– Fedor Emelianenko didn’t find out that the Affliction: Trilogy event was canceled until late Friday. M-1 Global, the co-promoter of the show, issued a statement today saying that Fedor was “ready, willing, and able” to fight whoever is put before him. Fedor, his camp, and several other M-1 employees were on their way to Anaheim, CA, the site of the show, on Friday and didn’t hear about the cancellation until landing at the airport.
“M-1 Global understands and shares the disappointment being expressed by many fans that Fedor will not be able to compete on Aug. 1 as scheduled,” a statement read. “However, we will work to ensure that Fedor returns to active competition as soon as possible.”
According to the statement, M-1’s debut show in its premium fight series, “M-1: Breakthrough” at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Aug. 28), “will look to help fill the void” left by the “Trilogy” cancellation. It is unlikely though that Fedor will be part of that show.
It also is unknown if UFC will pick up some of Affliction’s fighter contracts as part of their new deal together.