Fedor Maybe: UFC To Not Willing To Bend

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In a recent interview on Sherdog.com, Fedor Emelianenko’s manager discusses the current state of negotiation’s with the UFC. The big hiccup seems to be that the UFC will not let Fedor compete in a Combat Sambo event once a year. Combat Sambo is huge in Russia, and Fedor is the poster boy of the sport. Either way if the UFC can’t get over its controlling boyfriend act, then Fedor will go probable to EliteXC or Bodog. His options are limitless, because all the organization’s want him. You cant have the top heavyweight division if you don’t have the top heavyweight.

Sherdog.com: As Fedor’s manager, can you please fill us in on the current state of his contract negotiations.
VF: At the moment we are in negotiations with a number of organizations who have put offers on the table. I’ll be blunt in saying that the UFC offer is the most financially attractive one. However they are very harsh in their terms and are not very flexible in actually negotiating them.

Fedor has now been the PRIDE heavyweight champion for four years and I think we have earned the right to negotiate a contract that suits both parties. Instead we are faced with a blunt “you are either in or you’re out.” This does not really suit us. If the negotiations continue in a similar manner, we’ll prefer to fight for less money but with an organization which is more flexible.

The problem is that Fedor is the face of Combat Sambo in Russia. His popularity is at a level where he is acquainted with president Putin himself, in part because he is so successful and well known for Combat Sambo here.

Combat Sambo is a Russian sport that’s not at a level of difficulty of MMA, but is hugely popular with our public. Fedor must represent Russia in Combat Sambo and at world championships, specifically the ones coming up in September. All we want him to do is compete something like once a year in Combat Sambo. But the UFC is not happy with that.

Their proposal has all kinds of clauses, all kinds of fines etc. that do not suit us. The UFC is not really that eager to communicate and negotiate. The negotiations are still continuing, and we will try very hard to get our demands met, if not Fedor will simply not compete in the UFC, even though that will be unfortunate as they currently have one of the, if not the, strongest, heavyweight divisions in the world.


  1. Jude

    July 28, 2007 at 5:55 am

    UFC, get over yourself!!! These guys are in this business not just to make money, they are doing what they truely love to do . That's to fight. Try paying for them to fight not to sell their body, mind & soul to UFC. UFC are nothing but a bunch of control freaks. Fighters have to use their sponsers, wear their clothes , drink their drinks, but now they've come up against a fighter that says F### you, you can't buy me! Well good for you FEDOR. As much as I love to watch this man fight & would love to see him take on the heavy weights in UFC, I hope he sticks to his guns on this one. UFC pays most their fighters shit anyway, inless of course you're a Tito, Liddell or Hughs. Dana is so damn stuborn & has to have everything his way! Don't blow this UFC.

  2. Realwun

    July 28, 2007 at 9:38 am

    The UFC will do anything to get this guy because if he goes to Bodog or EliteXC, it could be the end of the UFC monopoly.

  3. Joey

    July 28, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    i'm very sick of hearing about fedor on every single mma site or every single mma topic. the guy is not the king of mma. what is going to happen to him is what is going to happen to cro cop. he's going to get knocked out and then over night people will say that he is on his way down.

  4. Jude

    July 28, 2007 at 2:51 pm

    Everybody gets beat one time or another that doesn't mean they're not great fighters. Cro Cop is a great fighter, so is Liddell. What I'm sick of are these fare weather fans. These guys loose one damn fight & all the sudden they're has beens. I'm sure Fedor will be beat, no doubt, but at the moment he IS the main topic. Why would you even bother to comment here if you're sick of Fedor? I respect your opinion on the subject but why even read the artical if you're sick of hearing about him. Confused????

  5. Joey

    July 28, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    Just stating my opinion sorry if you dont like it. I'm glad you dont turn your back on fighters that have a bad night Jude.

    Just understand that I read all of these forums where its Fedor this and Fedor that, like he is the best there is. The guy is just a businessman trying to get his paycheck, how can he beat someone who is hungry? I mean, did you see him playing cards right before his fight in his last Pride show, he is handfed half his opponents.

  6. Jude

    July 28, 2007 at 8:17 pm

    Do you think he's had easy fights? I've seen some bad ass fights he's had & I really enjoy watching him fight. He's aggressive but a very SMART fighter. I think if he was just a business man after a pay check he would have taken the UFC offer, which I'm sure was huge, but he didn't. The UFC has to realize that they will be signing fighters from all over the world & they have different cultures & enjoy different kinds of fighting such as the Combat Sambo that is popular in Russia. I think he has that right & it shouldn't be an issue with UFC. They don't just want to sign him they want to OWN him.

    How can he beat someone who's hungry? I'm not sure I understand the question. Although we've seen some mighty big upsets this year from "hungry" fighters, I believe in the long run that SKILL & TALENT will make for a longer career in MMA, than "hunger".

    I enjoy these sites & hearing other peoples opinions & I certainly have my subjects that rile me. So to me , I agree to disagree. Have a good night Joey & I'm sure we'll talk again.

  7. Joey

    July 29, 2007 at 3:16 am

    i just read where you talk about the UFC fighters seem to fight to "not lose" and Pride fighters fight to "win". well thats what im getting at with fedor and not being hungry.

    i think he has not really cared about signing with an orgainization and would probably only fight once a year if they would pay him. he doesnt care about getting in there and showing he is the best in the world, even if he is the best in the world.

  8. Jude

    July 29, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I think he cares, but he's not willing to compromise with what he wants & believes is best for his career & his fans in Russia. I would like to think that if the UFC shut down & Chuck had to go to another org. that said he could not fight in the USA again he would tell them to stick it. Same thing for Fedor right now.

    As for him not wanting to show he's one of the best in the world, I don't believe that. I've NEVER heard of him turning down a fight, have you? As for his laidback attitude, "playing cards before a fight", as you stated, it's just his nature. No, he doesn't talk shit or have the showmanship of Tito, or the fancy robes of Baroni. Which as a matter of fact I admire him for. I don't think he feels that he has to try & SELL his fights, he lets his fighting speak for him, & he DOES get in there & shows me he's one of the best in the world. You won't see him laying on an opponent for 3 rounds, he's in there to WIN. Just different strokes for different folks, I happen to like the way he strokes, you don't, & that's OK. UFC likes the fighters to sell their fights, Tito is a perfect example,but if they think they can get Fedor to jump around, talk shit & be their puppet they're in for a let down. Maybe Fedor shouldn't fight for the UFC, but you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be watching his career & it would be a shame not to see him fight some of UFCs tuff motherf***ers.

    Sorry about the book, I'll try to keep it short from now on.

  9. Realwun

    July 29, 2007 at 5:50 am

    Anyone here ever been in karate? Well being advanced from a first degree black belt and on up through the rankings isn't really physical, its mental growth.

    A first degree black belt thinks they can kick anyones ass and is looking to prove themselve in any way they can. When you advance you trust that you are talented and know that a clear mind will always make you a better fighter. "hungry" can sometimes make you too aggressive or make you anticipate too much in a fight, thats where mistakes can happen.

    Fedor reminds me of that. In fact look at all of the great champions…Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Fedor. They are very calm before and during their fights. Its a sign of mental maturity that makes your physical preparations more sharp.

    Fedor is a huge talent and along with BJ Penn I think are the best fighters in the world.

  10. Mikey

    July 29, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Fedor is an awesome fighter and you must be ignorant if you think he is overrated. If he is overrated, then who do you think is on top of the game?

  11. Joey

    July 30, 2007 at 8:38 am

    I think that Shogun Rua, Gonzaga, and Cro Cop can beat Fedor.

  12. Cory

    July 30, 2007 at 11:26 am

    No waaaay, Fedor is the man and he can beat anyone in the world. He already won Cro Cop before.

  13. chris

    August 2, 2007 at 1:09 am

    exactly. i cant believe the dana is being such a bitch. fedor is the best fighter of our times, and hes trying to put a leash on him? what a cunt. a total cunt. i would die to see fedor destroy the cream of the ufc, but im with you on this one. stick to your guns fedor.

  14. Ken

    August 6, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    fedor is the best pound for pound in mma history period.

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