Fedor’s Manager thinks UFC signing is likely: “If Dana would not only talk, but do some things [and] will make a good offer to Fedor, they have a big chance” On Bellator/WSOF “I don’t think that a co-promotion with Bellator is possible.” “I want to say that M-1 don’t really need any co-promotion.”
Fedor Emelianenko‘s manager Vadim Finkelchtein had an hour long interview with Submission Radio getting down to every detail of a possible return for “The Last Emperor”
When it comes to where Fedor is going Vadim believes UFC has the highest chance as long as Dana White actually provides a substantial offer “If Dana would not only talk, but do some things [and] will make a good offer to Fedor, they have a big chance then.” While many are speculating the Rebook deal may be an issue for Fedor Vadim assured Submission Radio that it’s no problem at all “It’s going to be a big problem because I think Rebook is interested in Fedor as well as the UFC, and I think if they really want this they will find some ways.”
While on the subject of Dana White Vadim assured Submission Radio that the shaky negotions that Emelianenko had on a secret island along with the negative comments in the media won’t hurt a possible deal in the future “Dana talked a lot. [He] talked a lot about Fedor, about Vadim, and he talked bad. But Fedor understands that it all was just PR. He’s not in a bad relations with Dana and he doesn’t feel anything bad about him.” Continue reading Fedor’s Manager thinks UFC signing is likely
Tito Ortiz wants Fedor “I think Fedor is signing with Bellator, and if he can get down to 205 I would love to fight him” Plus on Conor being bigger than Brock “McGregor is a bigger draw in MMA than Brock Lesnar as of now”
Tito Ortiz returned to Submission Radio to discuss his big title fight at Bellator 142.
Before discussing the fight Tito opened up about Fedor and his belief that he’s going to Bellator creating an opportunity for a possible match up“I think Fedor is signing with Bellator, and if he can get down to 205 I would love to fight him. I’ve always fought at 205, I will always fight at 205 because I know I’m in great shape when I fight at 205, but if Bellator could put that together; wow, can you imagine after I beat McGeary, me and Fedor for the light heavyweight title? That’d be amazing.” When asked about why Tito thinks Fedor is going to Bellator especially after claims from his manager that a UFC signing looked likely Tito explained “Well, you know Scott Coker is a straightshooter, and I know he’s an awesome guy, and I know Fedor has had that great time with Bellator at the signings, and I know Scott Coker and Fedor are good friends, his managers are good friends with him. And you know it just seems like when you’re in a good business relationship, things just make sense, and I don’t know. We’ll see. I can’t let the cat out of the bag too soon can I?”Although Fedor vs. Tito would be a great fight the biggest barrier in the way could be Ortiz wanting to do the fight at 205. However when asked if he’d be doing a catch weight fight Tito admitted “Yes I would.”
Tito like many had some opinions on the UFC uniforms, he explained “The uniforms are horrible. Thank god I don’t have to fight for that company. Gosh I feel bad for those guys. Man they look silly, and I’m not a big fan of it.” “It just looks like a conveyer belt of fighters that are going out and are fighting, you know? Thank god for McGregor who talks very well and he’s outspoken and he’s able to find a character and run with it” Continue reading Tito Ortiz wants Fedor
It is now a familiar state of affairs in New York that legislation to legalize professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has failed. The year 2015 is significant in terms of it being the closest the Albany legislature has come to legalizing professional MMA.
Since 2010, the New York State Senate first started approving bills to legalize professional MMA to overturn the 1997 ban. The challenge has been in the other legislative chamber, the New York State Assembly, while it was led by Sheldon Silver, who was the chamber’s top Democrat. Silver, a MMA opponent, was the Assembly’s Speaker for two decades, and from his leadership position, he had kept MMA bills in committee where they must leave to get a full vote in the Assembly for a chance to become law.
In January 2015, Silver was arrested on corruption charges filed by the US Government and later vacated the post of Speaker. Silver’s resignation heightened hopes that a professional MMA bill would be allowed a full vote in the Assembly. It helped that Silver was replaced by Carl Heastie in February; Speaker Heastie had a history of supporting MMA legislation.
The outlook was so high that in April, UFC president Dana White reserved Madison Square Garden for UFC 194 to be held on December 5. Meanwhile, Bellator MMA‘s president Scott Coker let it be known that his promotion would also try to have an event at the Garden if the sport was professionally approved in New York. Continue reading A Familiar State