By Zach Arnold | July 9, 2010
Evgeni Kogan of M-1 is denying what you are hearing in regards to major restructuring. Also said during this interview:
M-1 will sit down with Ken Hershman and Showtime to work out a plan to move forward, which M-1 sees as Fedor vs. Werdum in a re-match. Mr. Kogan said that there is emphasis for a re-match based on a poll they put on their web site where 1,000 people voted and about 75-80% said they wanted to see the re-match take place. Plus, it doesn’t make much sense for Fedor, coming off a loss, to fight for the Strikeforce Heavyweight title.
It’s unrealistic to think that the re-match would happen in Moscow and it will happen in the US, with the expectation that it will happen before the year is over.
Regarding the issue of a ‘champion’s clause’ in a contract, M-1’s official stance is they are open to any possibilities, including a contract extension or no contract extension. They are happy with the current state of their relationship with Showtime and Strikeforce, “which is saying a lot.” Having a champion’s clause in a contract would not be considered a deal-breaker.
As to why Fedor didn’t fight on the CBS show in Nashville, M-1 was at an impasse with Strikeforce. As to why Fedor vs. Overeem hasn’t already happened, M-1 says they were never offered a fight with Overeem in the first place.