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EliteXC Couldn’t Afford Fedor Emelianenko


(Best. Shirt. Ever.)

…at least that’s what was implied in WrestlingonTap’s new quickie interview with EliteXC boss Gary Shaw. When Shaw was asked about Emelianenko’s impending free agency, he said:

We would love to have Fedor with our organization. But Fedor and his people need to be realistic about what they are asking for. He hasn’t had a top fight in awhile. He needs to get back to fighting top competition. In the United States out of sight is out of mind.

So, we’re guessing that Shaw’s camp approached Emelianenko after news of M-1 Global’s impending collapse started to break, but were rebuffed by the two-headed demon of Finkelchtein/Echteld who demanded $2 million per fight and a guarantee that he’d never have to face Kimbo Slice. We commend Shaw for stopping just short of calling Fedor a “farce,” and we have to agree with the underlying message that Fedor Emelianenko‘s name only carries weight with hardcore MMA fans, so maybe his management team should actually develop him into a star before they get all prima-donna-y.

Shaw also had some bitter words for his UFC rival, Dana White:

“First of all Dana should be ashamed of using that type of language. There is no reason for it. Dana thinks that he invented the sport of mma. He is very lucky that he had rich friends in the Fertittas to fund the sport…and even more lucky that SpikeTV bailed him out of a $35 million deficit. It’s no wonder that fighters like Tito Ortiz and others are fed up with him. Dana doesn’t care about the fighters and treating them well…

As far as Dana saying that I was never a fan of mixed martial arts, ask him to produce articles or tape on me saying the things he said I said. It can’t happen. I was watching MMA with my son back when Dana was selling used cars…”

Oooooh! That’s the best “I was doing x when you were still doing y” line since Hillary Clinton hit Barack Obama with “I was fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum-landlord business in inner-city Chicago.” Who could forget that zinger!

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The Last Emperor- April 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm
WHERE CAN I GET THAT SHIRT?! ANYONE FIND IT?
patrickGamil- March 24, 2008 at 12:57 am
turd Ferguson (love that moniker ha ha)

i'd love kimbo/brock

except kimbo is not GREAT at any one thing yet.
The chances of him KOing brock before brock turns kimbo into pretzel bits is slim.

Fedor would pound sylvia a lot worse than couture did and submit him either instantly or after making him gas like the oldest guy at the geriatric olympics.
although 1/30 sylvia might get the KO but I wouldnt bet on it. hunt hits harder and more ccurately and is faster but couldn't dmage fedor s tanding


# Turd Ferguson Says:
March 12th, 2008 at 6:15 pm

MMmmmm I totally have to agree with what Shaw said. White doesn’t really care about his fighters. If he cared at all about Brock Lesnar he wouldnt have put him up against a submission specialist like Mir. White fed Lesnar to the wolves on that one.

Dana just sees $$$ and not about establishing his up and coming talent. He should have made Lesnar fight someone like Jake O’brien or someone of that skill. Not freaking Frank Mir.

Kimbo needs to face someone with better game than Tank “im fat and drunk most of the time” Abbott. Lesnar VS. Kimbo! now i’d pay to see kimbo get his ass handed to him in that fashion.

Fedor shouldnt be asking 2mil a fight, thats just stupid. Just because you are at the top of your game over in japan buddy doesnt mean you will be in America. Any top 5 or 6 heavyweight has a good chance of beating fedor… Like Tim Sylvia. I think fedor would get knocked out if he took that fight.

while i share thew fantsy of seeing fedor fight the best guys - it's his call. damn if i was him i'd say sorry fans y'all gotta get a life i'm retiring, gonna spend time with the family - you guys should all do the same. thanks for paying of my mortgages......
patrickGamil- March 24, 2008 at 12:36 am
yes but i'd put barnett at the top of your list:

as he most deserves it, and is most liely to win against Fedor.
Vera is terrific but I don't th9ink he'd have much chance, nor Kongo who is also terrific.

Kongo would be similoar to Shilte except he'd submit or lose a limb or just have his corner throw in the towel (wisely)

from your list i'd say the most worthy (in order) are:

gonzaga, sylvia,, couture

respect to all mentioned on this page no doubt

# the.glza Says:
March 12th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

ufc fedor fights i wanna see (in order, assuming he wins them all)

fedor vs. gonzaga
fedor vs. kongo
fedor vs. werdum
fedor vs. vera
fedor vs. arlovski (as long as i’m wishful thinking…)
fedor vs. silvia
fedor vs. randy
2 The Point- March 12, 2008 at 6:37 pm
Fedor is an overrated, overpaid sissy.

Dana White is an average joe in an Above-average position, and it's getting to his head.

Shaw burned White so bad, if he had hair, it would have instantaneously combusted.

The Fedor shirt is sick, but not on Fedor.

Arnold really is Numero Uno. And that picture in reference to the subject at hand was FUCKING PRICELESS.

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the.glza- March 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm
what arnold link?
Old, Bald and Irish- March 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm
CagePotato!

I stand corrected! The Arnold link is awesome.
the.glza- March 12, 2008 at 5:19 am
ufc fedor fights i wanna see (in order, assuming he wins them all)

fedor vs. gonzaga
fedor vs. kongo
fedor vs. werdum
fedor vs. vera
fedor vs. arlovski (as long as i'm wishful thinking...)
fedor vs. silvia
fedor vs. randy
the.glza- March 12, 2008 at 5:10 am
i gotta admit, i'm a dana supporter -- not in everything he does, but just in general. he and the fertittas have done more for this sport (and made more money off this sport) than anyone else in america -- without him we wouldn't have the spike shows, and we wouldn't have the depth of talent that is in the organization right now. i really don't think anyone else could have done what he did.

granted -- the way he is treating randy is a terrible business decision and shows a lack of character on dana's part. same with arlovski and to a lesser extent, tito. tito is a bit of a loudmouth, an overrated fighter, and not very likeable in my opinion so i don't mind if he gets the shaft.

i feel like fedor's best bet is to come to the ufc. this would expose him to a huge audience, and give him the popularity that would allow him to demand the $2mil

i think the ufc is the only org that can handle the kind of money he wants right now and in the future -- it's only a matter of time before he comes here, i feel like this is all posturing before the inevitable move to the ufc. plus, no kimbo in ufc although i think it's absurd to even think about that matchup -- fedor would put his fist into kimbo's face from so many angles he might end up with his beard on his head.

also, i'm still hopeful that the ufc and randy will get over their crap and put this fight together... for the fans

also, creepy picture is creepy
mma-pr0- March 12, 2008 at 3:52 am
lawl. look its fedors twin brother. fedor is a joke, scared to fight any top comp, he will end up in some no name org fighting a nobody
Knightrider- March 12, 2008 at 1:58 am
Tito could beat Fedor and Kimbo. Tito for President!!!
Knightrider- March 12, 2008 at 1:56 am
The Fedor/Kimbo clause is true. I read about it on Sherdog. That is where I get all my ultimate fighting info.
Knightrider- March 12, 2008 at 1:55 am
I like little boys.
The Bloc: Tito is my favorite. Don't talk bad about him.
Knightrider- March 12, 2008 at 1:10 am
Old, Bald and Irish: Would you wear a Yankees jersey to a Yankees game? I think wearing your own shirt is wAy worse than wearing your favorite band or sport's team shirt to the event.
Popetastic- March 12, 2008 at 1:06 am
What the hell, dude. Only that first post was me.
The Bloc- March 12, 2008 at 1:05 am
i'm with old, bald and irish on this one, what's with the Kimbo Clause lol
Is this just a joke?...we dont know anymore... he's crazy enough to ask for 2 mill, he might be stupid enough to ask that he’d never have to face Kimbo...if it's true i find it hilarious, if not, i still find it hilarious lol

also, Tito's a dick. (not really constructive but i had to get it out there.)

as for the Mir/Lesnar fight, i think it was a great fight. Lesnar wanted to be taken seriously and asked for a tough opponent, they gave him one and he got his ass kicked. I think it's gonna be a good thing for him and he'll grow from there as a better MMA fighter. I would love to see a Lesnar/Kimbo fight, but that has as much chances to happen as a Fedor/Couture fight.
Turd Ferguson- March 12, 2008 at 12:15 am
MMmmmm I totally have to agree with what Shaw said. White doesn't really care about his fighters. If he cared at all about Brock Lesnar he wouldnt have put him up against a submission specialist like Mir. White fed Lesnar to the wolves on that one.

Dana just sees $$$ and not about establishing his up and coming talent. He should have made Lesnar fight someone like Jake O'brien or someone of that skill. Not freaking Frank Mir.

Kimbo needs to face someone with better game than Tank "im fat and drunk most of the time" Abbott. Lesnar VS. Kimbo! now i'd pay to see kimbo get his ass handed to him in that fashion.

Fedor shouldnt be asking 2mil a fight, thats just stupid. Just because you are at the top of your game over in japan buddy doesnt mean you will be in America. Any top 5 or 6 heavyweight has a good chance of beating fedor... Like Tim Sylvia. I think fedor would get knocked out if he took that fight.
Old, Bald and Irish- March 11, 2008 at 11:35 pm
1. Wearing a shirt with your own name on it is like going to a Foo Fighters concert and wearing your Foo Fighters t-shirt. "Don't be that guy."

2. Where can I buy that "Fedor" shirt?

3. Is it REALLY in his contract not to fight Kimbo, or is that just colorful commentary? Ya see, this is how rumors start.....

4. I totally agree with the comment of establishing Fedor as a star in the USA before asking for $2 million a fight. Let's face it, who's a bigger draw in North America: Fedor or Liddel. "Iceman" for sure. The guys almost a household name. Fedor? ...er...not so much....but he could be.

5. Whatever Fedor is standing next to is very scary and needs to have lots of bullets pumped into it immediately.
Popetastic- March 11, 2008 at 11:27 pm
Could not care less for Ortis, he is a real crybaby!

a naked, oiled up, little crybaby
Popetastic- March 11, 2008 at 11:13 pm
Also, I like children
Popetastic- March 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm
i wonder how much money dana white makes, probably quite a bit more than the highest paid fighter, and who the hellz this gary shaw?
Popetastic- March 11, 2008 at 11:09 pm
i cant beleive what these fighter make man, boxers are still getting more than them, wayyyy more
Popetastic- March 11, 2008 at 11:02 pm
Caption should have read:
Emelianenko posing with Matt Lindland prior to their April 2007 fight.
Joey- March 11, 2008 at 10:44 pm
I am not fan of Shaw, but he's right about Dana. In context to MMA, Dana was born on 3rd base and thinks he hit a triple.
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