UFC President Dana White admits that he has been trying to sign the #1 heavyweight fighter in the world, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, since the UFC bought out the Japanese promotion- PrideFC. Since then, White and Fedor’s manager Vadim Finkelchtein have yet to agree on a fight deal. Fedor would like to have the priveledge of being able to participate in his Sambo tournaments and other activities. Whereas, White prohibits his fighters from any sort of combat competition that is not related to the UFC. That’s the reason why there hasn’t been any agreement on both parties, but White believes that Fedor will eventually go to the UFC as he plans to pay him good enough for him to fight in the heavyweight division.
Snip from Dana White himself:
“In regards to cross promoting, I would never do it. I would never cross promote. Regarding Fedor, he either wants to come over and fight here or he doesn’t. If he came over and wanted to fight I’d do a deal with him in a minute. You know we’ve been chasing him since we bought Pride. In my opinion, I think it’s going to happen. He’d be crazy not to. I mean, why not? He’ll come over here and make a bunch of money and maybe even win the title and go down in history as the greatest heavyweight ever. The problem is its one thing for everyone to say it, I mean I can say, “Brock is the greatest heavyweight ever” but they have got to fight. It’s the only way to find out. We can argue about it all day but in the end you just have got to get out there and fight.”