For quite some time, the UFC and WAMMA champ Fedor Emelianenko have tried to join forces. Negotiations got so ridiculous that Fedor’s team “allegedly” petitioned the organization to co-fund a new stadium in the heavyweight’s homeland of Russia. Well, it looks like the UFC has moved a step closer to signing Emelianenko as they are set to break ground on that arena.
This is what the organization posted on UFC.com on April 1st:
UFC President Dana White today greenlighted work to begin on the construction of a new Zuffa-owned stadium in Russia that will be able to hold a number of different sporting events, including soccer, boxing, and of course, mixed martial arts.
“This is a big moment for the company and I couldn’t have picked a better day to announce this monumental event,” said White. “I can’t wait for this Stadium to be finished, and we’re even including the fans in the process by holding a contest on the internet for people to choose the name of it.”
Construction is tentatively scheduled to be done in time for UFC 115 on April 1st, 2010.
“A Project like this Reaches millions In the Largest group of Fans in the sport,” said White. “Out Of all the places in the world to put up a stadium, this was the only place for us, and we’re gonna Love Seeing the UFC here.”
Oh wait, does that spell APRIL FOOLS in capital letters?
Indeed it does. The UFC and Co. wanted to send all of their fans an April Fool’s Day greeting, while taking yet another jab at Emeliaenko in the process.
It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt, and if they keep poking at Fedor, they might be the ones left with bad feelings when his contract with Affliction Entertainment expires after his next fight, and he opts to go elsewhere…again.