With the break down of the negotiations this week, a lot of people are wondering "WTF!?!".
For those of you who do not know, The UFC offered Fedor a 6 fight deal, for 5 million dollars a fight (30 million total). WAY more then any UFC fighter has ever made, period. They said he can wear all his M-1 Global stuff he wants, and that M-1 Global gets a PPV cut for having Fedor on the show.
UFC said Fedor's first fight would be against Brock Lesnar for the title..
Which is why most people are wondering why this biggest offer ever is being turned down. Fedor fought Tim Sylvia, and Andre Arlovski. Tim Sylvia is a represenative of how shitty the heavyweight division truly is, and Arlovski would have been more interesting a few years ago when he was a title contender. Other then those two guys Fedor hasn't fought a top guy in his division since Mark Hunt or Mirko Filopovic fast approaching 4-5 years ago.
M-1 Global's main concern is that Fedor will be bound to a UFC contract, which makes NO F**KING SENSE, because why the hell would Fedor really need to fight outside of the UFC at this point. Josh Barnett is not allowed to fight, Mir, Lesnar, Carwin, Couture, Nogueira, are in UFC, any heavyweight with half a brain wants to fight where the fans are, and the money is.
M-1 Global survives solely on co-promoting with organizations, and their only bargaining chip is Fedor Emelieneko, they are putting on their first non-co-promoted PPV August 28th. With top light heavyweight contender "Don Frye" starring the show. Don Frye kicks ass, everyone loves his moustache, but come on. He's not in the top 20 LHW's.
My theory on why the UFC will not allow Fedor to leave UFC is because of a syndrome...Bret Hart syndrome.
Well anyway, for anyone who's a pro-wrestling geek knows (if you have no idea bare with me), Bret Hart was WWF champion, and was leaving for WCW for more money. However he refused to understand that wrestling is fake, and they demanded that he lose his championship belt before he goes to WCW so he doesn't show up on their ratings opponents show as the WWF champion which would be disasterous. All the fake crap aside, thats a real problem for the WWF if your nut job champion refuses to lose his belt in his hometown.
If Fedor is not completely bound to UFC, he could beat Brock Lesnar, and go fight in M-1 Global, Elite XC, Strikeforce, whatever MMA fight promotion he pleases as the UFC champion. Which would be of course disasterous.
This "co-promotion" thing is bullshit, they are giving them a piss load of money, and letting them plaster banners all over the show. They act like the UFC is being unreasonable by forcing him to stay for 6 fights. Its like sorry for giving you more money then you can shake a stick at, giving you the largest fan base, and giving you top contenders.
I also consider just how devalued Fedor will be once Brock Lesnar dominates him for 3 rounds and TKO's him. Perhaps there is more money in the long run for M-1 Global if they keep giving Fedor guys they know he can beat. These shady ass M-1 promoters are more like Don Kings then the MMA enthusiasts they claim to be. I just don't get these M-1 tards, I was just watching and interview with the creepy Finklestein guy who makes all the decisions for Fedor apparently and they truly act like they don't need the UFC. NEWSFLASH FINKLESTEIN! No one gives a shit about Fedor vs Barnett when it lands between GSP vs Thiago Alves, Lesnar vs. Mir and Anderson Silva vs Griffin, Penn vs Florian.
Fedor vs Brock is the real life Rocky 4, and America doesn't lose, we'll free the shit out of your country!