The news surrounding one Fedor Emelianenko seems to never end. Earlier today Nokaut.com reported that Emelianenko was offered a four fight, 18 month contract from EliteXC. MMA Junkie has since learned further details of the proposed deal with the Russian free agent:
â€œThe contract calls for Emelianenko’s first two fights in the promotion to broadcast on American television network CBS as a part of the recently inked deal between ProElite and the TV giant. The final two fights would air on pay-per-view and share proceeds with Emelianenkoâ€¦
According to a source close to the negotiations, the deal would call for a base pay somewhere between $300,000 and $500,000 per fight. Additionally, after the two fights (which would air on CBS or Showtime), Emelianenko’s next two fights would air on pay-per-view. As part of the deal, he would receive a portion of the PPV revenue, and the “per-buy bonus” would scale as the total number of buys increases.
EliteXC officials would also have to introduce the fighter as “M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko.” Sherdog.com recently reported that Emelianenko never actually signed with the recently restructured M-1 Global organization and that the return of a $1.5 million signing bonus would essentially make him a free agent. M-1 Global executives deny the report.
â€¦The EliteXC offer would call for Fedor’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko, to compete on the same fight cards if terms for a fight contract can be reached. Other Russian Red Devil Fight Team members could also earn consideration for future events.â€
The question is, has Emelianenko shown any interest in accepting this, or any of the other million dollar offers thrown his way? The answer, as usual, is no – at least not yet.Â As far as we know, Fedor has not done anything but receive offers and let news revolve around him. Though I imagine right now, Fedor is simply looking for the offer which provides the most dollars while catering to his previously detailed requests.Â At this point, I would just like to see Fedor make a decision regardless of who specifically he ends up signing with, so we can at least report something tangible in the ongoing midst of rumors and contract myths.