In a recent interview, Fedor Emelianenko said that the reason he did not sign with the UFC was because UFC President Dana White didn’t like him. At the media scrum yesterday promoting UFC 166: Velasquez Vs Dos Santos III, White talked more about the Emelianenko signing more than he ever had. According to Dana, they offered Emelianenko the biggest contract they had ever offered someone, and it was so big that he was relieved that he didn’t take the offer.
White told the media:
“In my opinion, everything was in Dana White’s hands,’ says Emelianenko. “Because at that moment, I just felt like ‘this guy, he just hates us.’ Like, personally to me. There were insults coming from Dana White all the time. There were many very loud things said, but for real nothing happened. It was all talk.”
“Me and Lorenzo were fucking laughing about that. Yeah so I hated him. Who did I hate worse than Tito? The guy lost fucking 100 fights in a row and retired in the UFC.
“We made every big fight with every fighter since we bought this company. You don’t think we wanted to do Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar? I fucking wanted to make that fight so bad.”
“Brock wanted that fight. Brock wanted that fight bad.”
“We had to build a fucking stadium in Russia, and we had to do all this stupid Shit, stuff that no normal fucking human being would do. And now they lay in bed every night and regret not doing that deal.”
“I explained this to Fedor. ‘We’re catching a moment in time, right here, right now, where this fight between you and Brock Lesnar will be fucking massive. We’re talking Dallas, Texas Stadium. This huge fight between these two big heavyweight guys. We’re laying this massive fucking offer on the table.’ I said, ‘You’re one punch away from being worth fucking zero.’
“‘This is the fucking moment, the time. We all need to seize this moment and make this fucking happen.’”
“It’s not even that I regret it. Dude, when I tell you that we did everything… someday I’ll tell you the story of how much we offered that fucker, too. People will fucking shit. It made no sense. It’s one of those type of deals.
“The NFL does $9 billion in television revenue. Makes no sense for the network. The network doesn’t make a dime off the NFL, but you gotta have the NFL, right? The NFL pulls ratings like anything. This was one of those deals where it’s like, this makes no fucking sense whatsoever. And literally when we got on the plane, when we were flying back, we were like, ‘Thank fucking God they turned that offer down.’”
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