In a recent interview with MMAWeekly, Fedor Emelianenko addresses comments made by Dana White.
MMAWeekly: Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think Fedor is a top-five heavyweight in the world, and I’m not saying that because I didn’t get Fedor. I’ve always felt that way about Fedor and I always felt Randy Couture would beat Fedor … Fedor is a farce.” How do you feel about these comments?
Emelianenko: Dana talks a lot and uses words lightly. Let Randy Couture fight me. Allow this fight that everyone wants to take place. Me, Randy and MMA fans all over the world want it. The only obstacle is Dana.
MMAWeekly: What is your opinion of Randy Couture? He has announced publicly that at this point in his career you are the only fighter that he feels it is worth it for him to face in the ring.
Emelianenko: People want to see this fight and I want to meet him in the ring. I have the greatest respect for Randy and have always admired him. I am also thankful that he has such a high opinion of me.
MMAWeekly: Can you discuss your long-term goals in the M-1 organization? Where do you see the M-1 promotion, and Russian MMA in general, ten years from now?
Emelianenko: I trust in (M-1) and the good people that they have brought together. M-1 gives me the chance to meet champions from various organisations in the ring, instead of being restrained within the limits of one organization.
Fedor is scheduled to fight at Yarennoka! on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo. His opponent has yet to be named, but rumors are he will be fighting Hong Man Choi.
Yarennoka! will be put on by former employs of Dream Stage Entertainment (DSE) the same company which ran Pride FC. DSE stated that Yarennoka! is a one night farewell to PRIDE FC, but many think that they are testing to see if it is possible to create a new PRIDE by having multiple organizations share fighters. M-1 Global, K-1 and DEEP.