Last week, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko revealed to WHOA! TV that he felt the reason he never was fought in the UFC was because UFC president Dana White didn't like him.
"In my opinion, everything was in Dana White's hands,' says Emelianenko. "Because at that moment, I just felt like 'this guy, he just hates us.' Like, personally to me. There were insults coming from Dana White all the time. There were many very loud things said, but for real nothing happened. It was all talk."
UFC president Dana White was asked about the remarks at a media event on Thursday.
"Me and Lorenzo were f---ing laughing about that," said White. "Yeah so I hated him. Who did I hate worse than Tito? The guy lost f--king 100 fights in a row and retired in the UFC.
"We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company. You don't think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I f---ing wanted to make that fight so bad."
"Brock wanted that fight. Brock wanted that fight bad."
"We had to build a f--king stadium in Russia, and we had to do all this stupid s---, stuff that no normal f--king human being would do. And now they lay in bed every night and regret not doing that deal."
"I explained this to Fedor. ‘We're catching a moment in time, right here, right now, where this fight between you and Brock Lesnar will be f---ing massive. We're talking Dallas, Texas Stadium. This huge fight between these two big heavyweight guys. We're laying this massive f---ing offer on the table.' I said, ‘You're one punch away from being worth f---ing zero.'
"'This is the f---ing moment, the time. We all need to seize this moment and make this f---ing happen.'"
"It's not even that I regret it. Dude, when I tell you that we did everything... someday I'll tell you the story of how much we offered that f---er, too. People will f---ng s---. It made no sense. It's one of those type of deals.
"The NFL does $9 billion in television revenue. Makes no sense for the network. The network doesn't make a dime off the NFL, but you gotta have the NFL, right? The NFL pulls ratings like anything. This was one of those deals where it's like, this makes no f---ing sense whatsoever. And literally when we got on the plane, when we were flying back, we were like, ‘Thank f---ing God they turned that offer down.'"
White has for many years been adamant that the MMA G.O.A.T. is Anderson Silva, but he was asked if Fedor was the best in the world of his time?
"Maybe he was," said White. "Maybe he was when he was fighting in Pride. Maybe he was. I don't know, because we never got to make some of the fights we wanted to make.
"Who knows. Maybe Fedor knocks out Brock, because we saw Brock against guys that hit hard. And that's probably what (Fedor and manager Vadim Finkelstein) look at it now. Like, ‘Goddamn.'"
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