For years, nearly every hardcore UFC fan prayed for the day when Fedor Emelianeko would step into the Octagon, but alas, it never came. Of course, there was rampant talk and speculation a few years back that it might happen, but “The Russian Emperor” finished out his career fighting for Strikeforce and M-1 Global.
Recently, Fedor did an interview with WHOA! TV and made some interesting comments when asked about the UFC, and more specifically, why he never fought for the world’s biggest promotion. The 37 year-old star stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com)
“In my opinion, everything was in Dana White’s hands,’ says Emelianenko. “Because at that moment, I just felt like ‘this guy, he just hates us.’ Like, personally to [me]. There were insults coming from Dana White all the time. There were many very loud things said, but for real nothing happened. It was [all talk].”
White certainly wasn’t shy about the fact that he believed Fedor was overrated near the end of his career, but did he hate the PRIDE legend? In a follow up report from MMA Fighting.com, White had this to say about Emelianenko’s assertion:
“Me and Lorenzo (Fertitta) were f–king laughing about that,” White said on Thursday. “Yeah so I hated him. Who did I hate worse than Tito (Ortiz)? The guy lost f–king 100 fights in a row and retired in the UFC.
“We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company. You don’t think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I f–king wanted to make that fight so bad.”
The UFC boss man went on to say, as he has in the past, that the promotion offered Fedor and his camp a massive deal, so big in fact, it didn’t even “make sense.”
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