He Tweeted about it before, and today the UFC made it official, as president Dana White will be holding a major conference call in Las Vegas, Nevada this Friday in order to “break” the latest Octagon news. Could it possibly have anything to do with Fedor Emelianenko, who just happens to currently be four hours away in Los Angeles?
Outside of stating that White would “break all the latest news and developments in UFC” at the 11AM PT/2PM ET pow-pow, no topics of discussion were listed.
Speaking of media gatherings, the WAMMA heavyweight champ is calling one of his own tomorrow in Anaheim, California. This will be the first time that Emelianenko has addressed the media since Affliction Entertainment canceled their “Trilogy” event and closed up shop.
Although we can state with absolute certainty that 90 percent of the questions he’ll be fielding will be in regards to the UFC, it should make for an interesting press conference nonetheless.
The primary sticking point to bringing the Russian to the Octagon has always been the UFC’s unwillingness to co-promote any MMA show, and Fedor & Co.’s insistence on it.
White has promised to deliver groundbreaking news in the past and has left us wanting more, so who knows what to make of this call. However, don’t expect for him to announce Fedor’s signing tomorrow. Realistically, he’ll tell us the same things that he’s been saying for years in regards to the Russian.
Those obstacles will never go away, so there needs to be give and take in order for this to happen. Otherwise, the soon-to-be 33-year-old Emelianenko will ride off into the sunset having never proven, without any doubt, that he was the baddest man to ever put on a pair of MMA gloves and butt-hugging shorts.