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Fedor Realizes He’s A ‘Thorn In the UFC’s Side’, Says They Recently Began Showing Respect

Hot on the heels of Dana White proclaiming he’s done trying to sign Fedor Emelianenko and we need to “get over it” comes these interesting comments about the negotiations from Fedor himself. Dana may have no clue what they want, but it sounds like he was making some kind of progress despite Fedor’s distaste for their style of promoting. From an interview on, translated by

But all these fighters compete in the UFC, a promotion we have already lost our hope to see you fighting for. Vadim Finkelstein stated a couple of days ago that if you signed a contract with the UFC a couple of years ago, you would not exist as a sportsman today. Do you feel that it could’ve really happened to you?

I don’t think so. UFC is a money making machine. The most important thing for this organization is a brand and it’s marketing. They have a couple of good fighters and there are also some very good champions; but they are trying to keep everyone at the same level. The most important thing for them is the promotion, not the fighters. I think that they lack a respect for their fighters. As for me, I became a thorn in their side.

We are constantly negotiating, but only during recent time the Americans began to show some respect. The dialogue between us is completely different right now. They are more interested in our opinion.

I’m assuming that means Fedor hasn’t heard Dana elevate their status from “crazy Russians” to just plain “lunatics” yet. Dana’s voice, in that interview, yeah, that’s the sound of respect going right out the window.

Anyhow, the good news is M-1 isn’t 100% dead set on co-promotion as a requirement for Fedor to fight in the UFC. I have no idea what else they want, but if it’s unknown M-1 fighters on UFC undercards, they might as well agree to it. Strikeforce did, and half of them can’t even get into the country.

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