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Fedor’s New Pen Pal: Dana White

(Fedor feeding the geese, or catching them for his supper? You be the judge.)

We’ve heard from Randy Couture about all the shit surrounding the attempt to make the Fedor/Randy fight happen and the subsequent lawsuit spin-offs. And we’ve heard from Dana White almost daily defending his ridiculous position. Now we’re hearing from Fedor Emelianenko himself about the fight and Lex Luthor’s repeated public bashings of him. In an open letter to Dana White that was posted on, the site of Fedor’s management team, the Russian superstar let it all out.

As posted on MMA Junkie:

As Emelianenko wrote (keep in mind it’s been translated by a third party):

Numerous times have I read mister White’s statements on Internet concerning myself. In my opinion, allowing yourself to say those things is not a sign of a gentleman or a grown man at all! If he candidly wants to prove himself right then let my fight with Randy happen or let me face the reigning UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. In the future I wouldn’t want to hear those statements in my address ever again and I won’t tolerate that.

My last fight in Japan proved that I’m ready to fight anybody with any height advantage, skillset or experience. I have fought and still wish to fight the best athletes. The Randy fight is my goal number one right now, he’s a great fighter and this is a very unfortunate situation when too strict and one-sided UFC contracts don’t let this fight happen.

The whole world is eager to see me fight your champions, people don’t want to listen to your press-conferences. I’m signed with M-1 Global and this promotion is ready to organize such fights under our banner or in co-promoted events.

Fedor wants to fight the best. For those out there who thinks he only takes mediocre fights, he wants to shut them up. But he didn’t sign with the UFC because of the restrictive contracts and Dana White’s business tactics. We all know Dana’s style. If you don’t want to play by his sometimes-absurd rules, he’ll make it his life’s work to kick shit on your name. And he’s tried to do that with Fedor and now Randy.

Yet again, M-1 is ready to make this happen. Fedor has penned a letter begging for it. Randy is willing to be sued in order to hold out for it. Dana, you blow.

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bab- August 23, 2008 at 7:26 am
ok well fedor is also a world campion in sambo and ifc contracts will not allow him to compete in those kind of cmpetitions so fedor doesnt sign contracts with ufc, he'd smash any in in there anyday, anyway
Anonymous- August 2, 2008 at 12:09 pm
thatpeterguy- March 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Fedor will destroy Randy Couture. If Couture can lose to Chuck Liddell then he has no business being in the ring with Fedor. Rampage didn't even qualify to fight to Fedor in Pride cause he wasn't ranked high enough and he beat a Liddell, a guy who beat Couture twice. And Liddell stunk up the ring every time he came over to Pride. Dana doesn't want UFC to look bad by having all the Pride fighters take over so he is waiting it out. Fedor is already in the downside of his prime and if Dana can wait a little longer he be all nice and soft for his UFC debut. The sad thing is if you look at the Champions of UFC, Pride Fighters already own the top two positions.
DANAWHITESUCKS- February 26, 2008 at 2:14 am
Dana White is what is wrong with the UFC. With pride, it was about putting together great fights for the fans. Yes, us! Dana White is interested in putting together the most restrictive clauses on his fighters and to promote fighters not to create good fights for us, but for his pockets. There is something really wrong with the UFC. All diehard MMA fans, or ones of the Pride ERA, all realize there is something wrong with the UFC. At first I was all for the UFC, but they got greedy and now want to run a monopoly. What drew me and I would have to say most others to fighting were the fights itself, not the business! Hamil vs Bisping. Anybody with 2 working eyes saw that Hamil dominated the fight. That fight right there showed me that there is something wrong. Nearly all former Pride fighters that have fought have lost their first fight. Anderson Silva was before the merger, he doesn't count. Someone correct me if i'm wrong, but rampage is the only one to win his first fight in the initial merger. why? Cuz rampage can be promoted! All I'm trying to say is that the UFC is crooked, sure shogun can lose, but forrest griffin is nowhere the caliber of fighter that he is and shogun would never get choked out by a brawler. Hmm...Forrest Griffin I believe was in the first TUF Final which pretty much sprang the UFC to what it was(with popularity among people who didn't know mma). Dana will do anything and everything for him. I honestly would like to see all of these fights in a different organiztion because I know the outcomes will be different. ITs funny how a man like cro cop walks away from a crooked organization and people say he needs to come back in order to be considered good again? c'mon, he was mma before dana white grew a sack. DANA sucks and he is ruining MMA, I can not wait for Cuban and others to rival this shitty organization and we will see more fighters leaving UFC! Peace
Prouck- February 12, 2008 at 3:30 am
I see there are a lot of people who don't get M1. They are not trying to piggyback on UFC, they are trying to piggyback on PRIDE. they are trying to simply take it's place.
the.glza- February 11, 2008 at 5:11 pm
jerry curljuice: if fedor got a better deal from M1, who can blame him for going to that organization? i completely agree with danasucks -- you had a lot of great points. as far as an open weight tourney, i would think that the risks to the smaller fighters outweighs any potential spectacle of the fight... and let's be honest, rampage would beat the snot out of each and every person who enters that cage -- except maybe mirko...

dana definitely seems to be abusing the power he wields in the mma world, most recently by treating arlovski poorly -- but you cannot deny that so far, he has still done more good than harm.

i want the ufc to be more successful than all the other organizations, mostly because i'm really happy with the spiketv deal and all the good-quality fights i get for "free"... i'll pay for a tourney here and there, but if all the good fights are on pride and ufc ppv, it would totally suck
Old, Bald and Irish- February 10, 2008 at 2:33 am
korienek has some good points.

One that I agree with is an open weight class tournamant in the UFC!

Chuck Liddel VS Anderson Silva!


GOD DAMN IT....spilled another beer....shit!....right on my favorite shirt....
korienek- February 10, 2008 at 1:01 am
Anyone who has seen Fedor fight realizes that at this point that he is the best fighter in the world. The fact of the matter is that the competition in Pride was much higher then it is in the UFC. The rounds are longer for starters. I can not imagine some of the guyz in the UFC competing in the pride format. The UFC has to consider going back to the original format they used. Why are their rounds to a fight? Two guys fight in the street, do they have rounds? NO! They fight until the fight is over. Five minute rounds to me seems a bit short. I am also in no shape to understand how hard these guys train for these fights, but still I don't believe that any fight should end in a draw.(Tito and Evans). The people paid money and really didn't find anything out. The UFC also does not give title fights to enough people. How many times will I see Hughes or Sylvia? I swear if Rich Franklin ever fights for the middleweight belt again it better not be against "the spider". He simply does not match up with him and yet he is in line to get another shot pretty soon by the way the UFC decides title fights. I don't understand also why Sherk is eventually going to step back in the ring and get a title shot. He is a cheating prick who broke rules and yet he is going to get a shot to win his belt back? Let BJ keep the belt and tell Sherk that he lost all the respect people had for him and he might as well retire. The guy was one of my favorite fighters. He fought GSP and Hughes with no fear and I respected him. He let down a lot of people and he should just fade away. And last but not least, get some new fighters in the ring. Where is Tito? Where is Rashad? Where is Randleman or Barnett? Where is Karo? Mix it up a little bit. Have a tournament like Pride used to do. An open weight event. Think of how great a Silva-Rampage fight might be. The UFC needs to mix it up a little bit. At least consider re-opening pride fighting. DId you see how many people used to go to those fights. Have a weekly pride show on TV or something where up and coming guys compete for a shot to fight at a big Pay-Per-View. That would be exciting Television. Do something though because MMA will eventually turn into boxing if something doesn't change. Boxing used to be great, now its a sport that gets overshadowed because over time the promoters destroyed it with their greediness. Seriously, lets see some changes!
Old, Bald and Irish- February 10, 2008 at 12:40 am
Whoa, whoa,......WHOA!

Danasucks: Let me make this clear...

The UFC has done a lot to ligitimize the sport. On top of that, I thoroughly enjoy the programming that the UFC provides.

Please keep in mind, this does not mean that I bow to the UFC's every whim....

I have some issues with the organization, much like many of the other totally awesome people who post here (including you, Danansucks). But that does not mean I suck Dana's tit....

If M1 wants to be the shit, well hey man, let capitalism prevail! Put up a better product with a better chance for viewership and let the fans decide with their dollars.

It's called "capitalism".

The only way Mister White will "monopolize" the industry is if people let him.

The fact is, the other organizations need to "one-up" the UFC if they want to survive.

Shit!....I spilled my beer....FUCK!
danasucks- February 9, 2008 at 3:58 am
Absolutely agree with 'patrickgamil' on not giving shit about UFC losing fanbase. So what? Why the heck does anyone other than Dana White worry about UFC losing its ground? Dana White is the only thing standing between MMA enthusiasts and the greatest heavy weight matchup we have at the moment. If you're a mma fan instead of some kind of UFC worshipper, you got every reason to blame Dana White for keeping this fight from happening.

Yes M1 is trying to use Fedor vs. Couture fight as the cornerstone of their global project and will "piggybacking" on UFC's popularity once things go their way. Tough luck, M1 is equally licenced organization and has every right to do so. Dana White of course has every right to stop that, but in doing so, he's making two great champions look bad. They deserve better. Come on now. Why Dana White's pursuit for ever-monopolizing of our beloved sports be accepted by fans like you and me?

He's simply trying to be a big brother in the world of MMA. It's sad that UFC, the leading organization of MMA has an owner who has more respect for money than the sports itself.
Dusty Click- February 9, 2008 at 3:04 am
Fedor is as tough as nails, has the natural talent, is extremely fast for his size, is extremely crafty on the ground and has crazy sombo throws!!!!! I love this guy!!!!! I admire his gull to sign with the no name M-1 and standup to Dana White - even with being offered more than any current UFC fighter is getting! Fedor is the full package and is a gentleman too! I love his calmness before and during his fights - like he's at the spa or meditating! I think he will have a tough time with most of the top heavyweights but nonetheless is UNQUESTIONABLY at the top of the food chain and will be the favorite in anyone they put him up against! To have that many fights against that kind of talent and not lose one is unheard of (Crocop, Nogeira, Randleman, Heath Herring, Mark Hunt, Mark Coleman, Sammy Schmit, Renato Babalu Sobral, etc. etc.)! This guys has earned respect and you can bet that i'll be going for him in his next fight! PS - Dana sucks; Brock got paid $200k for losing (1st fight in octogon) and Mir only got a lawsy $80k and thats including the win bonus. How is that fair. That and raising the price when these guys are making more money that Coca-Cola just makes me wanna give dana a nipple twister!
patrickgamil- February 9, 2008 at 3:01 am
fedor will beat randy and that will make the UFC look bad - that's waht dana doesnt want. and yes M-1 is piggybacking on UFC's fanbase even through this blog - i could care less.

after fedor demolishes randy i'll still have total respect for randy. and GG AA sylvia NOG Kongo and all of them. yea i agree barnett has the best chance against fedor , and deserve it.

the thing that sucks about dana is that he's such a businessman. if he loved the sport enough he think - shit i could never spend all this money and i dont need to monopolize a global sport. it's like football (soccer) - it belongs to the people. america is the most awesome country but sometimes they dont get that global village thing
danasucks- February 9, 2008 at 1:30 am
Dana White is talking shit about Fedor because he knows Fedor will destroy Randy.
If M1's franchise star demolishes UFC's superhero, Dana will be forced to share the market with a newcomer. He's just trying to stop that at the expense of making a fool outta himself. Yes it's that simple.

Everyone thinks the 'PRIDE FC' fighters are over-estimated after witnessing Crocop, Wanderlei silva and Shogun went down. Well, just look who are the champs at top two weight classes. Pride FC's fighters were no joke. The unsuccessful ones just didn't make the right transition in terms of rules and rings.
Fedor was undefeated through his career at Pride FC and there's a reason for it :
He is damn good.

In an orthodox square-style ring, it's hard to imagine that anyone will beat Fedor. If the game is held in UFC style(ring, rule, everything), then you need a guy who's substancially bigger and stronger than Fedor, with good ground skills and lung that lasts entire length of the game.

Fedor is not the strongest guy in heavy weight division and we all saw what happened in the first few minutes of Fedor vs. Randleman fight. The Octogon will be harsh environment for Fedor when his opponent is strong enough to charge forward in clinch fight. The cage (instead of ropes) will capitalize Fedor's weakness due to realatively small built, and thus one should take Fedor down near the cage and keep pressure against it.

Randy is a very well-balanced fighter and certainly good enough to beat anybody. Well, except Fedor. Randy's about an inch taller but not bigger than Fedor. He cannot capitalize Fedor's weakness against the Octogon. If Josh Barnett is in shape, he should have a shot at Fedor in Octogon. Barnett is relentless, strong and much bigger than Fedor. On the top of everything Josh has ground skills that make Nogueira scream at his own game.
Of course if someone wants to beat Fedor in UFC rule, one shouldn't forget to use lots of elbow swings, because the most vulnerable part of Fedor's game is his facial skin. (lol but no kidding)

Randy's man enough to fight the Russian superhuman at the sundown of his career. If Fedor is that much of a joke to Dana, he should let Randy or other UFC heavy weight title contenders to fight Fedor to prove himself right.

Not man enough to do so? Then shut up.
jerry curljuice- February 9, 2008 at 1:07 am
Fedor, in his brilliance, expects to fight in the UFC or against UFC fighters after rejecting to sign a contract and instead signing to a non-existent organization know as M-1. And he is complaining about not fighting better competition? Is this bizzaro world? The logic of his complaint is suspect.
Kidtuf- February 8, 2008 at 10:06 pm
I am stoked that someone else besides just fans are vocalizing disdain for Dana. People want to credit him for making MMA popular again, so be it, but the guy is a total tool and has done a lot to hurt the image of both fighters and the sport.

Keep up the good work cagepotato!
No1Dad- February 8, 2008 at 8:33 pm
At this point it's impossible for the fight to live up to the hype and expectation if it does happen. One of them would actually have to get killed AND come back to life to get the win.

Spider Silva vs Dan Henderson, now there's a fight.
Old, Bald and Irish- February 8, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Anybody can get beat. Just ask the New England Patriots.

Serra vs GSP only big in Canada? Really? Look, everybody I know, including those who know very little about the UFC, know about this fight. I'll be watching it. And I bet you will, too! Come on! Admit it! This is gonna be a HUGE fight! The only thing bigger will be if Serra wins and re-matches Hughes, or if Couture and Fedor square off.

Don't count Serra out with his fight with GSP. GSP is at the top of his game, but Serra is a great tactical fighter. He knows what he is going up against....

......and he'll be ready.

As for Fedor: look, I like the guy. Is he the best in the world? I dunno. Is Couture? I dunno. But they are two of the best fighters out there now. Is a loss around the corner for Fedor? Oh yes. But ya gotta give him his due. He can kick some ass.

And as far as that hand on the rope, I woulda done the same freakin' thing. Sometimes it's instinct. The ref did the right thing and Fedor made the most of the situation. Shit happens when your getting punched in the face or about to get body slammed...know what I mean?

Just as Brock Lessner.

And by the way, why would ANYONE name their kid "Brock"?

"Mommy loves her wittle Brockey-wokey..."

Olie- February 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

You can see his arm is resting on the rope, but doesn't look like he grabs it to me. He as sure as hell wasn't holding the rope when he managed to sweep Lindland over for his own takedown.
Dana white- February 8, 2008 at 4:39 pm
WTF??? Theres nothing wrong with my tactics or contracts.......just ask andre arlovski............
Damian- February 8, 2008 at 4:35 pm
I have seen Fedor fight. I'm not taking anything away from him. I just dont think he is nearly as scary as he was back in the day. In the Lindland fight he grabbed the ropes to prevent a take down. Which was bull. In the Hong fight he was rocked by some of his punches. Look at his face afterwards. Now imagine a fighter that will secure a takedown and land way better punches.

As for Serra/GSP, I dont see how that is a big match other than its in Canada. Serra is gonna get dominated by GSP. It will be nothing like the last time they fought.
Old, Bald and Irish- February 8, 2008 at 4:04 pm
Ryan makes an EXCELLENT point and I think he's right on the money with his suspicion of M1's motivation to piggyback on UFC's success.

On the other hand, money talks....and Mister White knows that.

Serra vs St. Pierre is going to be a smash success. How can you follow that up? Couture vs Fedor, that's how! Serra vs St. Pierre is going to bring a lot of people into the world of MMA. There is no doubt that this matchup is the Super Bowl of the MMA world. If the UFC teams up with M1 within 3-4 months of the Serra vs GSP matchup, that will be an even bigger draw! People who get into the Serra/GSP are gonna want to see something even bigger. This could be a huge opportunity for the UFC to hold its nose, make the deal with M1 and make a boatload of money on this fight.



You think that Montreal venue sold out fast for Serra/GSP? MSG will sellout INSTANTLY for a Fedor/Couture match.

'Cause here's the bottom line:
1.) Couture and Fedor both want this fight.
2.) Sooner or later, M1 will make it happen.
3.) It will be a SMASH event.
4.) The UFC has a choice: make NO MONEY on this eventual match up, or cut a deal and make some cash off of it while you can.

If White is as smart as I think he is, they'll see the opportunity and make it happen......
Olie- February 8, 2008 at 12:14 pm
I've always maintained that the likes of Randy Couture and Fedor (2 stand-up guys who don't run their mouths) would NEVER shy down to a fight. The only reason people say Fedor fights such "mediocre" fighters recently is because it's out of his hands! He doesn't decide the match-ups. The promotors and event organisation does.
Korienek- February 8, 2008 at 10:49 am
Wow Damian and everyone else out there. I suggest looking at a few of Fedor's fights. There is nobody who is capable of beating this guy. Randy will go down like all the others have to him. He has beat the UFC heavyweight champ on a few occasion. Fedor is unstopable. Just watch his fights. The UFC has to change its rules to make the fights more exciting. Pride fighting had such better fights because the rounds were longer and the fighter were too. Pay sixty bucks to see a UFC card only to see fights that are sometimes good, other times mediocre. Dana White is destroying the UFC and for that he should be ashamed of himself.
Damian- February 8, 2008 at 10:09 am
This whole thing seems way too Ivan Drago to me!

"The whole world is eager to see me fight your champions"

Give me a break! Im really not that eager to see Randy pound another mediocre douche into a pulp but whatever! So apparently Randy has to beat this puffy asshole into obscurity like......Well hell I cant remember anything old and Russian that is forgotten cuz alomost all of it is! So fuck Fedor and fuck the whole M-1 organization!

Btw....I have been drinking!
ryan- February 8, 2008 at 5:31 am
the thing is that m1 is trying to get ufc's fans... try to take all the time and money that ufc built into their brand, and piggyback onto it... because otherwise they aren't gonna do shit for ppv buys, or anything. Noone knows fedor, the majority of 'mainstream' fans that is. So while it sucks for us real fans, its both dana and fedors fault, not just one.