October 29, 2010
Ah, what could've been. There was a day when Dana White dreamed of matching Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko at Cowboys Stadium. That could still be a mega-fight but some of the luster has worn off since both have now fallen in 2010. White Tweeted a little smiley face the night that Fedor was upset by Fabricio Werdum back in June. The Russian contigent that works with Fedor waited a few days, but now it's their turn to chuckle at Lesnar's fall from grace.
"I have long said that Lesnar is more of a product of UFC’s PR rather than a serious fighter and that fight clearly confirmed it," said Fedor's manager Vadim Finkelchtein in an interview on AllBoxing.com.
"I do not want to say that Lesnar is a nobody, but he has very little experience. What does he have six fights in MMA? He's a pure product UFC, who met a real fighter and he lost."
"In my opinion, he is a very good fighter. Capable and strong," said Finkelchtein. "The UFC can now present him as the best in the world and it is certainly debatable, but he's really a fighter, not a product of PR."
He also denied that M-1 and Fedor have spoken anytime recently with the UFC. White told a story recently of meeting Fedor face-to-face for the first time. Finkelchtein said that kind of talk was stupidity and was very strong about re-signing with Showtime.
"Now we are in active negotiations with Showtime on a contract extension, and perhaps we will renew it. But the UFC does not offer such opportunities and imposes its monopoly conditions. They believe that everyone should be in the UFC. We would love to fight with Lesnar, and Velasquez and all but why should we give up all these undertakings, all the years spent on Fedor’s development will go to them? Fedor did not grow in the UFC, right? So why should he go to the UFC? If Dana White wants to fight, he can easily hold it, because we do not mind. And while the contract with Showtime gives us more opportunities."
There you have it. Both fighters have fallen in 2010 but neither side is going to budge when it comes to getting Fedor to the world's biggest stage.
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