It looks like the MMA world prematurely jumped the gun as The Los Angeles Times is now backtracking on their original story that Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC would be the major announcement president Dana White was set to make at Friday’s press conference. According a source close to Fedor, talks between the two sides have “intensified,” however there isn’t much chance anything will be signed within the next few days.
Both parties are discussing a possible agreement, but as the source told the Times, it will probably take “more than 48 hours” to ink a fighter as talented and managerially complex as Emelianenko.
If White isn’t going to introduce Fedor, then the only major announcement will be the UFC’s agreement with ESPN’s upcoming U.K. channel. The world’s biggest MMA organization will begin broadcasting events, starting with UFC 101 on August 8th, to make sure their growing Brit fan base get all the Octagon coverage they deserve.
The report also goes on to say that Emelianenko could leave the United States by the end of the day, which could be bad news for the UFC if they can’t get a deal, at least agreed upon in principle, within the next few hours.