Dana White Responds To Fedor Signing With Strikeforce



UFC President Dana White responds to the news of Fedor Emelianenko signing with Strikeforce,

“I’m in Abu Dhabi right now and my reaction is Fedor is a [expletive] joke,” White told Cagewriter saying he was unavailable for Monday interview on ESPNRadio1100 at 2:40 p.m. ET. “[He] turns down a huge deal and the opportunity to face the best in the world to fight nobodies, for no money. Fedor is a [expletive] ….I feel sorry for the real fans! 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.” [CageWriter]

Not a surprising reaction from Dana White. Fedor obliviously has beef with the UFC or its was just all or nothing in regards to the M-1 co-promotion request. Whatever it was, I really wanted to see Fedor vs Lesnar…


  1. zack

    August 3, 2009 at 8:37 am

    Dana said it perfectly. Fedor is a [expletive] and doesn't give a [expletive] about the fans or fighting the best fighters in MMA…Fedor sucks…

  2. Bruce Leroy

    August 3, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I am not going to trash Fedor or any fighter, but i just dont get it. Someone please explain this to me, why in the world did he turn down Dana's deal. I dont care for Dana personally, but you have to give him credit for what he has done for the sport.

    With Barnett testing positive for steroids.

    It makes me wonder why are some of these fighters dodging the UFC? Could it be that they are taking performance enhancing drugs that they dont test in other countries i dont know. It makes you wonder.

    Even if Fedor was taking steroids, (which i am not saying he is) steroids will help someone, but it is not a magic pill like everyone thinks it is.

    Just like a bodybuilder he can take all the steroids and GH all he wants, but if he doesnt train he wont grow.

  3. Bruce Leroy

    August 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Please someone give me an intelligent answer to my question, i just dont get it

  4. zack

    August 3, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Bruce, I believe it's to protect his legacy. I really can't think of another strong reason. But with him not signing with the UFC, I think it will ulimately damage his legacy…

  5. Timmie

    August 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    My two cents:

    Fight lesser opponents, keep an undefeated record, and retire with only one loss.

    Perhaps Fedor is ducking the best fighters, because he fears them?

  6. other derek

    August 3, 2009 at 8:53 am

    its always something with this fedor character….he'll never be in the ufc……i wouldn't even attempt to ever get him in the ufc ever again fuck m-1 and fuck fedor!!!! so sick of all the bullshit because i was really excited hoping for a deal in the ufc now fuck it for life!!!!!

  7. zack

    August 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Agreed, other derek…

    Timmie, I dont think Fedor is afraid to fight the best in the UFC. I think he's afraid to lose to one of them…

  8. other derek

    August 3, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I am so disappointed with Fedor! He is ducking the real competition so he can fight some low grade fighters and keep his record intact, lame! It reminds me of all the times I was sucking my boyfriends cock and he would cum on my face instead of shooting it on my neck, I mean come on! (no pun intended) Get some balls Fedor!

  9. N/A

    August 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

    WTF ?????

  10. Pea...tear....Griffi

    August 3, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Ha, ha…I hope your a really hot chick with big jugs, other derek…Yeahh, yeahhh…

  11. donio

    August 3, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Dana stop bitching because sombody dident want to b youre pupet:S.

    Because if he did made a contract whit dana he would b like yeah he the best blablabla wtf is this so if youre not in the UFC there's no way that yu can b the best?

    Pffffff getting tired uf this hole fedor crap dana just come up whit good fights whit the fighters yu have now let fedor B

  12. Timmie

    August 3, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Well said Donio !!

    I agree, so what if Fedor is a cowardly chicken. He is NOT one of Dana's fighters so its OK to be a coward and hide in Strikeforce. I guess thats more important…in France.

  13. David

    August 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

    I have said this about Fedor when Pride was sold to UFC the first time. He went on and fought MW and an unknown MMA fighter until he got into affliction. The only good news is that he has 3 fights left on his M-1 contract and and he signed a 3 fight deal with strikeforce. Now if he renews his contract with M-1, there's nothing Fedor nuthuggers can say to defend his credibility. Like Joe said, I think Machida would be able to take out Fedor. Machida owns him in the standup but Fedor isn't known for his takedowns, which is where Fedor would wanna be. He could submit Machida but he would have to take him down first. Machida also trains with an Olympic gold medalist Judo practitioner

  14. Bruce Leroy

    August 3, 2009 at 9:34 am

    This is going to make Fedor look bad. I dont think he will ever go to the UFC. Until he goes to the UFC and annilates all the competition in the heavyweight division the nay sayers will not go away.

    I have been wanting him to go to the UFC for years and i am just tired of waiting.

  15. Joey

    August 3, 2009 at 10:13 am

    In his recent interviews it doesn't seem like Fedor really cares about legacy or fighting the best. He's gone business. At this point he could have made the deal done if he was really wanting to mix it up with Couture or Lesnar. But he doesn't care. After seeing Cro Cop struggle he probably had his doubts.

    I think at Lesnars size there would have been a good chance Fedor would have lost anyway. More than a good chance, I'd say 50-50. I wouldnt bet that fight.

  16. Chip

    August 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I hope this is a slap in the face for all these die hard Fedor fans who have defended him for so long!!!

  17. Little Chubby

    August 3, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Fedor is a sellout…He never did care abouts fans or fighting the best out there…Go fight some more chumps Fedor, you sellout bitch…

  18. Ryan S

    August 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I don't know that this classifies him as a sellout, but this is really shitty. Any fighter that is actually fighting because he likes the sport would suck it up and be Dana's "pet" to face the best and solidify his legacy. This is just wierd. I'm starting to lose faith in Fedor.

  19. derek

    August 3, 2009 at 11:02 am

    fedor won't be dana's pet. but i ain't gonna lit. shittt, if i get paid $5 million a fight, i would wear whatever ufc wants me to wear. the alleged deal would allow fedor to have m-1 logos plastered all over his body.. even over his nut cup. fedor could have even flew to sambo tourneys every thursday if he wanted… under the ufc contract. so believe me, fedor would have his own life. ufc just can't co-promote this with m-1. ufc is its own company. it's like the canadian football league having the best player in the world, but wanted to promote with the NFL in order to have that player play in the america. ridiculous bullshit! fedor is no longer top P4P in my eyes. people need to get off his nuts.

  20. other derek

    August 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

    wow i got my first attack from anonymous douche thats always posting under other peoples names

  21. Businessman

    August 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I would have loved to have seen him in the UFC but I respect him for making his own decisions. He has nothing to prove to anyone. Dana is pissed because the Strikforce/M1 partnership may give the UFC a run for their money. This partnership has HDNet and Showtime behind them. Now that they have signed better fighters, they could also start putting together PPV cards. I am disappointed to not see Fedor in the UFC but with Affliction, Elite XC, and the IFL going under within the past 2 years, I am relieved that the UFC is not the only game in town.

    Also, the only UFC HWs that I think would have a shot at beating him are Brock, Cain, and Carwin. He would destroy Mir, Noguiera, Kongo, and everyone else…so why does everyone think that the UFC HWs are so deep? Other than Brock, Alistair is the fighter that I would love to see fight Fedor. He has improved so much and is a beast. Fedor versus Brett would also be pretty interesting. Fedor also has connections to organizations in Asia and Europe.

    As far as the roids being the reason he did not sign with the UFC, Strikeforce is sanctioned and will have to have their fighters tested just like the UFC.

    Overall I am disappointed but I don't want the UFC to be the only big promotion. Don't fall for their bullshit. They only want Fedor because that would match or beat the 1.5 or so million PPV viewers that ordered UFC 100. They are all about the business to. Case in point, a few years ago when they first went oversees, those events were for free on Spike. When was the last non-Fight Night event that was for free? This month they are having 2 events…couldn't they reward the fans the huge UFC 100 turnout by making one of these for free? The reality is that not everyone has a price and Fedor just jammed his foot right up Dana's ass and I love it!

  22. Mike

    August 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

    ah Businessman…. finally someone who understands why i am HAPPY UFC isn't the only org around.

    Props to you for a good post and not nuthugging on either side!

    Dana is always all about the money, the "5 million a fight" is bullshit, anyone clever enough to look at the last UFC event and money paid out should figure that out.

  23. Lexington

    August 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm


    Are you kidding me ? You're -happy- UFC isn't the only game in town ?

    I suppose you'd think it'd be a good idea if the NFL, NBA, & NHL had competitors right ?

  24. Mike

    August 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    NHL, NBA & NHL is different…. its a whole other sport….

    stop being dumb.

    these sports have TEAMS whereas the best can compete to get into them, but the young up and comers are stuck therefore may never get into the sport.

    Dana has 300 fighters on his Rota…. do you really believe that there are only 300 good fighters in the world? (at least 250 of them would get beat from competition outside the UFC)

    this sport is a MASSIVE business…. imagine this sport as boxing, but the boxer getting paid less than 25% what he does, that is MMA.

    the sport needs some kind of Champions league. (for it to be a sport)

  25. Businessman

    August 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Lexington, that is not a good comparison because all of the major leagues are TEAM sports. Monopolies in most businesses are not good for the customers. Would you want only one channel on TV, one type of music, one clothing store, one car company, etc? Once an organization controls the industry, they call shots, can charge what they want, put on events when they want, etc. I want to see some competition. Again, don't get me wrong, I would love to see fedor vs lesnar but business is business. All you guys are like sheep…just because Dana speaks, you all listen. For everyone of you that said that fedor fans should stop huggin Fedor's nuts, you guys should stop licking Dana's ass. Dana has talked shit about every organization out there that has competed against him. He needs to get over his Napolionic complex and just do his thing for the UFC. Lexington, why would you want them to be only game in town? Dana does not care about his fighters or his fans, so don't believe his mind game bullshit about Fedor screwing over his fans. Dana wants to be the only game in town because he is greedy. The only thing he cares about is about selling 10000 tickets to each event and 1 million PPV orders from the rest of us…not to mention the purchase of UFC merchandise. So don't kid yourself.

    I am a UFC fan and I order pretty much every event on PPV so dont get me wrong. I am not anit-UFC but what I am is pro-MMA. Whatever it takes to continue growing the sport is what I am for…and having one player, specially with a dickhead for a President, that is not good for MMA.

  26. Timmie

    August 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Yeah, there are other leauges, with inferior fighters. Rogers won one decent fight and now he's being lumped in with the best, what a joke! Arlovski…there's a reason the UFC will not take him or Tim Sylvia back, they are past their prime and falling fast. Meanwhile there are a whole house of new HW's coming into UC not to mention Big Ben and Cro Cop. MMA Fans want to see the best match ups, but Fedor has no interest in this. Too ad for the hard core fans. You know what? The UFC HW Division will become the one to watch and StrikeForce and some other Minor Leauges will set up Fedor Vs. Nobodies.

    The fans will watch and pay for the good match ups. I know I will.

  27. Kash

    August 3, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    Strikeforce is really fun to watch. Their showtime MMA event are really good even if you don't recognize the names. That said, who is there for Fedor to fight in the HW division. Strikeforce isn't known for having a good HW division.

  28. Tong Po

    August 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I have lost respect in the Last Emporer. I am speechless. I am a Fedor fan and i have to say i am at a loss for words.

    I have a question maybe one of you guys could answer it. I dont get this. There has to be more to the story that meets the eye. Chuck Liddell was in the UFC and Dana white went with him to fight rampage over in pride why cant Fedor come over and just fight one fight with Fedor in the UFC. Or why cant Lesner go to Strikeforce and fight one fight like Liddell did with Rampage. If i am missing something someone tell me.

  29. tom

    August 4, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Because fador is a pussy bitch…Fador want to to keep fighting level c and b fighters because he cant handle the A class fighters..

  30. Mike

    August 4, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Tong po

    the reason for this is now the fact that the UFC have become greedy, you are right tho, Chuck did go to Pride to allow Chuck and Several other to Pride and co-promo with them.

    (FYI Pride Co-Promo'd with M-1)


    Sylvia was dropped from contract because no one wants to watch him fight not because he is a bad fighter (Randy couldn't finish him so he mustn't be)

    Andrei was knocked out twice by 2 GOOD heavyweights, yet he mauled and dominated Ben Rothwell….. who is NOW in the UFC less than a year after being mauled by AA.

    Dana is a good Businessman he knows who sells fights…. and who doesn't, if someone isn't with the UFC he'll trash the hell out of them, but if they are… the sun shines out of there arse like diamonds in the light.


    shut up and go watch more Dana White videos.

  31. Lexington

    August 4, 2009 at 3:05 am

    I still think it's better for the fans if the UFC is the only game in town. Sure the NBA, NHL, NFL are team sports, but what about the PGA ? Pretty individualistic if you ask me & it works great. There should be some logical way to structure MMA to have the best vs. the best.

    Like Mike said, I agree in that the sport needs some type of champions league. There needs to be a place where the amateurs can compete at a consistent level & have an opportunity to move up. I find it hard to believe that people can forget boxing so easily though, where you have a heavyweight with 3+ belts wrapped around him from all the different organizations. It's ridiculous.

  32. Tim

    August 4, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Think all you want, Facts are Facts Fedor didnt sign with the UFC because he is aftraid of losing and he knows that he would lose to Lesnar in their first fight in the octogon. My honest opinion is this, Fedor has chosen to fight lesser oponents in strikeforce to get Cage/Octogon experience before he messes around with the UFC and the top level talent. However you look at it Fedor is a pussy as he himself said he is fighting with Strikeforce to fight the best in the world…and obviously he is not since Strikeforce doesnt even have a top 10 HWGHT, So again Why did Fedor not choose to fight with the UFC? because he is scarred of being beaten and having no Cage/Octogon experience before stepping into top level talent fights in the UFC.

  33. Mike

    August 4, 2009 at 3:26 am

    lol Tim….

    get lost, if you want to call Fedor a pussy fine….

    at least know what the fuck you're talking about in which case

    "why did fedor not fight in the ufc?"

    cos hes fucking contracted to M-1

    Jesus stop listening to Dana White

  34. sergey

    August 4, 2009 at 3:47 am

    I do not think Fedor is afraid of UFC HW. Frankly, UFC HW division though being the best now after Affliction folded still sucks if to compare it to Welterweight division or even Light Heavyweights.

    What I started thinking is that Dana's mouth actually caused this. He has been insulting Fedor for the last few years and Fertitta even after telling he would like to meet Fedor personally could not come personally to Los Angeles to meet him while going to Chorvatia to sign washed up Cro Cop.

    I think, UFC disrespected Fedor a way too much and hence this reaction everything or nothing.

    I do not protect Fedor, I am extremely disapointed by his move, but this can be a reason.

    Would you work for someone who consistently insults you?

    Even these words: Fedor is a fucking joke. Isn't it insulting? Ddid Dana call any other champ like this?

    I think he wopuld better start talking respectfully about Fedor so that after his Strike Force contract expires there would be no bad feelings again.

  35. Mike

    August 4, 2009 at 3:52 am

    And by the way, to all you Homophobes, there's nothing wrong with sucking another guys cock, I've been doing it for years. My Dad taught me how, from his younger days working the streets.

    Dana White is a Dummy. Finklestein is the Man!

    M-1 rules !!!!!!

  36. Chip

    August 4, 2009 at 3:54 am

    I don't care that Fedor didn't join the UFC but what I hate is when everyone says Fedor is the best fighter of all time. Bullshit he might be a great fighter but best fighter of all time. I mean you look at Anderson Silva or GSP those are people who dont leave any doubt that they should be ranked in the top p4p category. They fight the best that the world has to offer and they make it look easy. They want to continuously fight the best the world has also. I dont think I've ever heard anyone say that they are completely overrated. Fedor on the other hand has a huge question mark above his head. A true MMA legend wouldn't let there be any question he's the best and Fedor doesn't have to will to fight the best. So Fedor best fighter ever………not even close!

  37. Mike

    August 4, 2009 at 4:03 am

    awww did Timmy from South Park get butt hurt?

  38. Pea...tear....Griffi

    August 4, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Mike, I've got something you can suck on…Anything to get you to shut the hell up…Ha,ha…Yeahh, that'd be freakin awesome…

    P.S. – Mike, quit defending Fedor's nuts, so much. Man, its like your superglued to them…Ha, ha…

  39. Tim

    August 4, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Mike- if Fedor was in a contract with M-1 then WHY THE FUCK DID THEY ALL TRY AND NEGOTIATE A DEAL IN THE FIRST PLACE?????



    August 4, 2009 at 8:35 am

    This is gonna be the best scenario…..Afraidor fights Rogers, then maybe Ken or Frank climb back into the ring…then….ummmm….uhhhh….hold up…..I know! Diaz! Then maybe the winner of the carano v cyborg match! NOW you're fighting the top tier, most challenging fighters, Fedork!….What a joke!…Mike; rebuttal?

  41. Ryan S

    August 4, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I gotta call you on this Tim, you said "Think all you want, Facts are Facts Fedor didnt sign with the UFC because he is aftraid of losing and he knows that he would lose to Lesnar in their first fight in the octogon." How is it a fact that he is a pussy. No one is actually sure why he turned it down, it is speculation. I kind of agree with Mike, Businessman and Tong Po, I don't think it has anything to do with fear. Fedor may be pissed about all the shit talking from Dana White that he doesn't want to sign a deal regardless of money, that is just as likely him being afraid, especially because he is on record to say that he doesn't care about the money, rightfully so because he probably makes more than enough that he can defend his principles. I say everyone just calm down. Tim, do you mean he was negotiating with Strikeforce or UFC for the contract? I also like how Mike put down an intelligent argument and that somehow made him gay and likes to suck balls. Fuck, it probably makes me gay for not having an opinion on Fedor being a pussy.

  42. Chip

    August 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Afraidor thats a good point……I can easily see Fedor fighting against Ken Shamrock or someone along those lines. Thats going to be his competition level pretty much for the rest of his shit career.

    I also agree with everyone else who commented on this page……..Mike your stupid….please shut the fuck up!!!!

  43. N/A

    August 4, 2009 at 11:19 am

    AFRAIDOR MILLIONERKO, greatest screen name on this website…FEDOR EMELIANENKO is a pussy ass bitch…

  44. Joey

    August 4, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Most fans on here agree. Fedor probably pussed out. Either he doesn't care or is afraid of losing his legacy to UFC newbies like CroCop did. Either way, I'm not paying a PPV to see him fight Rogers or Overeem. Not that it couldn't be good fight, I just don't really care to see them.

  45. Businessman

    August 4, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    I don't know why we have to start ripping on each other and posting all these stupid comments…can't we agree to disagree? If someone thinks Fedor is a pussy, go ahead and think that. Nobody is gonna change your mind…just like you are not going to change my mind that he was not ducking anyone.

    I really think it boiled down Fedor not wanting to locked into anything long term with Dana and UFC. The reality is that Fedor is not about all the glitz, drama, and hype that the UFC is all about. Dana has talked so much shit about him in the past and has been nothing but a total ass to a bunch of his fighters. Like or hate the fighters, and not even looking at the specifics of each situation, he has ending things badly with Tito, Tim, AA, Nick Diaz, Pat Miletich, etc. He is such a two-faced bastard, like when he rips on Kimbo during the Elite XC shows then invites him on the TUF. Dana is huge prick. The funniest part is that he is not even a fighter!!! Yes he was one of a few people that made the UFC what it is today, but we don't want to hear him talk. He wants to hog the spotlight when he should not really even be a factor. All he should do is run the UFC and make announcements…not come out and rip on your competition, fighters that leave you, or fighters that don't want to sign with you.

    I am pretty sure that Fedor wanted one fight and out and Dana, being the greedy bastard that he is wanted him to sign away for 5 fights. Dana is not stupid because if it was only 1 fight and Fedor beat Lesnar, he and the UFC would look like a joke that a non-UFC fighter came in and won. Plus Fedor is a cash cow that would bring in huge numbers and would make the 5 million he is getting look like nothing compared to what the UFC makes. Yes Dana would let him do the Sambo stuff but Fedor wants to fight in Japan and be free…not tied up to someone he can't stand.

    Pussy or not, at this point, let's agree to disagree. I don't think that the UFC has a lot of good HW so all I would really care for would be Lesnar versus Fedor. The one I am more disappointed in is Mousasi because at 205, there would about 3 or 4 good fights for him (Rashad, Forrest, Rua, and Jackson), before he even got a title shot at Machida. A 5 fight deal for him would have made a lot of sense. But a five fight deal with fedor, OK, so he fights Lesnar, Carwin, and Cain….and the who, Randy, who looked terrible against Lesnar and would look just as bad against Fedor? Nog, who has already lost a few times to him? Crocop, lost to Fedor already? For someone not looking to make the UFC their home, a five fight deal did not make sense.

  46. Joey

    August 4, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Good point Businessman. No way Dana signs Fedor for one fight. But with the hype and money that could be made he would accept one fight with the option for a rematch. I'm not a Dana White fan but I sincerely believe he offered everything other than a co-promotion to M1 and Fedor.

  47. Joey

    August 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    ….which is why I think Fedor pussed out.

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