Fans may never get the opportunity to see Fedor Emelianenko fight against a current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, but don’t blame it on Fedor or his management.
“We are open to any offer,” Vadim Finkelchtein, Fedor’s manager said. “The issue really is with the UFC, not with us. We are ready to fight the UFC champions.”
UFC president Dana White has his own impressions and thoughts of Fedor’s camp, which has been well documented for over the past couple of years. The UFC and White are absolutely unwilling to co-promote with M-1 Global in order to land the WAMMA champion, something that Finkelchtein, M-1 Global’s owner, insists on.
White is also unwilling to allow Fedor to fight outside of the UFC, which is something that Emelianenko is adamant about being able to do.
Finkelchtein reminded everyone of what happened to UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture when he tried to play hardball against the UFC saying, “Randy Couture left the UFC in order to get the opportunity of fighting Fedor. Then the UFC sidelined him and litigation ensued. We want to negotiate and cooperate with the UFC but it seems as though they are not ready.”
Like every true champion, Fedor has always been down to fight anyone. Unfortunately for him, all of the box-office heavyweight names work inside the Octagon.
“I fought the ex-UFC champions and I have been rather successful against them,” said Fedor who holds victories over former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Tim Sylvia. The Russian also posts two W’s over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira who captured and lost the UFC crown within the last year.