M-1 Global and Fedor Emelianenko want thorough drug testing during WPG

M-1 Global along with their most prized possetion, Fedor Emelianenko held a press conference in Russia today to address a number of things surrounding their upcoming schedules, with one of the more contentious issues being drug testing in the upcoming Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix.

M-1 Global founder, Vadim Finkelchtein, speaking at today’s press conference, said:

“Two out of eight fighters in the tournament previously failed a drug test. Obviously, I’m talking about Josh Barnett and Antonio Silva. We want fair competition for everyone, so that’s why I will ask the commission to perform a strict drug testing. Fedor is not using any kind of substance to enhance his performance, and will be ready for any kind of testing. So if the commission decides to follow our suggestion, we’ll be ready.”

“Our organization paid a heavy price after the cancellation of the fight between Josh Barnett and Fedor. We did a lot of promotion for this fight, which in the end did not take place. That’s why as a promoter and manager, I don’t want this to happen ever again.”

Fedor, speaking speaking at today’s press conference, said:

“To tell you the truth, I don’t think MMA should be an Olympic sport. In my opinion, it could be an Olympic sport only on the amateur level. In MMA you have Olympic Champions in Wrestling, Judo and many other sports, that’s why I don’t think that making MMA in the Olympics is necessary to push the sport forward. I’m not interested participating in the Olympics. I think that I’m already past this stage of my career.”

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