Vadim Finkelstein on Fedor’s defeat: We will not demand a rematch against Fabricio Werdum

M-1 Global boss and Fedor Emelianenko‘s manager Vadim Finkelstein reacted to the Strikeforce: Fedor vs Werdum outcome in a positive manner. Finkelstein declared that M-1 Management will not demand a rematch against Vai Cavalo Fabricio Werdum, but will be still happy to get it. Finkelstein also stated once again that Werdum is the best grappler in MMA today, and that Fedor’s camp were fully aware of this in their preparations for the fight:

“We knew that Fabricio Werdum is a very dangerous fighter.  Fedor just got caught. He is much stronger than Fabricio Werdum, but it’s a fight, so anything can happen. Everyone was sure that Fedor is going to win tonight, but Werdum is the best grappler in the world.

If there will be a rematch, which we are not demanding, I am pretty sure that Fedor is going to win next time.”

The fight against Fabricio Werdum was originally scheduled for Strikeforce: Nashville on April 17th, but was postponed until June due to the contractual dispute between M-1 and Strikeforce. It will be interesting to see how the things work for the promotions after Fedor’s defeat, and who will be next in line for The Last Emperor. Fedor Emelianenko also recently revealed about considering his retirement, possibly trying his luck in politics.

Translated from: MixFight.ru


36 Comments

  1. Profile photo of KPenn

    KPenn

    June 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    question. so everytime fedor fights in strikeforce, are they co-promoting with M-1?

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    moots

    June 27, 2010 at 9:31 am

    Yes

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    PrideFC

    June 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Whatever Fedor chooses to do it will be the right choice, Fedor has always said he doesn’t care about having a legacy or anything like that, he just wants to fight for his fans, for his family, for his country and for god.. he has always said he wants to be remembered as a good person and nothing more. His 27 fight win streak would end sometime or another, especially now that he is getting older and thinking of retirement and making a move into politics.

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    BlueClearSky

    June 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Fedor first lost , hes a good fighter with a great personality
    ,Fedor will come back stronger ever.imo

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    ogobska

    June 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    so this means junior dos santos is the no.1 heavyweight in the world! LOL

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    Joey Santosus

    June 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Uhhh No…. By ranking, not my opinion, but by ranking the winner of Lesnar vs Carwin will officially be the #1 HW in world.

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    ogobska

    June 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

    wow can’t you handle a joke? you’re heart still bleeds from the lost lol

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    ston3pony

    June 27, 2010 at 11:44 am

    If he wanted to fight for his fans he would be fighting the best fighters. All the evidence suggests that he doesn’t give a damn what the fans want.

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    ogobska

    June 27, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    agree

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    ogobska

    June 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    lol the nuthugs are having fun weaking everyone who comments on fedor haha

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    SumHo

    June 27, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    You’re kind of like a broken record. Stop being so bitter about one fighter. What do YOU know about what HE cares about? Please.

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    SumHo

    June 27, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Now he has less pressure to perform with a flawless record. I hope he fights both Verdum again and Overeem and gets a crack at a couple of UFC fighters after that, assuming he continues to be successful and they land a deal.

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    SumHo

    June 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    In my humble opinion, Overeem just might destroy lesnar or carwin if he ever moves over there to fight. I believe he is far superior in striking, though in the case of carwin he could get caught with his heavy hands. It would be nice to see a great striker do well there, as opposed to a beefy wrestler.

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    ston3pony

    June 27, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Who’s bitter? Fedor is irrelevant. If he had beaten Werdum, it would have meant nothing. But he lost, his next fight will be even less relevant.

    If he cared about MMA, or his fans, he would be fighting at the top. Like any real champion would. He’s not the P4P #1, he’s not even close to being the #1 HW. It’s obvious that what cares about is his record, and M-1.

    Fortunately now that he has lost, maybe he will make an actual run for the real belt and prove how dominant he is?

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    ston3pony

    June 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    JDS is doing well. In order for a kick-boxer to compete against the top HW’s though, they need to be able to wrestler. They can’t box off their back.

    Chuck wouldn’t have gotten many of his knockouts, if he wasn’t such a good wrestler.

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    whitey

    June 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    CAIN is doing very well also. And I am well aware he is a wreslter by nature but he’s a very young guy so he has time to learn the stand up. And if you look at the difference between his stand up against Kongo and Big Nog it was huge. In another year or two he might be one of those guys who can take you down if he wants, or beat the crap out of you on the feet.

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    Jizzle11

    June 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I wouldn’t call Werdum the best grappler in the world

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    nickpeyon

    June 27, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    /facepalm….. SECOND loss, dude… 2nd!!!

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    nickpeyon

    June 27, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Werdum is damn good on the ground, 2x ADCC champion ans 2x world champion, but his not the best.

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    Murdoc

    June 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    You are 100 percent right.

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    Boner89

    June 27, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    This will cripple Strikeforce I mean the only relevant draw they have left is Overeem. Who’s going to want to see Fedor fight now??? I know I don’t unless its against Overeem.

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    Gabe

    June 27, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Hey, leave Fedor alone paper3pony… he just made a rookie mistake and pulled “a Lesnar.”

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    Gabe

    June 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    YOU’RE irrelevant paper3pony.

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    griffin

    June 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    everyone still wants to see fedor fight because they know he will come back stronger than ever. Did GSP lose all his fans after he lost to serra?

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    colktfo

    June 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    lesnar just got into mma. fedor has been 4 a while. big difference.

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    colktfo

    June 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    cain and jds r going to be wll known and respected fighters soon.

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    colktfo

    June 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    no i never liked gsp.

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    SanDiegoLife

    June 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Was this a serious question??M1 who????????

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    Joey Santosus

    June 27, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Who? Lol, if ur talking about me being sad about Fedor losing then ur slow…. Go look around the site at my past comments leading up to this fight… Just a little to anxious to argue huh?

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    SumHo

    June 27, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I get it: you keep saying the same thing over and over because you don’t have an original thought to share; you merely repeat the words of Dana White as your own. Don’t let others think for you.

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    SumHo

    June 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Of course. But Overeem has ample experience in the game and is a great athlete. No one in the UFC HW division has his kicks, punches, power, athleticism together either.

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    IChokePeople

    June 28, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I could only go along with that if Carwin won. If Lesner wins he still only has 6 Fights and only 3 top ranked opponents. Even If you think that is enough the rankings are highly subjective. I mean, Fedor is still probably better than them and Overeem would have to be in the mix too. Werdum winning last night makes things a bit messy. I personally think that this is another GSP V Serra I. Really I think that all of the top HW’s can beat eachother on any given day at this point. I think some would have higher %ages but who knows.

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    IChokePeople

    June 28, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Very smart comment. I still think Overeem is in the mix with those guys though.

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    IChokePeople

    June 28, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I don’t know who would win between him and Maia. 3 Abu Dabi championships is pretty damn good.

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    Joey Santosus

    June 28, 2010 at 3:29 am

    Yea, the HW division has become extremely competitive and overall much more interesting.

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    Joey Santosus

    June 28, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Its nice to hear people openly discussing the success of other heavyweights, its just a shame that it took Fedor losing in that manner for some of you guys ( I said some) to be open minded.

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