UFC and M-1 Global announce partnership with UFC Russia

“East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,  We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done. We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.  I’m east bound, just watch ol’ ‘Bandit’ run.” This reminded me of the lyrics to the Smokey and the Bandit theme song, because this … Read more

Manager Vadim Finkelchtein talks Fedor Emelianenko’s return to MMA

M-1 Global President Vadim Finkelchtein rules Russian MMA with an iron fist and he is the manager of one Fedor Emelianenko. He could be a cousin of Vladimir Putin or something for all we know. Everyone that surrounded Fedor was a character. Remember the priest, and the translator lady. I wonder if his whole entourage … Read more

M-1 Global announces M-1 Challenge event to air LIVE on Showtime

NEW YORK (June 14, 2011) – M-1 GLOBAL announced today an upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) event titled M-1 Challenge: Bennett vs. Garner featuring the rematch between the 2010 M-1 Selection Americas Tournament heavyweight finalists Pat Bennett (4-2) and Kenny ‘Deuce’ Garner (6-3). The bouts from The Hangar in Costa Mesa, California will air LIVE … Read more

M-1 Global officials confirm Fedor Emelianenko’s Nov. 7 fight vs. Brett Rogers in the return of MMA to prime time television

Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face off on Nov. 7 somewhere.
Fedor Emelianenko and Brett Rogers will face off on Nov. 7 somewhere.

Amsterdam, Holland — Officials from CBS announced Thursday that the long-awaited United States return of M-1 Global’s Fedor Emelianenko will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7 at a venue to be determined.

M-1 Global (www.M-1Global.com) officials can also confirm that Emelianenko will indeed be taking on undefeated 10-0 top-ten ranked heavyweight Brett Rogers in the main event of the first-ever show to be conducted under a three-fight co-promotion agreement between M-1 Global and Strikeforce.

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Fedor Emelianenko NYC open workout photos

Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.
Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce - Fedor hit the mitts and worked the bag during his workout.

The famed Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko took a humongous bite out of the Big Apple Wednesday as hundreds of appreciative fans arrived early and stayed late to catch a glimpse of the mixed martial arts superstar and universally recognized No. 1 heavyweight in the world at a Free Open Workout and Meet & Greet in New York City.

In a major news development, it was announced that the talented, exciting Fedor (30-1) of Russia would meet undefeated, hard-hitting Brett “The Grim” Rogers of Minneapolis on SHOWTIME this fall. It will be Fedor’s first start since M-1 Global and STRIKEFORCE signed a ground-breaking agreement to co-promote major events.

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Fedor in New York City this Wednesday for free public workout, meet & greet

Photo by: Jack Bratcher - Fedor Emelianenko will hold a public workout and meet & greet this Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Photo by: Jack Bratcher - Fedor Emelianenko will hold a public workout and meet & greet this Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Fedor “The Last Emperor’’ Emelianenko at Fighthouse, 122 W. 27th Street, Wednesday, Aug. 26, At 3:30 p.m. ET


WHO: MMA Superstar & World’s Universally Recognized No. 1 Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

STRIKEFORCE Founder & CEO Scott Coker

President of M-1 Global, Vadim Finkelchtein

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Strikeforce / M-1 Global conference call featuring Fedor Emelianenko

Strikeforce and M-1 Global held a joint media conference call today concerning their co-promotional efforts involving Fedor Emelianenko. Scott Coker, Vadim Finkelchtein, Ken Hershman, and Fedor himself all fielded questions from the media. PRO MMA (promma.info) also took part in the call.

Despite the fact that every organization Fedor has fought for is no longer in operation, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker assured the media that this deal with Fedor will not be a financial burden upon the promotion and he would not have signed Fedor if he thought there was a possibility it could put Strikeforce out of business.

Here is the complete audio of the call. (They had a few technical challenges at times)

Strikeforce / M-1 Global conference call with Fedor Emelianenko

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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker talks Fedor

Strikeforce was founded in 1985 and has been putting on MMA events since 2006. However, CEO and Founder Scott Coker may have made the smartest business move in the history of his company last week when he signed a co-promotion deal with M-1 Global that would allow the world’s number one heavyweight, Fedor Emelianenko, to fight under the Strikeforce banner.

Fedor trained for months to fight Josh Barnett at “Affliction: Trilogy” on Aug. 1. After Barnett tested positive for steroids, the fight was scrapped and the company folded its MMA promotion. There is nothing worse than a fighter without a home — much less the top heavyweight on the planet.

When talking with Sports 1140 KHTK AM on Monday, Coker talked about the opportunity to bid on Fedor’s contract. “Fedor Emelianenko, you know, he was the hottest free agent on the market, and very rare does a fighter of that level become a free agent,” said Coker.

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“Deep Thoughts” with Jerry Millen

Remember Saturday Night Live’s “Deep Thoughts” skit? Well, here’s the 2009 MMA version with the sport’s own great philosopher, Jerry Millen. Millen’s quote comes from the recent M-1 press conference. I guess for Millen it was a pretty deep thought, I just have no idea what he means.