Dana White didn’t just talk about Anderson Silva vs. GSP on Dan LeBatard’s radio show the other day. A fan called in and asked Dana if there was ever a chance the UFC would consider co-promoting with M-1 to put the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar dream fight together. As you can imagine, the caller didn’t get the answer he was looking for.
“It will never happen in a million years. They’re a minor league. Listen I have come to the realization and everyone else needs to too that Fedor doesn’t want to fight the best guys in the world. He just doesn’t. Believe me when I tell you guys I have done everything in my power, I have flown to crazy parts of the world, done all this stuff, been on the phone for hours, not hung out with my kids on weekends because I’m on the phone with these lunatics and just can’t make the deal. They don’t want to do it so we gotta get over it.”
“I can tell you this. I offered him more than anyone ever in his entire fight career has ever offered him or ever will… I can go through the list, it goes on and on of guys I’ve not only been able to sign, but guys I’ve been able to re-sign and keep in the UFC for years. But I can’t sign this guy? Why? What am I doing that I can’t sign this guy? They’re lunatics! They don’t want to fight the best guys in the world, period. It’s the only answer.”
“The level of athlete that’s out there right now just keeps getting better and better. Our heavyweight division has never been more stacked than it is right now with incredible talent. This guy can go over there and fight in their league and I guarantee you they’re paying him more money than anyone they have under contract and he can fight bums. Why would he not want to do that? He can go over there and make big money to fight nobodies.”
Meanwhile, Fedor couldn’t care less what Dana White or anyone else says about him. He doesn’t bother to pay attention.
“I’m more interested in spending quality time in my everyday life with my family and my friends than cruising the Internet, listening to rumors, or callouts.”
“As far as my reaction, I don’t have any reaction. I don’t really have reactions to any compliments people tell me, nor criticism. It’s not something that’s that important to me. I have more important goals in my life than seeking out the Internet to see what people are saying about me.”
Dana may want everyone to “get over it,” Fedor may just flat out ignore it, but one thing is certain. As long as Fedor is actively fighting without a legitimate loss on his record, fans and the media are going to call for Dana White and Fedor Emelianenko to make a deal.