M-1 Director: Fedor Emelianenko/Strikeforce relationship healthy

“I think June, July is realistic (for Emelianenko’s return). It’s not 100 percent. Don’t take this as a fight announcement, but I think during the summer. After the CBS show, we thought that the (Strikeforce) terms needed a little bit tweaking — nothing major, just a little bit of tweaking. So, we had a round of negotiations with Strikeforce. Everything went positively. We’re pretty much at the end. For us, it’s really important that the M-1 Global brand is acknowledged on these co-promotion events. As much as the partners made a lot of effort to acknowledge the co-branding, the media basically picked up on the fact that it was Strikeforce and kind of forgot about everything else, which wasn’t the most ideal for us.”

Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s Director of Operations, dismisses reports that promotion star Fedor Emelianenko is out of action due to internal conflict or a chronic hand injury. Kogan does reveal that “the Strikeforce terms needed a little bit tweaking ” and that M-1 was overshadowed by the Strikeforce presence on CBS. (via Sherdog.com)

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