WAMMA heavyweight champion and former Pride heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko mentions how he has never been a fan of the North American organization, the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). He admits that his only MMA career goal is to fight for his country and heritage, which has nothing to do with him signing or not signing with the UFC. In the end, the fact that the UFC won’t accept co-promoting with M-1 Global will most likely prevent Fedor from ever signing.
From Fedor Emelianenko:
“Fighting for my country and my heritage is what motivates me. Nothing else … I’m not a UFC fan, so I believe our fight is more important (than Lesnar vs. Carwin). I’m not a fan of watching UFC fights. There is always a lot of negativity coming out of their fights. I don’t want to look too far ahead, I’m just focusing on Werdum. We have two fights left with Stirkeforce, and assuming everything goes well, I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t continue the relationship. But I am considering retirement more and more often now. I’d like to finish out my contract without any losses and then just see what God has planned for me…UFC is a money making machine. The most important thing for this organization is a brand and it’s marketing. They have a couple of good fighters and there are also some very good champions; but they are trying to keep everyone at the same level. The most important thing for them is the promotion, not the fighters. I think that they lack a respect for their fighters. As for me, I became a thorn in their side… We are constantly negotiating, but only during recent time the Americans began to show some respect. The dialogue between us is completely different right now. They are more interested in our opinion.”