A few days ago, UFC President Dana White made a few comments to The Boston Herald in reference to Fedor Emelianenko.
“The door is wide open. I want Fedor to come in and fight the best. At the end of the day, I’m a fight fan. That’s what I really am, and I want to see the best fight the best. Let’s find out if he’s the best. I want to do it.”
Now, in an official statement M-1 sent us, M-1 President Vadim Finkelstein has responded to those comments. The statement in it’s entirety.
Dana says UFC’s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro record. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I’m afraid that’s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
I said it many times – we are ready to make this clash happen in any shape of joint event. This bout is the most anticipated event in the world of MMA. But Fedor will not sign to the enslaving terms of the UFC contract while UFC won’t agree to make compromise.
Why would Fedor need to prove anything to anybody? He’s already defeated 4 ex-UFC champions and twice UFC Interim champion in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
According to White there are guys better than Tim Sylvia. Well, who are they? Looking at the world rankings one can conclude it is Fedor himself, Couture whose situation I discussed above, then it’s Nogueira, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. To face off with Josh or Andrei there is no need for Fedor to come to UFC. He’ll fight them at Affliction.
I truly believe Dana White did more for MMA than anybody else, but at the moment he is the one who hinders the sport’s progress. He seems like a man with a big tasty pie who’s afraid that someone comes and bites a piece of it.
All we want is mutually beneficial cooperation but the old conditions offered by UFC are simply unacceptable.
It’s nothing really eye-opening or anything we haven’t heard before, but Finkelstein does hint at the notion that Dana White wants to kill the Fedor vs Randy fight.
Is that the case? Probably, it would make sense, but Dana’s obviously not going to admit it. However, White did have some interesting things to say in a recent Sun article regarding Brock Lesnar and Randy Couture. Here he is hyping Brock Lesnar.
“But Lesnar’s such a different animal, this guy is so big, so strong and so fast at that weight it’s just phenomenal.
“For what he lacks in technique and knowledge, he makes up for in size, speed and power.
“Lesnar could go on to be the best heavyweight and the longest-reigning heavyweight – who knows what could happen with him.”
And trying to downplay Fedor and the now mythical bout with Randy.
But although White is relieved a new deal has been agreed with the Hall of Famer, he was quick to play down talk of a future bout between Couture and top Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko.
White added: “If Couture loses to Lesnar, I don’t know how much more interest there is in a Fedor v Couture fight.
“I think you’d be looking at Fedor going up against whoever the best heavyweight at the time is.”
So is it really a stretch to say White would rather see Lesnar win? Probably not. It would probably be more lucrative for the UFC is Lesnar wins as well. Unfortunately for White though, as long as Fedor is outside the UFC, no matter who their champ is, he’s always going to get the Fedor questions while Emelianenko is the division’s king.