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Fedor’s Former Manager Says Last Emperor Working with ‘Shady Enterprise’

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Everyone may be quick to blame Fedor Emelianenko‘s manager Vadim Finkelchtein for the “Last Emperor” returning to mixed martial arts competition, but once again avoiding the UFC. There is just one problem with that, however, Finkelchtein, if he is to be believed, is no longer Fedor’s manager.

In fact, Fedor sidestepping the UFC in favor a working with former Pride FC boss Nobuyuki Sakakibara and his new Rizin Fighting Federation promotion in Japan was solely the former heavyweight kingpin’s decision.

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“Fedor makes all the decisions by himself now. In our past, all troubles and accusations used to fall on me. They said that I was the reason that Fedor didn’t fight in UFC,” Finkelchtein told M1Global.tv. “But now I say officially: I don’t have any relations to this one. Nothing.”

Finkelchtein, who operates the M-1 Global promotion, says that he was approached about a year ago by Sakakibara to see if he would be interested in partnering with the latter’s Japanese revival, but had ….View original article