You don’t see this everyday, Fedor Emelianenko taking a stab back at the UFC.
“I’m not a UFC fan,” he said through his interpreter, Steve Bash.
“What I meant to say was, I’m not a fan of watching their fights,” he said. “Compared to the commercials, the promotion and anticipation of their fights and the shows I’ve seen, there seems to be a negativity in a lot of their shows, so I’m just not a fan of watching their programs.
“In some ways how the fights are presented, and the manner that they’re presented.” he continued. “Also, in some ways, the actions and behavior of some of the fighters in the UFC. It takes away from the sport.”
What, Fedor isn’t a fan of “black on black crime” or fighters ingesting each other’s bodily fluids on TUF? Shocking.
I’m kidding, I have no idea who and what Fedor is referring to, he didn’t say. But for all of us who hope to see him in the Octagon one day, this isn’t exactly a positive development. It’s one thing if Vadim Finkelchtein or one of the other countless M-1 execs say it, but another if Fedor does. If he doesn’t like the UFC and doesn’t want to sign with them, he doesn’t have to. Of course, he didn’t specifically say that either, so there’s still hope, rapidly dissipating hope, but still hope.
Fedor is scheduled to appear on MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour on Monday. Hopefully, Ariel Helwani can get him to elaborate.
Update: It appears a few things Fedor said in Russian on the conference call weren’t translated into English. It doesn’t necessarily take the above quotes out of context but they don’t really paint the whole picture of what Fedor was trying to convey. The stab at the UFC was more of a subtle dig. Plus, he says retirement is in fact something he’ll consider once he finishes the two remaining fights on his Strikeforce contract. Translation via MMA Mania.
“Fighting for my country and my heritage is what motivates me. Nothing else … I’m not a UFC fan, so I believe our fight is more important (than Lesnar vs. Carwin). I’m not a fan of watching UFC fights. There is always a lot of negativity coming out of their fights. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I’m just focusing on Werdum. We have two fights left with Stirkeforce, and assuming everything goes well, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t continue the relationship. But I am considering retirement more and more often now. I’d like to finish out my contract without any losses and then just see what God has planned for me.”
Sherdog has more notes on Fedor from the conference call.