After Strikeforce announced the signing of Fedor Emelianenko earlier today, the MMA community has been on hold until the UFC, or more importantly president Dana White, responded to their second failed attempt to reel in the world’s best heavyweight fighter.
“I’m in Abu Dhabi right now and my reaction is Fedor is a [expletive] joke,” White stated on the heels of this morning’s surprising announcement. “He turns down a huge deal and the opportunity to face the best in the world to fight nobodies for no money!”
Hours later, White still appeared to be pissed off regarding the matter and added more fuel to the fire after he was contacted by MMAWeekly.com.
“I feel sorry for the real fight fans,” White said. “I wanted to make the deal, but it takes two and it is VERY obvious Fedor doesn’t want to fight the best, and doesn’t give a (expletive) about the fans.”
During last week’s highly anticipated conference call, White stated the UFC offered Team Fedor everything except co-promoting MMA events, the prize that M-1 Global covets the most.
“How are they going to help us co-promote?” White said. “They’re going to help us? That [expletive] might work in Russia (but) not here. How do you deal with something like this?
“We did everything possible for this deal. We didn’t hold back. It’s crazy to turn down a deal like this. We went above and beyond. We have been able to sign the best fighters in the world over the last 10 years, so to not be able to sign this guy [wasn’t our fault].”
Regardless of the drama and red tape involved in inking Emelianenko, White was still hell-bent on obtaining the Russian’s services.
“I’m ready to make a deal,” White emphatically stated. “If they want to make a deal, they can call me right now. We want this. I want this so badly you guys don’t even know.”
Obviously they didn’t want him bad enough, as Strikeforce gladly stepped up to the plate to bring on Emelianenko. By allowing M-1 Global to co-promote with them, Strikeforce has now put themselves in a position to compete against the UFC.
No telling how legitimate of a threat they will be, however this signing definitely helps them dip into the UFC’s fan base.