Dana White: Fedor's team 'not laughing now'

source: mmajunkie.com

Fedor Emelianenko recently UFC/" target="_blank">hinted that he was coming to the UFC, saying in an interview with Sportbox.ru “I can tell you the timing of my next bout right now. It’s going to be June or July... At the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”

In 2009 White and Fedor's management negotiated extensively for a Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar superfight, but were unable to come to terms. White, who had vowed to bring 'The Last Emperor' to the UFC, offered "a ton of money, everything that he wanted. He could go fight in sambo every f------ Thursday night if he wants to."

Talks ultimately died over the insistence of Fedor's management, M-1 Global, to co-promote the event. "I put my money where my mouth was and laid everything out and tried to make this thing happen," said White. "And they're coming up with unrealistic s---."

At today's UFC 146 kickoff press conference, White was asked if Emelianenko was on his radar.

"Not even a little bit," White replied. "That was a guy who was made an incredible offer, and they laughed at it. They aren't laughing now."


tags: UFC   Dana White   Fedor Emelianenko   M-1 Global   

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8/29/15 11:01 PM by NHBDaddy

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3/29/12 7:37 PM by DSaint

What Fedor did during his run was out fucking standing. Most people forget that PRIDE was widely considered to have the best Heavyweight division in MMA, and Fedor fucking dominated it. He didn't coast his way to decisions, he went for it and finished dudes. Times changed, and UFC suddenly had a heavyweight divsion worth talking about...and Fedor's management decided he was above fighting in the UFC. They fucked him from ever getting to test himself during his best years, and now we have a dude who just isn't what he once was. I can't blame Dana for feeling this way, but at the same time if you really hate the dude, put him in there and let your dudes beat him up. Don't cockblock him from making a living.