We don't want to read too much into an initial statement, but Vadim Finkelchtein's opening salvo is filled with verbage that the UFC isn't going to like:
"This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about," Finkelchtein, Fedor's manager, said on the M-1 website. "Fedor and I are here in the States. If they (the UFC) want to come out and fly here, we are ready to conduct negotiations. Of course it still doesn't imply we are ready to accept any conditions they'll throw at us. We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global."
Why make a public statement like this and provide ammunition to ruin a deal before negotiations have begun? "Co-promotional" should make every MMA fan shake in their boots.
Working out a deal with Fedor is unlike any in MMA history. Essentially you're dealing with a state-paid employee. It's the Russian way. Fedor doesn't have to work another day in his life, so money is really not the issue. It's a matter of respect and who wins the power battle.
- Fedor Emelianenko