Fighters Only Magazine has a report that has surfaced with a couple of comments from Gegard Mousasi regarding the rumors that he was, in fact, misled by M-1 management regarding his contract offer from the UFC. Most notably, Mousasi doesn't exactly kill the rumor at all:
Gegard Mousasi has said he will honour his agreement with Strikeforce following recent reports that his management had misled him about the amount of money the UFC had offered him for his services.
"I am fighting in Strikeforce now and Scott has always been honest to me," Mousasi told Fighters Only today. "I have a contract with Strikeforce and I am going to honor that."
The DREAM double-champion then said that he did not wish to comment on allegations that his management had misled him about the value of the UFC offer.
I hate fueling the speculation animal, but if the rumors were completely out of this world... Mousasi would have likely stated that they were false. Instead, he has resorted to not commenting on the rumor.
It's admirable that even if Mousasi was misled by his management, he will honor the contract that he did eventually sign, even though it may have been due to the fact that the UFC numbers were actually altered when he looked at them. This does, however, bring up some interesting questions regarding M-1 and Fedor.
I hate to continue beating the whole Fedor issue like a dead horse here, but if these rumors do end up being completely true -- Fedor may also be a victim of M-1's management team misrepresenting numbers to him. Furthermore, M-1 may also be misrepresenting everything to Fedor. His drawing power, his international appeal, and even his stateside presence could be fabricated stories that have influenced Fedor's decision-making skills. Call me crazy, but I don't think of Fedor as someone who surfs BloodyElbow.com or the UG regularly.