by Jeff Cain – MMAWeekly.com
Before losing to Fabricio Werdum on June 26 in Strikeforce, Fedor Emelianenko was one of the most sought after fighters in mixed martial arts history, but when the winning streak ended with his first loss in a decade, so did the Russian’s negotiating power with the UFC.
“I’m not interested,” UFC president Dana White told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday.
“How many times have you seen us sign a guy when he just loses in another promotion? The guy just lost in Strikeforce, let’s sign him,” White added with a laugh.
Despite offering Emelianenko a lucrative deal before, White has never been sold on the former Pride titleholder’s top status in the heavyweight division.
“To be honest with you, without joking around, no (expletive). I honestly and truly have not believed that Fedor is this great heavyweight that everybody thinks he is. Yes, back in the day in 2005 and before that he was beating some great guys who were in their prime and was nasty. But to prove you’re the best in the world you have to fight the best consistently. You have to consistently fight the best,” said White.
“It would be like calling the Lakers the world champions that are playing some college team. You know what I mean? It’s not the same. I can’t believe… I know that everybody can see the sense in that, but people just love to, because he’s not here (in the UFC) they want to say, oh this guy could do this and that. It’s all mythology and (expletive).
“There’s only one way to find out who can beat who and that’s fight. And these guys aren’t willing to do it. So you don’t get the honor of being called the best fighter in the world when you won’t fight the best guys in the world,” added the UFC president.
White has not talked to Emelianenko’s handlers or M-1 Global following the loss to Werdum, and it didn’t sound like he has any intention to.
“I’m done playing the games,” stated White. “If we could have come to a deal with Fedor, yeah, we could have put on a big promotion and found out.
“It would have been a lot better if he had came over here and lost to Shane Carwin, Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, than losing to Werdum.
“The media guys keep playing the whole Fedor thing. ‘Yeah, but it’s Fedor.’ I don’t care who it is. He’ a (expletive) man who hasn’t proved himself in five years in my opinion.”