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Fedor to the UFC? Not as Long as Contract Terms Are ‘Unacceptable’

In a new interview with Bas Rutten on “Inside MMA” Fedor Emelianenko talks about his toughest fights, his friendship with Josh Barnett, and whether he’ll eventually end up in the UFC, as Dana White has predicted.  Fedor seems like he’s in no hurry to sign on the dotted line, at least at the moment.  He calls the contract terms he’s been offered “unacceptable” and admits that he’d like to fight a big, “serious” guy like Brock Lesnar, though perhaps not enough to make himself an indentured servant to the UFC:

“At the present time, I don’t think so, I don’t think you’ll see me in the UFC, just because the terms, and the manner in which those terms are offered, are not acceptable today.”

Looks like the ball’s in your court, DW.  Do you make the man a better offer, or at least be a little nicer to him?  Or do you just wait him out and figure sooner or later he’ll have to sign unless he wants to drift off into irrelevance, which he may very well be willing to do?

After the jump, Josh Barnett answers some viewer emails and tells us the one thing he knows he can beat Fedor at: drinking contest.  Christ, how can you not love Barnett?     

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glenwo2- July 17, 2009 at 9:21 am
Fedor Fears Brock will defeat him and have his legacy tarnished(he may say he doesn't care about his legacy....but you better believe he does).

And he has a right to fear him.....Brock is a real-life IVAN DRAGO. (which is kind of funny since Brock looks more russian than

axhed- July 16, 2009 at 5:42 am
what everyone seems to be forgetting is the ufc "champion clause."

if fedor were to sign a 1 fight deal and defeat brock (armbar 2:37 r1) he would then become the hw champ and become property of the ufc until he lost the belt.

as far as the one comment about fedor never facing anyone with lesnar's wrestling pedigree... remember how the two fights with mark coleman went?
saku- July 16, 2009 at 5:26 am
i think that fedor might be past his prime. maybe barnett will beat him. brock could do it too i think. but no matter how those fights will turn out, to me fedor will always be one of the greatest. brock has a long way to go when he wants to be where fedor is today. he has to be dominant for several years like fedor was.

many people here wrote that they think that brock would beat fedor. and if i had to put my money on one of the two i think id pick brock too. but even if he won, fedor would stay on top of my alltime powerranking. if brock went on to smash the competition for 3-4 years i might change my mind.

another thing is that nobody should blame fedor for acting in his own interest. he doesn't have to prove himself and owes nothing to the ufc. it's not like he is some random fighter. he could stop fighting and be remembered as maybe the best ever. i give him a lot of credit for not doing that.

Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- July 16, 2009 at 4:20 am
Well after reading what a lot of you r-tards have written, every heavyweight in the world of MMA should retire and thank the lord they can while Brock walks the planet. Maybe he and Mel Gibson can make Lethal weapon 8. You take 5 years off of Couture and I think he wins that fight with technique. It's all good though, when Brock gets his ass handed to him by some guy that is too small to handle him I will sit back lmao. I think i could like Brock but it's his demeanor and his fans that make me wanna see fedor break his spine. Oh and by the way all you Fedor haters, He is usually 1 or 2 on the pound 4 pound best list. Where is brock? Apparrently people who actually know something about this sport respect the man and his skills.
Cuntalope- July 16, 2009 at 3:20 am
Yes 300 000 base pay and a tiny percentage of ppv that are just bombs. In the UFC ppv sales are like 50 times higher he'd be making alot more. Do the math retard.
AussieMMA- July 16, 2009 at 12:21 am
Cuntalope, when did you become DW right hand man and got to view the details of Fedor contracts.

Lol and makes alot less in Afflication????ahahahahahahh what fcking MMA are u watching.

Mate i got one comment for you "never go full retard"
Cuntalope- July 15, 2009 at 11:52 pm
Also not only was Fedor offered the highest base pay the UFC had ever offered but also ppv bonus. Which he would make a lot more money off, he makes a lot less in affliction but gets to beat on cans and keep his record intact. He'll porbabl be fighting Mauric Smith next, another FORMER ufc champion to say he's beat haha while he will never fight the actuall champ in the present. Fedor sucks.
Cuntalope- July 15, 2009 at 11:49 pm
This asshole will never join the UFC while Lesnar is there. Unacceptable terms? Haha. He was offered the best contract the UFC had ever offered. More than affliction, but this fuck wants stupid shit like to sign all the shitty comunist on his team and to build stadiums. A one fight contract? Seriously he knows the UFC aint going to go for that because it's stupid. Fedor isn't relevant until he joins the UFC and fights anyone who's actually any good. Instead he plays it safe and fights FORMER ufc champions haha. Fuck Fedor.
rampageisgod- July 15, 2009 at 11:48 pm
I believe UFC Fan was referring to Fedor when he said he fought cans. If I'm wrong my bad.
rampageisgod- July 15, 2009 at 11:46 pm
When asked what is keeping him from signing with UFC, Fedor replied "it's all about the Roosevelts babay."
crittino- July 15, 2009 at 11:17 pm
To answer your last question, Ben, Christ DOES love Barnett
AussieMMA- July 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm
lol @ ufcfan.
watch Fedors baddest man on the planet on youtube...Ur beloved UFC fighters all say he is the best and he is.regardless of who he has fought lately he is still undefeated.Brock wins a few matches and acts tough and every1 jumps on the bandwagon.
There is absolutley no argument here, Dana White is a fcking slave driver!!!!!!!!!who would want to sign with him and make pocket change when Fedor he can fight once in Afflication and bascially make what he would in UFC in a year.Fedors got the freedom to go anywhere and do anything, Lesnar is just Whites pet bitch who white can use to argue against anyone who says there HW division is otherwise.

As the smart editior of CP stated in his story "Looks like the ball’s in your court, DW. Do you make the man a better offer, or at least be a little nicer to him?"

Hits the nail on the head.
lilpo0ts- July 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm
you guys all crack me up, soda you are a very intelligent guy. i like fedor, cant stand brock, dont ive a shit about mir. brock a top fihter because he beat someone whos only been back in the game for how long? then heath herrin, which fedor destroyed. randy randy randy, past his prime just like wandy. the technique went nowhere but as you can see from a couple of shots...he cant take it like he used too.

to even think that you guys understand fedors money situation is ignorant. he has more folding dough than any of you guys, most of the ufc guys if not all. plus when you dont burn brides what does he really have to spend money what does that leave him that a ufc fighter will never have, his likeness and control of his own career. just as easy as brock got beat by mir the first time, anythin can happen. it just hasnt happened to fedor yet. he has become a legend that everyone wants to see anyways, regardless of how much you dont like him, or how much of a non-credible fighter he is..he's in your mouth and you cant help but to taste him. randy couture more famous? maybe..but why arent you guys callin fora rematch with him and brock? see what i mean? the true fans of mma and the ufc fan folks distinguish themselves.

take your time craft your messages but in the end, you want fedor in the ufc. oh and UFC totally made yourself look retarded,

"he has fought nothing but cans, and has-beens, I want to see him fight a younger stronger, faster opponent"

what is randy couture mir and herring? you sir, have failed miserably at soundin like you understand mma. your replies should be filed right next to freddie roach. stick to singin entrance music in your head while you drop macho man elbows off your dresser onto your wwf pillows.
UFC fan- July 15, 2009 at 10:28 pm
I don't give 2 shakes of shit about fedor.
The day that useless bag of shit decided to be a real fighter and act like one I might pay attention.
I do not want to see a 1 shot fight with fedor coming in for 1 fight and leaving, I want to see his ass go through the ranks and fight his way up.
he has fought nothing but cans, and has-beens, I want to see him fight a younger stronger, faster opponent, he will find that in the UFC not in these girl school for the blind shows.
Fedor hasn't proved shit or deserves shit from the UFC no huge contract, just step up and earn it you russian fuck.
Sunburned- July 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm
Fedor won't agree to the exclusive UFC terms because of Sambo (simply put), Fedor enjoys competing in sambo and the UFC contracts will not allow him to compete in sambo tournaments as well as UFC mma.

It's not a money issue, and it's not an issue of how big and scary his opponents will be (have you seen the giants he has cut down?), it's simply the exclusiveness that the UFC demands that he doesn't agree with.

He is a humble, talented, and focused man that knows what he wants out of life in the bottom of his heart, the UFC contract means nothing to him if it tells him what he can and cannot not do in terms of competing in other events.

I applaud his career, and his character.

AussieMMA- July 15, 2009 at 5:07 pm
CP has just become full of MMA promoters and marketers and fools who just dribble verbal shit to out do each other.
How the Fck would any of you know the real deal?

We all no the the truth, we just got alot of "UFC NUTHUGGERS' in here.
Lol watch one PPV, and now u guys are talking about shirt sales in your arguments, go to some other faggy comments section and post ur shit there.
JPfighter- July 15, 2009 at 4:38 pm
Clayton, your pseudo intellectual babble is truly entertaining. Perhaps even more entertaining than watching Fedor defeat second rate fighters. You seem far more interested in dissecting the words on this board than actually discussing the facts. You must be a riot at parties. LOL.
Nikloai- July 15, 2009 at 4:34 pm
when did fedor say he didn't care about money?

last i checked fedor had a big list of demands and wanted a shit load of money

in the above video, he said he doesn't care about his legacy, which probably means he doesn't care about the people he fights

if that's true, then waiting fedor out might not be the best move

...or maybe he becomes irrelevant, then the ufc won't care about fedor anymore
Clayton- July 15, 2009 at 4:30 pm
JPfighter, your inability to see the double standards throughout your argument is only slightly more staggering than your ability to change your own argument from point to point and sentence to sentence. Your ability to understand what I'm saying only when it's convenient to your argument is at once frustrating and makes this an exercise in futility. Best of luck to you on your mission. Careful what direction you point that bullshit meter or you might not like the results.
JPfighter- July 15, 2009 at 4:22 pm
The Truth once again speaks the truth.
JPfighter- July 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm
Clayton, your definition of honesty is when people say something that you agree with. How could someone's OPINION possibly be dishonest? Think about it genius. You appear to be getting a little too caught up your pseudo-intellectual word games. Although, that in itself is entertaining.
Clayton- July 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm
JPfighter, uh, how ironic is this: "Honesty? How the fuck do you know if, or when, I am being honest?"

Funny you should ask! I have a bullshit meter that tells me, based on experience, that your full of shit. That clear?

No one else is allowed to use it, though, and if you disagree with me, I'll call you names and curse a lot for emphasis.
The Truth- July 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm
Can you imagine if Brock Lesnar or Mir would have fought the same last 5 people as Fedor? Dismemberment?

If Lesnar got 5 like that, MMA may get banned.
JPfighter- July 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm
The Truth speaks the truth.
JPfighter- July 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Honesty? How the fuck do you know if, or when, I am being honest? Are you psychic? Perhaps that is how you know that Fedor is being honest. Shit, that is quite a gift you have.