In the last 10 years, the sport's greatest fighters have all entered the Octagon, with one exception - Fedor Emelianenko.
UFC president Dana White along with partner Lorenzo Fertitta spent months negotiating with Emelianenko's manager, business partner and advisor Vadim Finkelstein, but in the end, Fedor lost three in Strikeforce, won three in Russia and Japan, and then retired.
White was asked this weeekend about the UFC 's plans in Russia, and an offer from Vadim.
"I'm ready to talk and work." said Vadim in a recent interview. "I'm ready to give them my champions if we can come to an agreement."
Don't expect an M-1 Global and UFC alliance this month.
"That's cool of him. So now Fedor's retired, M-1 Global didn't work and now he's open to working with us? He's a smart dude," said White. "Vadim blew it in every way possible that you could blow it. We went there, we made Fedor an incredible offer and M-1 was a part of that whole thing cause I don't know how that whole relationship works, but if he would have come in and he would have fought—he would have made a lot of money."
"That dude must f—-ing go to bed every night and lay down and just motherf--- himself until he falls asleep." said White of Finkelstein. "Seriously. he must. I don't even know how it's possible how he couldn't."
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