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M-1 wants ‘strict drug testing’ for Strikeforce GP

M-1 held a press conference in Russia yesterday to push their next M-1 Challenge show and  Fedor’s participation in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. I’ve always said there’s no better way to promote an event than to raise the specter of steroids, so here’s M-1 head honcho Vadim Finklestein doing just that:

“Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. We want fair competition for everyone, so that’s why I will ask the commission to perform a strict drug testing. Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance, and will be ready for any kind of testing. So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.”

“Our organization paid a heavy price after the cancellation of the fight between Josh Barnett and Fedor. We did a lot of promotion for this fight, which in the end did not take place. That’s why as a promoter and manager, I don’t want this to happen ever again.”

Note: Vadim Finkelstein was asked about Olympic Drug Testing, but never used the term in his answer. In an interview to, Finkelstein says the main goal is to ensure a fair competition for Fedor, and not to push for some sort of specific testing.

The end part is reassuring – I want to put a gun in my mouth and blow the brains out the back of my skull every time someone in MMA demands ‘Olympic Drug Testing.’

There’s still a bit of a problem, though: there’s not really any ‘strict’ drug testing – there’s the crappy piss test the commissions do, and you take it or leave it. I suppose Nevada and California are capable of random testing (not like they use it much). But ironically, the participation of MMA’s most steroidy man (Monsieur Josh Barnett) means you won’t be seeing events in these regions.

So basically we have to hope that this talk was just Vadim not so subtly firing cheating accusations at other GP participants. If it’s any more than that, it’ll be really fun when it’s time for Fedor to face Josh Barnett or Alistair ‘Steroid Bully’ Overeem.

(pic via M-1)

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    Penix, can you do us all a favor and have a couple of your soldier boys go to Russia and assassinate Fink for us? Pretty please.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Butters, Fedor would just hire another guy to represent his desires – which is what he says Fink’s done. Which he’s continued to pay Fink to do.

  • FiveBoltMain says:

    Well, then we’re going to have to send Fedor to Shutter Island have them “fix” him.

  • fightfan says:

    I can only imagine the first meeting Dana(UFC) had with Fedro’s people post Pride. No wonder he said they are some “crazy Russians”. They make ridiculsi demands. They sign contracts adn agree to terms…then maek ridiculis new demands as soon as possible.

    I cant wait till fedor loses again, so we dont have to hear ridiculis demands and contract negotitions after EVERY damn fight.

    That is why M-1 likes Strikeforce. M-1 is the pimp and Showtime/Strikeforce is their bitches. They know UFC would neverr put up with shit like this…amnd is why Fedor will never fight for UFC. Simply because Dana will not take any of their shit

  • pewnt says:

    Hey Fightlinker,

    What do you think of the “Fedor has an exit clause in his contract if he gets into a losing streak” comment ??

  • iamphoenix says:


  • frickshun says:

    Fiteffan id drunx!!

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i kinda want them to bust josho again

  • Jim says:

    Wouldn’t it make more sense for Strikeforce to have an exit cause? Why would Fedor want to get dropped on a losing streak? Thats the worse thing that could happen.

  • Blackula Jonez says:

    crazy russians being crazy.

    Kinda glad I got into this sport after pride was dead, it would suck to actually remember when this man was the shit.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    ^ ha yeah i got into MMA when pride was slowly dying of japanese AIDS. its was all sickly and senile

  • cochra27 says:

    Fuck off M1, stop trying to ruin everything.

  • frickshun says:

    Cochra with the stealth attack!!

  • Predator8u says:

    does it even matter about the testing. You have 2 Fighters in the Tourney who have been busted already. ONE who has probably abused in the past (overeem). These people have already knowingly took these substance’s before when it was wrong what stoping them from doing it again, Really?

    “and not to push for some sort of specific testing.” <- They already know thatWhat’s stoping them from Cycling off again for these fights. These fights could be the biggest, most important non-UFC MMA Events of their life(ranking wise).I’m Sure Barnett is pumping his ass full if shit right now. Getting ready for his fight againist Rogers