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Vadim: Reebok deal unlikely to impact Fedor’s willingness to sign with the UFC

Fedor Emelianenko’s former manager and current advisor believes the UFC’s Reebok deal is unlikely to hamper the negotiation process.

Exactly one week ago, legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko announced his return to professional MMA. This led to an instantaneous reaction from fans and pundits, as well as announcements from multiple promotions who were keen to join the sweepstakes for the Russian superstar.

Given that Fedor's management and the UFC do not have a fantastic working relationship, many believed that Bellator was more likely to acquire his services. Apart from the fact that former Strikeforce owner Scott Coker is now the CEO of Bellator MMA, it seemed like a natural fit for Fedor.

However, Fedor's former manager and current advisor, Vadim Finkelchtein, revealed that Fedor's history with the UFC will not impact his decision to join the promotion. He also stated that the co-promotion sticking point from five years ago was no longer on the bargaining table.

On a final note, Vadim added that he didn't think that the newly minted Reebok exclusive outfit deal would hinder Fedor's willingness to fight for the UFC.

"I'm not sure, but I don't think it's going to be a big problem because I think Rebook is interested in Fedor as well as the UFC," Vadim told Submission Radio. "I think if they really want this they will find some ways."

While it remains unclear where Fedor will sign, it seems more likely than ever before that one of the greatest fighters of all time could finally compete in the Octagon.