Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko is hotly debated as being the best pound-for-pound Mixed Martial Arts fighter on Earth. Many have questioned the legitimacy of this claim due to the fact that he and his notoriously difficult management team, M-1 Global, have been unable, and at times unwilling, to strike a deal with the world’s biggest MMA promotion, the UFC.
UFC President Dana White has been one of Fedor’s loudest critics and rebukes all claims that Emelianenko is the best with the fact that he has yet to test himself against the elite heavyweights currently residing in the UFC. During a conference call earlier today in promotion of his upcoming Strikeforce bout with Fabricio Werdum, Emelianenko dished his own criticisms out with the UFC in the crosshairs.
“I’m not a fan of watching their fights,” said “The Last Emperor.” “Compared to a lot of the commercials and promotion in anticipation of their fights, and compared to a lot of the shows I’ve seen, there seems to be a lot of negativity involved in their shows,” he said.
He added that “in some ways the actions and the behavior of a lot of fighters from the UFC… takes away from the sport.”
In case his point was not made clear enough, Fedor reiterated his feelings to those listening in on the conference call.
“I’m not a UFC fan,” he said. “I would invite all the fans to watch our fight, which I believe is more important.”
Emelianenko will square off against Werdum on June 26 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, on a card named after their bout: Strikeforce/ M-1 Global: Fedor Vs. Werdum. Tune in and judge for yourself the importance of the bout; the winner is likely to face off against Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.