Dana White: “It’s Over For Fedor”

A fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar was very close to happening, until Fedor’s management “laughed” the UFC’s offer off and all talks fell apart.

That’s according to UFC president Dana White, who says the offer made by the UFC a couple of years ago was for “big, big money”. White was asked - yet again - for news of the UFC’s position on Fedor following the weekend’s UFC 145 event in Atlanta, Georgia.

“You guys think that I hate Fedor - I really don't hate Fedor. His management - pfft, these guys made the biggest f--k up in the history of all sports. We flew down there - you’ve heard me talk about ‘the island’ and all that sh-t - and tried to make Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor. And it was for big, big money,” he said,

“They f-cking laughed at it and I told them - and he'll lie if you ask him this, but I told him and he knows I f-cking told him, not Fedor, Vadummy - I told Vadummy, I said 'You're one punch away from being worth zero. This is a huge offer’

“In the fight business and in life, things shift and things happen and build and you get an opportunity to do this mega-fight… Everything was in line for Fedor and Brock to fight. It was right there. You don't laugh at these moments. You f-cking seize it, you take it.

“He didn't take it. They thought they were too cool and too slick and too f----- funny. Like I said before, they're not laughing now. So honestly its over for him, I don’t give a shit what he is doing.”

White also touched on the issue of Fedor’s deal with M-1 Global, the management and promotion vehicle which owns the rights to his services and in which he is apparently a partner. With M-1’s presence in the international market negligible outside of Fedor, White questions the company’s value.

“I don’t know how that whole deal works. They say Fedor is a partner - in what, M-1? What the hell is that doing, burning money? He is a partner in your burning-money business? That’s awesome. You’re a great manager Vadummy,” he scoffed.

Fedor was the Pride FC heavyweight champion at the point the promotion folded and he was target number one for the UFC after parent company Zuffa bout the Japanese show out. But a constant merry-go-round of failed negotiations and excessive demands from the Russian side led to bad feeling and no deal.

Having fought for the fledgling Affliction MMA show twice, Fedor remained hot property. He had scored stoppage wins over former UFC champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski. But then he moved to Strikeforce and shocked fans around the world by losing three fights in a row.

He snapped that losing streak with wins over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii recently but those names are not the kind of calibre that will return him to his spot at the top of the rankings. And neither will his next opponent - another UFC veteran, Pedro Rizzo, who has not fought for two years. That fight takes place June in Russia.

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