M-1 Veep Jerry Millen: If Kimbo can go mainstream, so can Fedor

Props: USA Today

Quoteworthy:

"Look at what (Showtime and CBS) were able to do with a fighter like Kimbo Slice. Imagine what will happen once Fedor is exposed to the mainstream. Fedor could be 100,000 times bigger than a Kimbo Slice, because he's a true MMA fighter. And UFC needs some competition. That's what M-1 Global and Strikeforce will bring them. Competition is good. Fedor's happy, M-1 Global's happy, Strikeforce is happy, and fight fans should be completely happy."

Former PRIDE USA Vice President and current M-1 Global Veep Jerry Millen gets giddy over the fact that Team Russia aligned themselves with Strikeforce under a co-promotion agreement and anticipates bringing star acquisition Fedor Emelianenko to the unwashed, ignorant masses. Can a non-English speaking and pleasantly plump Russian get over with America's mainstream audience? Or did the blase reaction to his Affliction title fights tell the tale about his stateside popularity? We'll know for sure this fall when he headlines an upcoming Strikeforce event.

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