The Los Angeles Times had reported that UFC president Dana White would be accouncing the signing of Fedor Emelianenko at a press conference on Friday, but a source close to the situation has told Josh Gross of SI.com that a deal isn’t even close to being signed.
“I can give you a guarantee it’s not accurate,” Apy Echteld of M-1 Global told SI regarding the Times’ report.
From what is being reported, it appears the UFC and Fedor’s camp are in Los Angeles trying to iron out a deal that would bring the world’s greatest all-time heavyweight fighter to the world’s largest MMA promotion.
Emelianenko immediately became available following last week’s Affliction Entertainment announcement that they would no longer promote MMA shows to once again become a major apparel sponsor for the UFC and its fighters.
Echteld said that Emelianenko’s Wednesday press conference would shed some more light on the future of the reigning WAMMA heavyweight champion.
White, meanwhile, will be holding a press conference of his own on Friday to speak about the UFC’s current state and possibly announce the official signing of Fedor.