My negotiations with UFC went quite smooth. I don’t know much of the detailes because all the negotiation was done by my manager. But he said they were open to sign me. It took over 2 months because there was a lot of paper work between M-1 and UFC. But I’m happy it finally happened.
I had a great time in M-1. The organization gave me the opportunity for big fights, and for climbing in rakings, but I first of all they gave me great memories. All the atmosphere at the events and all the support from the fans was unforgettable. I’m really glad I was the part of M-1.
Smoldarev and Volkov are both great fighters and it’s really hard to predict the rezult, but I know how strong Denis is so i think he can win by decision, and I’ll be cheering for him.