It appears that UFC president Dana White’s comments over the weekend about “recent” talks he’s had with M-1 Global regarding Fedor Emelianenko’s services may have been of the fictitious variety. Recently, two M-1 bigwigs vehemently denied having any communication with the world’ biggest MMA organization.
“I called everybody in the company before I made this statement,” M-1 global executive Jerry Millen told MMAJunkie.com. “I called (M-1 Global president) Vadim Finkelchtein and talked to him, and he said, ‘Absolutely not. There’s no correspondence with the UFC at all.’
“I think Dana, in a fantasy dream he had, he signed Fedor. That’s probably the ‘more recent than you think.’ He’s dreaming. He wants Fedor. His heavyweight division is a mess.”
Finkelchtein released a statement on M-1 Global’s official website last night echoing Millen’s comments.
When asked why he thought White, who sits comfortably atop the mixed martial arts world, would need to conjure up lies in order to mess with a company that isn’t quite in his league, Millen suggested White was simply being a hater because of Strikeforce/M-1’s partnerships with media outlets White has been unable to close.
“When I saw this coming down, I was like, ‘OK, what’s going on here? Is this Dana trying to affect our relationship with CBS and Showtime and Strikeforce?’” Millen asked. “We have a great relationship. We’re very happy with our partners, and we see a great future with them. But this is a way to undermine somebody.
“If you think somebody isn’t fully committed, would you be fully committed? What you do is create doubt, and that’s what they’re trying to do – create doubt that M-1 is not fully committed. But we are fully committed to Showtime and Strikeforce. It’s a great partnership.”