According to Randy Couture, the UFC has turned down an official offer from M-1 to run a co-promotion featuring a fight between Randy Couture and Fedor Emelianenko.
“We got an official offer from M-1 to the UFC to do a co-promotion for the Couture-Emelianenko fight, and they (UFC) rejected that offer,” Couture told Brawl Sports. “Really, the only thing standing in the way for that fight right now is Dana and the UFC. Obviously, M-1 is happy to do a co-promotion like that. It only serves to help them. I think the UFC is looking at it the other way, and it’s like why do we want to help out another organization? The fans want to see that fight. At some point, you have to put that first.”