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M-1 Global Denies Report; Says Fedor Emelianenko, UFC Not Close to Deal

Fedor EmelianenkoM-1 Global’s Apy Echteld on Tuesday denied an LA Times report that the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko were close to finalizing a deal, telling‘s Josh Gross that the report was “not accurate” while offering few details on the top heavyweight’s next fight:

“I can give you a guarantee it’s not accurate,” said Apy Echteld of M-1 Global, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based promotion and management company of which Emelianenko is an equity stakeholder.

Echteld declined to comment on negotiations between M-1 Global and the UFC, which are rumored to be taking place Tuesday in Los Angeles. He pointed to a press conference Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif., for “important” news on Emelianenko’s fate.

The Wednesday press conference is being held for Fedor to “discuss the ramifications of the cancellation, comment on his future in the fight game, and respond to questions from members of the media.”

Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko

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