After all the kind things UFC president Dana White has said about Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko over the years, it was only a matter of time before the Russian fired back with some sort of response.
“I’m not a UFC fan, so I would invite all the fans to watch our fight because we are not in the UFC,” Fedor told the media of comparing Octagon scraps with what Strikeforce brings to the table.
Although Fedor did clarify his comments, he didn’t back track on his opinion of the world’s largest MMA promotion.
“I’m not a fan of watching their fights,” Emelianenko reiterated. “Compared to a lot of commercials and the promotion and the anticipation of their fights – compared to a lot of the shows I’ve seen – there seems to be a lot of negativity in them.
“So, I’m just not a fan of watching their programs. How the fights are presented and the actions and behavior of some of the fighters of the UFC. It takes away from the sport.”
While Fedor is arguably one of the top three pound-for-pound fighters in the world, depending upon who you ask of course, it’s undeniable that he’s one of the sport’s most respectful athletes as well.
The good news for fans is that “The Last Emperor” doesn’t plan on calling it quits anytime soon.
“Until I feel that I am not effective or not getting out of the sport what I want, then I will make the decision to stop,” Fedor stated.
Fedor will be fighting former Pride and UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum next Saturday at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” in San Jose, California.