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Sorting out Fedor’s contract situation

More reactions from the people affected most by the Strikeforce sale are rolling in, and of course everyone wants to know what Fedor thinks about suddenly being a Zuffa fighter. Too bad he rarely expresses anything without at least a few layers of M-1 lackeys between him and a reporter, but for what it’s worth here’s one of those lackeys with their take on the situation:

M-1 Global’s Evgeni Kogan told MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that Fedor is under contract with Showtime, and they look forward to fulfilling that deal.

“Fedor’s contract is with Showtime Networks Inc. and we’re excited to be working with such a premium North American outlet,” Kogan said.

Fedor having a contract with Showtime only with nothing tying him through to Zuffa via Strikeforce paperwork contradicts a quote from Dana White implying differently:

There is a certain irony in the fact that now that White finally has Emelianenko under contract, the Russian is coming off back-to-back losses and has talked of retirement.

“I don’t see any irony in that,” White said, chuckling. “Even though Fedor is now under contract with Zuffa, I still have a hard time imagining he’ll ever fight in the UFC. We’ll see, but that’s my bet right now.”

So yes. Dana says he’s got Fedor. Kogan says their deal is with Showtime. Meanwhile, during today’s sale press conference Scott Coker said “Fedor fights for Strikeforce. Fedor fights on Showtime. I can’t get into the specifics.” If that’s how it plays out, those are enough specifics as far as I’m concerned. Now we just have to wait and see if M-1 decides they’re going to be difficult. Hey, at least any shenanigans won’t affect the Heavyweight Grand Prix…

17 COMMENTS
  • agentsmith says:

    Interesting tidbit:  Strikeforce will now adopt the full Unified Rules and drop their faggy modified ruleset that forbids elbows on the ground.  Apparently the Zuffa folks thought that was so gay that it needed to be changed RIGHT NOW.

  • CAP says:

    Now dem rules are unified!

  • Reverend Clint says:

    yay no more stupid rules… elbows on the ground bitches

  • frickshun says:

    Totally unrelated…..I was in the gym yesterday (do you guys know what that is?) & a very cute chick was working out wearing an…….M-1 GLOBAL shirt!! How fucking random is that?! I’m pretty sure she trains w/the low-level MMA gym located in the basement of the place.

    I’ll let you guys get back to this non-story now.

  • bosswell says:

    AgentSmith, was that from the press conference?

  • shawn says:

    These statements aren’t exactly inconsistent with one another.

    From what I understand, Fedor’s contract is with Showtime to fight on Strikeforce events, or with Strikeforce to fight on Showtime. Now matter how you slice it, he has a deal with Strikeforce and Showtime and not with the UFC, regardless of the fact that the UFC (or Zuffa) now owns Strikeforce.

    So while Kogan is correct that Fedor has a contract with Showtime (and with Strikeforce), Dana now owns the fight company Fedor is contracted to. While Dana “owns” it, that doesn’t mean he can go around changing material terms in the contract, like say forcing Fedor into the UFC cage, as the contract stipulates that he fights for Strikeforce.

  • fightlinker says:

    Yeah, but what does it imply when Fedor’s people greet Zuffa’s purchase with a straight “We’re with Showtime” answer?

  • 7th Offensive says:

    If he has a contract with strikeforce – he has a contract with zuffa.

    They own them all now.

  • Zurich says:

    I think a better way of saying it is that Zuffa owns the venue that Fedor is contractually obligated to Showtime to fight in.  Zuffa will now own the cage that Fedor must step in to, but strictly speaking, Fedor’s obligations flow to Showtime, not Strikeforce.  It’s unlikely that Zuffa will have any say in the administration/performance of Fedor’s contract.  Generally speaking, the common law sees contracts as two-party affairs (though there are exceptions, e.g. insurance contracts).  So Kogan, I think, is right.  Makes you want to put on a tinfoil hat and wonder if the ‘crazy Russians’ not only saw this coming…. BUT PLANNED IT THEMSELVES~~!211

  • Oontyex says:

    will strikeforce now use an octogon?

  • Reverend Clint says:

    nope  hexagon

  • agentsmith says:

    Actually they’re gonna split the difference and use a septagon.

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Geometry humor!!

  • iamphoenix says:

    i have a question…is it true that if you don’t use it, you lose it?

  • frickshun says:

    ^^Is that a serious question?

  • Predator8u says:

    The only way I’d care about Fedor fighting in the UFC would be at 205 or againist Carwin so some reason.

  • DJ ThunderElbows says:

    Interesting tidbit:  Strikeforce will now adopt the full Unified Rules and drop their faggy modified ruleset that forbids elbows on the ground.  Apparently the Zuffa folks thought that was so gay that it needed to be changed RIGHT NOW.

    This + Ubereem = THUNDERELBOWS

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