Dana White: Fedor Emelianenko Probably Paid “Ridiculous” Money to Stay with Strikeforce

Written by Tom Ngo
May 6th, 2010

Although UFC president Dana White did everything possible to tamper with Fedor Emelianenko’s relationship with Strikeforce, the heavyweight ultimately came to terms with the smaller promotion this week.

“It doesn’t surprise me, these guys have nothing else,” White told MMAFanhouse of his rival’s dire state. “I don’t know how many times I need to say, ‘Showtime sucks.'”

White has had a longstanding feud with Showtime execs and takes every opportunity to dog the network. Following Thursday’s UFC 113 post-fight presser, the brash promoter was once again on top of his game.

“If they were to have lose Fedor, I mean they’ve screwed up every other possible thing,” White said. “Everything they’ve done, they’ve blown. So to not get Fedor [back] would have been huge.”

Team Emelianenko and Strikeforce have been at odds for the past several months “tweaking” the original three-fight deal they had agreed upon less than a year ago. While the Russians claimed the renegotiation was not about the money, you can most certainly bet that it was – at least that’s what White is preaching.

“I’m sure they offered Fedor a ridiculous amount of money to stick around,” White expressed. “These guys are throwing a lot of money around. They’re the typical guys that come around and compete … do dumb stuff and aren’t going to last long.”

As far as what his counterparts are doing for the sport of mixed martial arts, White believes they are riding the UFC’s lengthy coattails. Especially when you take into account the brawl that went down at “Strikeforce: Nashville” on CBS just last month.

“These guys aren’t helping out.  You think they’re helping out with [getting MMA sanctioned in] Ontario? You think they’re helping with New York? They don’t give a [expletive] about that,” stated White. “They’re gonna let us forge the way and they’re gonna try to build a business off of what we do, but they can’t even do that right.”

Please click the media player to watch White’s interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFanhouse:

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