It could be an Indian summer for Fedor Emelianenko.
Sources tell Fighters Only that the Russia is top of the target list for the newly-emerged Indian promotion Super Fight League, which staged its first event last month.
Fedor is currently in free agency, his Strikeforce contract having expired with the July 2011 loss to Dan Henderson. Since then he has got back into the win column with victories over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii respectively.
“Fedor is definitely a fighter we would consider and would be honored to have fight in the SFL,” said SFL executive Ken Pavia when Fighters Only contacted him to ask for a comment on the source’s claims. But Fedor carries a top-tier price tag - can SLF afford him, and would he be worth it?
“Realists have to put him at the top of the pound-for-pound list given the longevity of his dominance. The participation of such a legend could only enhance an emerging fight promotion,” Pavia replied.
Over at M-1 headquarters, Fedor’s management allowed that Super Fight League could be of interest to their man if the appropriate deal was in place.
“We are of course flattered by Pavia's statement and if there are any concrete proposals for co-operation, Fedor and Vadim will of course seriously consider them,” said Evgeni Kogan, currently in Russia but usually to be found heading up of the M-1 office in Holland.
In separate news he confirmed that M-1 had this week won a court judgement over the Russian fighter Vyacheslav ’Slava’ Vasilevsky, who signed for Bellator FC last year and made his debut last week with a win in their middleweight grand prix.
M-1 contends that he was under contract to their organisation - which combines management with the staging of MMA events - and that he was not free to sign with or fight for Bellator. His current manager disputes the claim that he was under contract to M-1 when he signed with Bellator.
The Dutch judgement, which M-1 is now asking US courts to uphold, requires Vasilevsky to pay €1,000 for each day he has been in breach of contract. It also requires him to surrender €5,000 from any Bellator purses he receives while in breach of contract.