Vadim: UFC is like prison, Dana White a dog on hay

source: The Underground

— Were there any issues with signing the Ishii fight ?

The main process of negotiation was with the Dream representatives. Because of that there was not much M-1 involvement. From what I know, everything went smoothly.  Ishii immediately showed interest in this fight which helped speed up the negotiations.

— Who, except Ishii, did you consider as a possible opponent for Fedor, were there such fighters ?

We were interesting especially in Ishii. Lets say this, for the New Years Eve fight we especially wanted the fight with Ishii --- he is an Olympic Champion and this says a lot. His name is famous around the world, he is young and has potential. This is exactly what Fedor needs. We did not want to fight someone, where fans would then say that this is not a worthy strong enough opponent for Fedor and would critique Fedor. Ishii is a serious opponent will get his dream fight at home in the context of a prestigious tournament on New Years Eve.

— Indeed, Ishii's dream is close to reality. To be able to fight in a famous tournament on New Years' Eve and on top of that to fight Fedor, isn't that too much for a young upcoming fighter ?

His youth is an advantage. Hungry for wins Ishii will have additional motiviation. Firstable, he is at ahome, second, he will be fighter Fedor and this is something that he dreamed of when he came to MMA (Ishii mentioned he wanted to fight Fedor after his Judo career), third, he has a chance to go down in history as someone that beat Fedor Emelianenko. If we are to talk about his experience, then I wouldn't be sarcastic about this. His win in Olympic Judo in the absolute weight class --- this is not a random event, but a sign of definitive mastery.

— Before the fight with Monson, Fedor changed his training process somewhat. As a result, we saw that Fedor changed as a fighter, in particular his tactic. What will be training camp for Fedor tihs time, will it be similar to the last one ?

Yes, it will be exactly the same as for Monson. Even before the Ishii fight was announced, Fedor went to Holland, where he is now. Everyone that trains with Fedor notes his improvement. Indeed, his improvement is noticeable and I am sure you saw it too. His Dutch sparring partners wont' be happy about his stay as Fedor's arms and legs are moving fast and explosive now. This makes us happy.

— How long will Fedor be in Holland ? When will he return to Russia and then go to Japan ?

Fedor will come around the 20'th this month, unsure when exactly. After that he plans to go to his wife, which is in Tule, and after that to Stary Oskol.  We didn't yet get the tickets to Japan.  I think we will fly out on Dec 27. A time difference of 5 hours is not a big deal, so one need not be concerned about adaptation issues.

— We can only imagine with what interest Japanese fans will wait for Fedor's arrival. Are there planned meetings with Japanese TV ?

Honestly, I don't know. May be we will make some TV meetings, but as of now we don't know. Do understand, the show itself -- this is the actual big TV event. The japanese are able to create a stunning feeling around the tournament. This is always captivating and interesting. Likely, Fedor will meet TV crew after the fight. But again, we can say this firmly after the fight.

— There is information that Fedor will get 500,000$ for the Ishii fight. This is a solid sum considering the financial problems DREAM has experienced lately.

The sum 500,000$ is incorrect. This is all nonsense. At this moment, for us, the key thing is the level of the opponent, and not how much we get paid.  I can say that if we were unable to agree with Ishii, we wouldn't participate in this tournament. We had concurrent offers with other DREAM fighters, but this is not for Fedor's level, and we didn't want to have a fight with mediocre fighters, taking a step backwards. We want to be taking steps forward and we will follow this in the future.

— So, these steps forward, likely implies that next year will be rich in events. What will that be for Fedor ?

We want to have 3 fights. One in Russia, one in Europe, and one in the USA. We really want to get a rematch with Werdum, but he is locked up in the prison called UFC, and because of that arranging for him to fight Fedor would be very difficult.

Dana White is like a dog on hay -- he neither eats it himself, nor lets the others eat it. There are many other good fighters, whom we are considering. For instance, Josh Barnett. We need to wait for the StrikeForce HW's tournament to end and then we can see how likely it is that we can arrange a fight.  

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orcus site profile image  

12/19/11 3:57 PM by orcus

 " We did not want to fight someone, where fans would then say that this is not a worthy strong enough opponent for Fedor and would critique Fedor." And this is Ishii?

stonepony site profile image  

12/19/11 3:54 PM by stonepony

DW is like somebody who knows how to sustain and grow an organization... M-1 is the new Don King. Should have taken the UFC contract while it was offered, but they were confident they could pad his record by coasting in the minor-league organizations. Biggest blunder in sports history.

JK3420 site profile image  

12/19/11 12:33 PM by JK3420

Pretty sure he's released and ready to be signed by a new promotion. Normally Zuffa will buyout the contract of anyone they want in the UFC.

Uchi site profile image  

12/19/11 11:20 AM by Uchi

Just sad all the way around. Vadim is simply delusional at this point, and any bargaining power he once truly had has evaporated. As the UFC continues to expand and be successful, the number of fights that Vadim can make for Fedor that he can even *try* to sell as relevant shrinks.Given Fedor's legacy, its UFC or retire time, IMO. Don't waste what fights he has left in him for anyone that is not clearly top 10.

jensapw site profile image  

12/19/11 3:53 AM by jensapw

I hear lots of people saying that he should sign with the UFC but I really don't see that happening. Dana wouldn't sign him after their previous encounters and him having lost three in a row including a fight against a mw.

joe k site profile image  

12/19/11 2:42 AM by joe k

Vadim is looking for Barnett?? He is bat-shit crazy. Zuffa won't let Barnett fight Fedor under any circumstances, they would bring him into the UFC just to block that.

H Bomb site profile image  

12/19/11 1:03 AM by H Bomb

prison?sucking the life out of fedors post pride career has been more of a prison for fans than the UFC which continues to grow the sport of mma all while m1 thinks the mma world revolves around 1 man.sad

choadler site profile image  

12/19/11 12:05 AM by choadler

 This thread is so, so sad.

judom site profile image  

12/18/11 11:08 PM by judom

Fedor already made a training change going to Holland.There is only 1 more change left to be made. C'mon Fedor, you know what to do.