Just in case everybody wasn’t clear on where he stands on the issue of Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC and the argument on whether or not he is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world, UFC President Dana White enthusiastically expressed his opinion in an interview with Steve Cofield of ESPN Radio 1100.
“How can you call this guy [Fedor] the best in the world?,” the UFC President asked. “He’s a heavyweight and look at the guys he’s fought. When you say Fedor beat all the big names, that was back in PRIDE. You’re talking what, four years ago? So wait a minute, maybe Muhammed Ali is the best pound-for-pound best fighter in the world. By calling him best pound-for-pound in the world, that is insane.”
This comes on the heels of White stating last week that he was confident that they would sign the Russian heavyweight. Cofield went on to note that Fedor beat many of the past UFC heavyweight champions.
“You guys hear me all the time talking about how horrible our heavyweight division was,” White stated. “Our heavyweight division was weak. I said it then too.”
White also responded to the claims of Affliction VP Tom Atencio, who said that he was confident that Fedor would never sign with the UFC because they haven’t been able to get something done at this point.
“The guy’s a loser,” White said of Atencio. “Anything this guy has ever said, has never come true, every word that’s ever come out of this guy’s mouth has never come true and we’re going to listen to what he has to say?”
White also hinted at some possible “shady” dealings with Fedor and his management when it comes to negotiating a deal.
“We’re dealing with more than just another culture there. You have an athlete, where other people are cutting the deals and deciding when and where he can do anything.”
So, despite all the clamoring over the years for Fedor to come to the UFC and prove that he’s the best fighter that MMA has to offer, and the recent buzz surrounding a possible epic showdown between he and Brock Lesnar, it looks as though we may never get an opportunity to put this debate to rest once and for all.
You can listen to to Dana White’s entire interview below: