UFC President Dana White spoke about the possibility of Fedor Emelianenko signing with the UFC for the first time since the cancellation of Affliction: Trilogy. White has once again stated that he wants to sign the Russian heavyweight, and would like to see him face current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
“My job is to put on the best fighters and to give you, the fans, the fights you want to see,” White noted on ESPN Radio 1100. “I’ve been trying to get Fedor in the UFC. I want it because you want it. Believe me, I’m trying to make it happen.”
Dana stood by the comments he made last week, where he said that he didn’t think that Fedor was the top heavyweight in the world. He took it a step further, doubting that he was in the top 5 pound-for-pound fighters in the world.
“It drives me crazy that people put him in the pound-for-pound,” he said. “I don’t see him as one of the best pound-for-pound. … I wouldn’t put him in the Top 5.”
He did admit that if he were to sign Fedor, then his first bout would be for the title against heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.
“He’ll fight for the title first,” he noted. “What does he need, a tune-up fight or something? … To argue where this guy sits in the heavyweight division, we can argue that all day.”
Despite saying that he didn’t believe that Fedor was the best heavyweight in the world, he couldn’t predict how a Lesnar – Fedor fight would go.
“I don’t know,” he said of the potential bout. “Fedor has a ton of experience. The guy’s been around forever. But you can’t take anything away from Brock Lesnar.
It’s an interesting fight,” he continued. “It’s a very good fight.”
White also said that he would give Randy Couture the chance to fight Fedor – provided that Couture could find a way to get Fedor to sign with the organization.
“Fedor’s got to come to a deal first,” he stated. “If Randy can go out there and cut that deal with Fedor, then Randy, get to work, buddy.”