President and co-founder of M-1 Global Vladim Finkelchtein, is making the accusation that the UFC is preventing a potential deal between the clothing company and Fedor Emelianenko. TapouT created a Fedor shirt that most likely will never be sold in stores, due to the fact that the UFC threatened the clothing company with a lifetime ban if the shirt was ever put into production.
Below is an email sent to BloodyElbow. com by BJPenn.com editor Pedro Carrasco:
I am privy to certain details that I just got authorization to release to the public.
Initially, Fedor Emelianenko, the number one heavyweight fighter in the world, secured a deal to sport the always growing and ever popular “TapOut” clothing line at this weekend’s Strikeforce events.
However, during my time here in San Jose, while spending time with very legitimate sources close to the situation, I was advised that certain parties within the UFC halted TapOuts participation in the event and threatened a UFC lifetime ban, if Emelianenko came out wearing their line.
And here is a statement by Finkelchtein when asked when and if MMA fans will be able to get the Fedor shirt;
Q: When can fans get Fedor’s Tapout shirt:
A: I’m afraid to disappoint the fans, but it seems like, never. Literally today they called me from the TAPOUT firm and told me that they were contacted by the representatives of the UFC, and that under the threat of tearing up all the contracts with their organization demanded that TAPOUT categorically stop producing all the shirts from the line of Fedor Emelianenko.
This is how Dana White feels about Fedor. So tell me, what can we think about such person after this, that even in things that have nothing to do with UFC, he still tries to mess it up for us. So it seems that the shirts will just stay a rarity that fans will see in pictures. Say thanks to UFC and their politics of monopoly.