Dana White and the UFC weren’t the only ones that passed on Fedor Emelianenko. Former EliteXC frontman Gary Shaw revealed to FightHubTV that they also considered signing Fedor, but passed for all the same reasons the UFC did.
“I did try several times to get Fedor to come to EliteXC, but the numbers they were asking, there’s no fighter who was worth that. I wasn’t willing to meet their demands. I thought M-1 was very difficult to deal with. It wasn’t only Fedor. They wanted to be the co-promoters and the managers and they wanted you to put on so many Russian fighters of theirs on every show. Nobody’s worth that price. Maybe if Fedor would have had the right management from the beginning, he might have been in the UFC and been a huge star.”
Yet they still went $55 million in the hole. Maybe they should have signed him anyways. What’s a few more million when you’re in that deep?