Both the UFC and Strikeforce have apparently made formal offers to top heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, who was left without an upcoming fight or a promotion to call home following last weeks cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy and subsequent collapse of Affliction’s MMA promotion.
Though the UFC’s offer was called “very good” by Fedor’s M-1 Global management on Wednesday, the UFC’s reluctance to co-promote events with M-1 to bring Fedor has caused talks to stall.
Strikeforce’s reported offer, though less lucrative than the UFC’s, is still very good and allows M-1 to co-promote Fedor’s events.
First, the reported UFC offer from the Carmichael Dave Show (via Bloody Elbow):
- The UFC offered Fedor a 6 fight, 30 million dollar contract. That’s 5 mil a fight
- The UFC offered Fedor an immediate title shot
- Lesnar/Fedor would be the biggest PPV in MMA history (we assume), and the UFC offered M-1 Global a cut of the PPV on top of Fedor’s purse.
- Fedor was free to wear as many M-1 logoed items as he wished.
- The UFC also relented on allowing Fedor to compete in combat sambo.
Apparently, for good or bad, M-1 refuses to sign a deal unless the UFC agrees to co-promote.
Next, some updates from Ring Psychology‘s Jonathan Snowden on the contract details reported above:
“The actual guarantee offered Fedor was less than $2 million. The other money would only come into play if the PPV’s did extremely well,” Snowden said. “Fedor was not offered a $5 million guarantee.”
- Offer was only for three fights, not six as originally reported.
- The guarantee per fight was *less* than Fedor’s contract with Affliction.
Finally, details on Strikeforce’s offer from Chad Dukes today on the Lavar Arrington Show in Washington (also via Bloody Elbow):
Strikeforce has offered Fedor Emelianenko and M-1 would be for $1 million per fight: $500k from Strikeforce and $500k from CBS for 6 fights (not sure about what happens when he doesn’t fight on CBS or perhaps these are all CBS fights?). Any fight would be co-promoted with M-1 and the contract would be non-exclusive.
At this point it appears Fedor has not yet reached a deal with any promotion, including the UFC and Strikeforce. Though monetarily the UFC’s deal appears significantly better, co-promotion issues remain, while Strikeforce is willing to work with M-1 Global in order to sign Fedor.
MMAFrenzy.com will keep you posted as more information becomes available.