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M-1 Ready To Pit Fedor Against Lesnar

Brock Lesnar UFC 91 Weigh-InYou just knew it would take half a second for people to start talking about Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar. Wasting little time, M-1 Vice President Jerry Millen has already issued a formal statement, which challenges the UFC yet again to co-promote a meeting between their boy Fedor and the newly crowned UFC heavyweight champion.

“While M-1 and Fedor remain interested in a match against Couture, we would also like to publicly state for the record that we would welcome a superfight between Fedor and Lesnar that would be held as a co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment…

It is the position of M-1 that the UFC has adopted an anti-Fedor policy because multiple attempts to sign him have not been fruitful. For a company that has tried to market itself as the number one promotion in the world, they are unable to accept the fact that the number one fighter in the world does not reside on its roster of contracted fighters…

While Brock Lesnar is an accomplished athlete and a talented fighter, we do not consider him to be the number one heavyweight in the world. Until someone beats him, we strongly believe that Fedor should continue to be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round.”

Gee M-1, thems fightin’ words. Seriously though, Jerry Millen’s statement is a lovely little read and all, but its nothing new if you’ve been following MMA since PRIDE collapsed and left Fedor up to the highest bidder. Of course M-1 would let Fedor fight Lesnar, it’s no big secret that Fedor would probably mop the floor with Lesnar at this stage in the game. Even if that weren’t the case, I can’t believe that other organizations haven’t learned by now that Dana White doesn’t do co-promotions . Ever. Call it pigheaded, call it a lousy business decision, but the man won’t budge. So issue all of the blood boilin’ statements you like M-1, but the only way any UFC fighter will ever fight Fedor is if they leave the UFC, and lord knows that’s not bloody likely to happen to any of the relevant heavyweights under contract.


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