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UFC Offer to Fedor Called “Very Good,” But Co-Promotion Issue Prevents Deal

Fedor EmelianenkoOutside of the announcement that Fedor Emelianenko would headline EA Sport’s upcoming MMA video game, there was little news and few answers at today’s press conference in Anaheim, California featuring the top-ranked heavyweight and M-1 Global officials.

M-1 again denied an LA Times report that a deal to bring Fedor to the UFC was nearly complete, saying that negotiations were ongoing with both the UFC and Strikeforce among others.

An offer received on Tuesday from the UFC was called “very good,” but M-1’s insistence on co-promoting with the UFC remains a roadblock in the apparently stalled negotiations.

It appears at this time that it’s highly unlikely Fedor’s next fight will be inside the UFC Octagon, with his manager and M-1 owner Vadim Finkelchtein saying they could “very soon” announce a deal with another promotion.

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