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Fedor Emelianenko (pictured) quietly retired from fighting 16 months ago, but the most decorated heavyweight champion in MMA history came storming back into the spotlight last week when he blamed UFC president Dana White for never competing inside the Octagon. Emelianenko claimed White was loud, insulting and didn’t like him (probably all true) and that’s why they were never able to close a deal. The boisterous White returned fire Thursday and clarified what went down when the UFC tried to sign the free agent. “We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company,” White boasted. “You don’t think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I f****** wanted to make that fight so bad. “Brock wanted that fight. Brock wanted that fight bad. I wanted that fight bad. It sucks.” According to White, he and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta met with Team Fedor and offered an “insane” contract that made no sense, but they did it anyway. However, they were laughed at by Emelianenko’s representatives when the papers were slid across the table. “Dude, when I tell you that we did everything – someday I’ll tell you the story of how much we offered that f*****, too,” White stated. “People will f****** s***. [The deal] made no sense [for us]. “Literally, when we got on the plane to fly back, we were like, ‘Thank f****** God they turned that offer down.’” White added that Fertitta negotiated with Team Fedor on two separate occasions without him. Still, Fertitta wasn’t able to seal the deal because the Russians were allegedly making outrageous demands. “We had to build a f****** stadium in Russia, and we had to do all this stupid s***, stuff that no normal f****** human being would do,” White said. “And now they lay in bed every night and regret not doing that deal. “I explained this to Fedor. We’re catching a moment in time, right here, right now, where this fight between you and Brock Lesnar will be f****** massive. We’re talking Dallas, Texas Stadium. This huge fight between these two big heavyweight guys. We’re laying this massive f****** offer on the table.’ I said, ‘You’re one punch away from being worth f****** zero.’” Lo and behold, Emelianenko gets submitted by Fabricio Werdum, mauled by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and put to sleep by Dan Henderson in successive matches. Although he rallied to rattle off three straight wins before calling it quits, that three-fight span marked the end of “The Last Emperor” era. “Maybe he was [the best heavyweight in the world],” White acknowledged. “Maybe he was when he was fighting in Pride. Maybe he was. I don’t know, because we never got to make some of the fights we wanted to make. “Who knows? Maybe Fedor knocks out Brock, because we saw Brock against guys that hit hard. And that’s probably what [Fedor and manager Vadim Finkelstein] look at now, like, ‘Goddamn. [We should have taken the UFC's offer].’” Emelianenko made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s. At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws. He hung up his gloves with a 35-4 (1 NC) professional record.
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Check out the latest media scrum with UFC President Dana White as he speaks before this weekend’s UFC 166 event in the video below.
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If you believe Fedor’s side of the story, White was being rude and disrespectful, so they were never able to complete a deal.
White has a colorful response to that courtesy of 5th Round.
“We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company,” White boasted. “You don’t think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I f****** wanted to make that fight so...
UFC President Dana White spoke with members of the media during Media Day to discuss a variety of interesting topics including Diego Sanchez’s improvements, Palhares’ actions at UFC Fight Night 29 and whether he will return to the UFC, the potential Nick Diaz vs. Michael Bisping and much more.
Watch the entire media scrum below:
UFC President Dana White joined FOX Sports Live to discuss the season 18 of The Ultimate Fighter, Ronda Rousey’s attitude as well as her budding movie career. White mentioned that Rousey is finishing up filming The Expendables 3 and is directly heading to film Fast and Furious 7 prior to fully starting her training camp. He also called Palhares’ actions at UFC Fight Night 29...
It’s no secret heavyweight Roy Nelson (pictured) and UFC president Dana White aren’t BFFs. White has trashed Nelson for his weight, entrance music, “disgusting beard,” lack of intelligence, etc. On Thursday, White really railed on Nelson for how he handled himself before signing his UFC contract extension. After putting Cheick Kongo to sleep in April for his third consecutive...
UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey's life is about to change forever and it has nothing to do with her fight career.
The reigning 135-pound UFC title holder just wrapped up filming for her role in The Expendables 3 in Bulgaria and will now head to Atlanta to immediately pick up another acting role in the new Fast and Furious 7 movie already in production.
Kurt Angle spoke with The Big J Show earlier this morning if he'd rather do a UFC appearance or a WWE return.
"I am happy where I am. I dabbled with UFC, talked to Dana White a couple different times. Came up with contracts but couldn't agree on a starting date. Now it's too late for me, I'm 44, I'm turning 45 in December, I would have loved to have done...
UFC President Dana White spoke with Ariel Helwani after the UFC 166 fight card and discussed the extraordinary card and the amazing fights that took place on it including the epic trilogy fight between heavyweight Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos as well as the ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate between Giber Melendez and Diego Sanchez.
Watch the interview below:
- Kurt Angle recently spoke with The Big J Show on if he would rather do a UFC appearance or make a WWE return.“I am happy where I am. I dabbled with UFC, talked to Dana White a couple different times. Came up with contracts but couldn’t agree on a starting date. Now it’s too late for me, I’m 44, I’m turning 45 in December, I would have loved to have done it. It just wasn’t...
Kurt Angle spoke with The Big J Show earlier this morning if he’d rather do a UFC appearance or a WWE return.
“I am happy where I am. I dabbled with UFC, talked to Dana White a couple different times. Came up with contracts but couldn’t agree on a starting date. Now it’s too late for me, I’m 44, I’m turning 45 in December, I would have loved to have done it. It just wasn’t...
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According to every impartial fan inside Toyota Center in Houston and watching at home on pay-per-view, UFC president Dana White, and most importantly, the three judges sitting Octagon-side who were paid to score Saturday’s bout, Daniel Cormier took it to Roy Nelson (pictured) at UFC 166.
However, Nelson didn’t happen to see it that way.
“He didn’t engage me really,” Nelson...