The long drawn out saga of Fedor Emelianenko came to a close for UFC President Dana White quite some time ago, but every now and again the former Pride champion’s name still comes up.
There are a myriad of articles explaining how the UFC offered Emelianenko a pile of money to come fight for them a few years ago, how he and his management team at M-1 Global opted to not accept the deal, and how the Russian legend’s career changed dramatically after three consecutive losses.
More recently however, Emelianenko seems to have warmed to the idea of fighting for the UFC because he still wants to face the best competitors in the world, and right now they are all under contract to Zuffa.
“Of course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen,” said Emelianenko recently in an interview with SportBox. “But at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”
Well if Emelianenko is open to the option, the UFC is not interested in him.
“Not even a little bit,” UFC President Dana White said when asked if they were looking into bringing Fedor in at this stage of the game. “That was a guy who was made an incredible offer, and they laughed at it. He ain’t laughing now.”
After Emelianenko’s three straight defeats, he has since reeled off two straight victories over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii.
Currently, Emelianenko has no other fight scheduled on his docket, but there’s one thing for sure.
He won’t be coming to the UFC any time soon.