Dana White: “How is This Possible That I Can’t Sign This Guy?”

Written by Tom Ngo
June 23rd, 2010

M1 Global Strikeforce Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem isn’t the only one that’s accusing Team Fedor Emelianenko of ducking the world’s elite. UFC president Dana White was at it once again, this time sharing his frustrations of not being able to deliver on his promise.

“I’ve signed Brock Lesnar, who came from the WWE, James Toney from boxing – he’s a nut chasing me all over the place – Tito Ortiz, whom I hated, and he hated me. I signed him twice when we hated each other. I’ve kept Chuck Liddell, kept Matt Hughes, kept Rich Franklin, when they were all champions. Anderson Silva, I’ve dealt with all the crazy [expletive] with him,” White told MMAJunkie.com of his ability to deal with everything from the ordinary to outrageous.

“But I can’t sign Fedor? How is this possible that I can’t sign this guy? It’s not possible. These guys don’t want to fight the best in the world.”

Fedor owns an impressive 31-1 record and is riding a 27-fight winning streak, an unprecedented run spanning nearly 10 years. Despite his nearly immaculate resume, White contends the Russian can never claim to be the best pound-for-pound fighter, let alone the planet’s top heavyweight, because Fedor continues to face the who’s-who-is-this of MMA.

“Guys who deserve to be called the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world are the guys who are fighting the best in the world three times a year,” White matter-of-factly stated. “So when you talk about the rankings and all this [expletive], you’re going to put Strikeforce in the same [expletive] sentence as the UFC?

“We’re global. We’re all over the world. These guys can’t sell tickets in their own hometown. They’re dying. They just had a heavyweight championship fight with a guy who got knocked the [expletive] out in his previous fight. It’s insane.”

Emelianenko meets Fabricio Werdum this Saturday inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. There will be only one fight remaining on his Strikeforce deal following the contest, after which he will once again become MMA’s most coveted – yet elusive – free agent.

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