Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce’s Scott Coker, M-1 Global’s Vadim Finkelchtein, and Showtime’s Ken Hershman held a press conference this afternoon to discuss Strikeforce’s plan for Fedor, and refute some of the alleged misinformation that the UFC released about their negotiations with the Russian heavyweight king. You can read recaps here and here. Though Fedor’s next opponent doesn’t appear to be finalized yet, there were still some eyebrow-raising bits:
— Emelianenko called the offer he got from the UFC “miserable,” and nowhere near the six-fight, $30 million reports that circulated on the internet. Finkelchtein said that if those rumored numbers about Fedor’s contract offer were true, they would have signed with the UFC.
— Finkelchtein claimed that the idea of Anderson Silva as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world is a product of the UFC media machine, and Brock Lesnar is also just a product of the UFC’s hype. He said that Brett Rogers is better than Brock Lesnar.
— Emelianenko feels "very sorry" that a fight against Lesnar couldn’t happen, but would like his decisions to be respected by fans.
— Emelianenko said that he has full control of all of his contracts, finances, and career, and gets financial reports at all times.
— Fedor also said that the UFC doesn’t treat their fighters like human beings, and they have the wrong attitude torwards their fighters.
— Finkelchtein informed everybody that Fedor’s name is much bigger than the UFC’s outside of the United States, and if Fedor came to the UFC he would make the UFC famous outside of the United States. [Ed. note: The UFC is already famous outside of the United States, and Fedor isn't even a superstar in Russia.]
— Strikeforce will begin construction on the M-1 Global Sambo Stadium and Convention Center this November in St. Petersburg. [Ed. note: Psyche!]