round 2
76kg: Simon Phillips (7-2) def. Hidehiko Hasegawa (16-12-5) via KO (Left Hook) at 0:20 of Round 1
70kg: Luiz Andrade (9-6-3) def. Ian "M-16" Butlin (6-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 2:30 of Round 1
Karl "Psycho" Amoussou (10-2-1) def. Kazuhiro Hamanaka (4-6-1) via KO (Flying Knee) at 0:23 of Round 1
USA Team West 4-1 Korea
92kg+: Shane Del Rosario (6-0) def. Lee Sang Soo (11-8) via KO at 2:27 of Round 1
92kg: Raphael Davis (6-1) def. Jae Young Kim (12-7) via TKO at 3:45 of Round 2
84kg: Giva Santana (12-1) def. Min Suk Heo (4-8) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:05 of Round 1
76kg: Fabio "Negao" Nascimento (9-4) def. Myeon Ho Bae (7-4) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
70kg: Nam Yuichul (9-2) def. David Jansen (9-1) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
France 2-3 Spain
92kg+: Rogent Lloret (7-1) def. Soufian Elgarne (5-2) via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:44 of Round 1
92kg: Christian M'Pumbu (12-2-1) def. Enoc Solves (2-1) via Submission (Armbar) at 4:59 of Round 1
84kg: Christophe Daffreville (3-3) def. Rayco Zebenzui Romero Silva (0-1) via Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:48 of Round 1
76kg: Abner Lloveras (6-4-1) def. Gael Grimaud (4-2) via Split Decision (2-1) in Ext. Round
70kg: Jose Luiz Zapater Aguirre (5-4) def. Maktar Gueye (4-4) via DQ (Illegal Soccer Kick) at 1:21 of Ext. Round
Kosuto Umeda (6-7-3) def. Muneyuki Sato (3-3) via Unanimous Decision (3-0) in Round 2
Tomoaki Ueyama (1-3) def. Yu Hosokawa (2-2) via TKO (Strikes) at 2:52 of Round 1
Japan-MMA to Stream DEEP/M-1 Challenge Live From Tokyo
Big news from one of the finest English-language Japanese MMA blogs on the block: Japan-MMA will stream the DEEP/M-1 Challenge 3rd Edition show live from Differ Ariake in Tokyo next Wednesday, April 29th. It's a great card loaded with some very promising young fighters as well as stars like Hidehiko Hasegawa, and one which I did not expect to be able to watch live, so M-1 and Japan-MMA deserve major dap for this.
Team England set to make its M-1 Challenge debut against Team Japan on April 29
England is considered one of the top regions in the world when it comes to the increasing popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts. However, a contingent of British fighters was noticeably absent from last year’s M-1 Challenge (www.M-1Global.com), an team-based International competition featuring 16 teams from all over the globe competing for the right to be world champions.
But on Wednesday, April 29 at Differ Ariake in Tokyo, Japan, Team England will make its much anticipated debut during the 2009 “M-1 Challenge presented by Affliction.”
Adrenaline 3: Sylvia-Mercer Fight To Be In Cage
Just when you thought the latest boxing-MMA crossover couldn't get any stranger, it does. The planned boxing match between boxer Ray Mercer and MMA fighter Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline MMA 3, moved from New Jersey to Alabama over regulatory concerns, will now be held in an MMA cage instead of a boxing ring. Monte Cox, on the change, says it "just makes sense".
M-1 President Responds To Fedor To UFC Rumors
In recent weeks there has been a great deal of speculation regarding Fedor Emelianenko's fighting future. Past interviews have hinted that the WAMMA heavyweight champion could be involved in face-to-face talks with UFC President Dana White as early as June.
The flow of information has created a great deal uncertainty regarding Fedor's status and where fans will be able to see him fight next. M-1Global.com recently was afforded the opportunity to interview M-1 Global Founding President Vadim Finkelchtein in order to get the promotion's official response to the unconfirmed rumors.....
M-1 Global Issues Statement On Sidelnikov Drug Test Failure
According to a statement put out today by M-1 Global regarding Kirill Sidelnikov's failed drug test at Affliction 2, "Kirill indicated that during that time away he began to experience complications from a broken nose that he had recently sustained. Not wanting to miss any training time leading up to “Day of Reckoning,” Kirill followed the advice of a coach not affiliated with M-1 who gave him a nose spray commonly used in Russia to help treat some of his symptoms. It is M-1’s belief that the nose spray is what contained the Stanozol."