“Of course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen. But at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”
-Fedor Emelianenko in a recent conversation with Sportbox.
Dana White has been waiting for this one.
It’s well-documented how steadfastly the UFC president tried to acquire the services of Fedor Emelianenko over the years and how the heavyweight great’s management team (the infamous M-1 Global) turned down any offer the UFC presented, regardless of how lucrative. It is also well-documented the ill-will White harbors toward M-1 to this day.
So, it’s no surprise that White told MMAWeekly the following after yesterday’s UFC 146 presser when asked if the promotion had any interest in signing Emelianenko now.
“Not even a little bit,” said White. “That was a guy who was made an incredible offer, and they laughed at it. He ain’t laughing now.”
After losing three straight under the Strikeforce banner, Emelianenko was cut from the promotion. He has since picked up wins over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii in smaller promotions.