Who would have imagined that the relationship between a theatre company and the world’s most difficult to deal with Russians would end up falling apart? After all, the foundation was so strong: Theatre guy meets fighter guy on vacation, has never really even heard of MMA before. Decides to sign the fighter and get things going. All in a matter of weeks! What could go wrong?
Well, I guess we’ve seen what can go wrong: everything. It’s been months and months since M-1 global has formed, and basically it’s been a series of events which have resulted in everyone involved who’s not Russian looking foolish. It seems like everything any of the American owners have said, Fedor and his people have gone ahead and done the exact opposite. Just take a look at the following interview Scrappy Caplan did with M1 presidente Monte Cox on February 29th:
CBSSports.com: Can you provide a quick update on the general status of M-1 Global?
Monte Cox: We’ve spent the last five months trying to figure out the best way for us break into the U.S. market and still keep a presence worldwide. And it’s taken a lot of time to work out exactly who is responsible for what and who is in charge of what. The good news is that I think this week we’ve had a breakthrough and it looks like we’re finally all getting on the same page.
And now let’s take a looksy at what Fedor’s people are saying like a week later:
Apy Echteld, one of Emelianenko’s agents, confirmed what a source close to the situation previously told The Magazine: M-1 Global and Emelianenko will part ways some time in the next week, making the Russian a free agent. Divorce negotiations are ongoing right now, with a formal announcement likely for in the next few days. “Officially, yes, Fedor will be a free agent,” Echteld says.
So perhaps by “On the same page”, Cox meant ‘everyone is now equally sick of eachother’? The man that everyone came together to build a promotion around has now wandered off without ever fighting for them, and M1 America is left holding their dicks and I imagine some serious debts. M1 Russia continues to do events under the M1 banner, and we all now know that Russian for ‘sucker’ is Ð¸Ð´Ð¸Ð¾Ñ‚.
Past that, it’s interesting to see all the talk from Dana White that he’s going to do ‘everything possible’ to sign Fedor. To me, that’s like Indiana Jones at the end of Last Crusade taking the same cup as the nazi and saying “Let me try this one again, I’ve got a good feeling.”
Of course, signing Fedor means more than just signing Fedor, it also means possibly winning back Randy Couture and cutting the legs out from under Mark Cuban. That’s a pretty sweet hat trick, so I’m not surprised that Dana is willing to hear out Fedor’s management as they demand furry hats for everyone in Russia as well as co-promoted events in Chechnya.