Finkelstein: “In mixed martial arts all is clear” Part 2
How are the mixed martial arts called in Europe?
There are different versions: mix fight, free fight, and others, but the essence is one. All of them belong to the MMA (mixed martial arts), and the names vary from country to country and there are some small differences in the rules.
How did you meet with Fedor Emelianenko?
I learned Fedor when he began performing in PRIDE.
I called him and offered to meet.
After talking with him, I realized that Theodore, as a champion of the world, should make completely different money.
In this “kitchen” I’ve been for a long time, so I understand the price of today’s market. We immediately found common language.
Fedor knew me a little from the words of other guys. At that time I already had contracts with Amar Suloev, Roman Zentsov, Andrei Semenov. They met with Fedor in tournaments in Combat Sambo.
It happened so that one organization offered me a very good contract. I offered good conditions to Fyodor, and he gladly accepted them. Thus our collaboration began.
How are mixed martial arts developing now?
We have already established branches in many countries and the tournaments ae held. In 2010 24 events are scheduled, not counting those where Fedor Emelianenko will participate. I try to attend maximum of the tournaments, but unfortunately it does not always work.