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PostSubject: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Fri 27 Jul 2007, 1:27 pm



During recent interviews, UFC president Dana White has commented that he expects to have Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko under contract by the end of 2007 or the start of 2008.

However, in a recent interview with Sherdog.com, Fedorís manager, Vadim Finkelstein, makes it sound as though Fedor in the UFC is far from a sure deal:

Sherdog.com: As Fedorís 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. Iíll 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 ďyou are either in or youíre out.Ē This does not really suit us. If the negotiations continue in a similar manner, weíll 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 thatís 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.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Fri 27 Jul 2007, 3:49 pm

Joe, did you see the comments coming out of Sherdog? Terms & Conditions, restrictions holding things up. Love to see Fedor in the UFC, but honestly. We all just want to see him fight. period.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Fri 27 Jul 2007, 6:59 pm


Yeah they may be dropping the ball here! Just recently The UFC let Chris Lytle fight somewhere else but it got canceled,
But he let him fight also the kid Jeremy Stephens that just lost to Din Thomas was allowed to fight for another small promotion and lost! He is now done in the UFC! I think this is shit!

Fedor is Russian Combat Sambo he should be allowed to go back and compete for his country! Itís not like he is asking to fight for Elite EX or something! You would think in order to get the best in the business they would be flexible on that! It is not like he wants to fight with Elite XC or K1...
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 11:36 am

in my eyes....there is no true champion in the heavyweight division in any promotion until they fight fedor.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 12:02 pm

CeLnVA wrote:
in my eyes....there is no true champion in the heavyweight division in any promotion until they fight fedor.

i agree, i dont know why but i dont want fedor to go to the ufc! i wanna see him fight barnett and roger gracie in bodog and retire a legend and become mythical like rickson and bruce lee
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 1:28 pm


I think for that to happen he needs to come beat the guys over here in the UFC!
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 9:25 pm

JoeDaddy wrote:

I think for that to happen he needs to come beat the guys over here in the UFC!

For the general masses to accept him as a legend, I agree. ..but we all know the truth.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 9:37 pm

its the ufc's job 2 get him! what good is being the biggest promotion if u cant get the biggest hw in the world? he doesnt need them.....they need him!
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 9:43 pm

CeLnVA wrote:
its the ufc's job 2 get him! what good is being the biggest promotion if u cant get the biggest hw in the world? he doesnt need them.....they need him!

I think they're fine without him ...but they kinda owe it to us. Most PPV's I buy are UFC (half price but still) and I buy most.
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PostSubject: Re: Is the UFC going to lose out on Fedor?   Sat 28 Jul 2007, 10:56 pm

I think in the end they will get him!
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