Last week we posted a video interview with Fedor Emelianenko where he said he didn’t see himself signing with the UFC as long as the contract, and the way in which that contract is offered, remains unacceptable to him. Now here’s Dana White on Steve Cofield’s radio show to remind us exactly what Fedor was talking about.
According to DW, Fedor isn’t any good, hasn’t beaten anyone worth a damn in years, and is a fraud because he refuses to sign with the UFC. There, that should solve that perceived lack of respect issue, though it kind of makes you wonder why Dana would have ever offered a guy like that a bunch of money to come fight for him.
If this is a tactic designed to bring Fedor to the negotiating table, it’s a horrible one. There may be some people in the world who can be baited and bullied into accepting a contract that they don’t like (for whatever weird, possibly stadium and/or Sambo-related reasons), but Fedor ain’t one of them. There is perhaps no one in this sport with less of an urge to prove anything to anyone.
Fedor is that special kind of fighter who is only more unwilling to join forces with you after you call him an overrated punk, which must just confuse the hell out of White.
On the other hand, maybe White has just given up on Fedor completely and is instead trying to convince the rest of us that he’s not worth thinking about anymore. That doesn’t explain why he just said that Fedor-Lesnar is a fight that is destined to be a huge event some time in the UFC’s future, but at least it would make more sense than trying to insult the guy into taking a contract offer.