Even though heavyweight icon Fedor Emelianenko recently teased the possibility of fighting for the UFC, acknowledging MMA’s best were housed under the organization’s banner, it appears the interest is not mutual as recently made clear by UFC President Dana White.
White, who has been an outspoken critic of Emelianenko and his management team at M-1 Global based on past negotiations with the group, was asked if his stance had softened in recent months. Simply put, it hasn’t.
“Not even a little bit,” responded White in a conversation with MMAWeekly. “That was a guy who was made an incredible offer, and they laughed at it. He ain’t laughing now.”
Emelianenko has won both of his bouts since a three-fight slide in Strikeforce, notching wins over Satoshi Ishii and Jeff Monson. The 35-year old Russian holds an overall record of 33-4 with wins over some of the sport’s premier names such as Mirko Filipovic and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
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MMATraining Take: If M-1 is still asking for ridiculous money and co-promotion I can understand White’s indifference to signing Emelianenko. However, if he can get him at a reasonable rate he’s a fool to let personal problems get in the way of bringing “The Last Emperor” on board. Emelianenko is still a draw and if nothing else White could at least bury his legacy by throwing him against 2-3 top tier opponents and watching him crumble.