People can say whatever they want I don’t give a fuck. I know what I did, the things I have done and the places I have flown to try and get a deal done with Fedor. I did everything I possibly could to get a deal done… I have been to many places… met up with those guys in many places to try and get a deal done… I just don’t know what their endgame is. I just don’t know what it is that they want. They don’t care about money, it doesn’t matter how much money you offer them they are not interested, its like you are spinning your wheels in the mud the whole time… Look at this business the last ten years – I have done deals with Tito, who I butted heads with a million times and hated, to Brock Lesnar, who is a huge superstar in the WWE, to Anderson Silva and James Toney. You look at the wide range of people I have made deals with – but I can’t make a deal with these guys.
—Dana White telling Fighters Only he doesn’t know what M-1 wants for Fedor Emelianenko
While M-1 and Strikeforce were “renegotiating” their deal, Dana White hinted on several occasions that he had resumed talks with M-1 (which they denied). This sounds like the result of those talks. If M-1 doesn’t want money, what do they want? It seems they would certainly make more off of a UFC pay-per-view share bonus than they will off of any “co-promoted” event with Strikeforce.
Dana also told Fighters Only they are opening an office in Bejing, and plan to do The Ultimate Fighter China featuring Chinese fighters.
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Update: Maybe this is what M-1 wants:
While not officially a “team challenge,” the undercard of the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum event on June 26 in San Jose, Calif. will be filled with five matchups between the M-1 Global and Strikeforce organizations.
“It’s our people versus Strikeforce people,” M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan told MMAFighting.com Thursday. “We’re just finalizing the card now.”
What’s humorous about that quote is the “Strikeforce” fighters are probably going to be a bunch of local fighters they pluck from the San Jose area. I don’t ever foresee the UFC willingly clogging up their undercard with M-1’s fighters just to put Fedor on the card, nor do I blame them. That’s giving up a lot of control, and if you haven’t noticed by the now, the UFC likes to control everything.