Dana White Spills the Beans
What's up with Tito Ortiz's return? What really happened in the Fedor negotiations? The UFC president has your answers and much more after the jump.
Heading into today's press conference with Dana White, the biggest question on people's minds has been: "What's been going on with Russian champion Fedor Emelianenko and will he fight in the UFC?" The answer, at least for now, seems to be definitively, "No."
Dana White made it clear that he bent on essentially every outrageous demand Fedor and his Russian legion put on the table, except the co-promotion thing, which you can't blame the UFC for. It just doesn't make sense. Dana White doesn't need Fedor -- he wants him, but he doesn't need him. So why would he let M-1 Global come in and put a bunch of money on the table (which he doesn't need) and cash in on the profits that the UFC has tirelessly worked for years to earn? He wouldn't. M-1 has one thing -- a good fighter. Okay, probably the best fighter but still, it doesn't entitle them to a co-promotional effort with the world's top mixed martial arts company.
They have done nothing to earn that right.
Despite their nonsensical reasoning, Dana's door is still open. "They can call me right now and we'll do a deal. They can call me in a month and we'll do a deal."
But considering the following, I wouldn't get your hopes up.
"We did everything to make this deal happen. Everything." White told reporters. "I guarantee he won't be offered another deal like this in mixed martial arts."
He wouldn't release any of the finer details but his tone suggested that the rumors involving ridiculous amounts of money were true and that Fedor would be allowed to do pretty much whatever the f*** he wanted to, short of putting M-1 Global's name on the marquee. So let's try to move past this and get on to some better news...
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