Yesterday I posted about Dana White dismissing any chance of Fedor Emelianenko coming to the UFC. In response Fedor's manager Vadim Finkelstein made a statement to one of the biggest news websites in Russia, Gazeta.ru, translated by Lowkick.com:
UFC President Dana White recently said that he has zero interest in signing Fedor...
You need to know Dana. If he says he has no interest in signing Fedor, then in fact, he really wants to. He says one thing, and doing another. How can you not want a fighter who can bring millions? Any fight with Fedor could break all the rating records in the UFC.
Maybe you should make the first step?
We are open for dialogue. It's just that Dana White thinks that we will come to him, kneel down and say: "We are ready for any conditions to sign a contract." Of course, this will never happen. Fedor deserves nothing but respect. But like I said, there's still a high demand for Fedor. We are ready to have Fedor fighting in the UFC, it's just that we need a normal offer. And the fact that White is always saying that he offered us everything "on a silver platter" is a lie.
It's also very interesting to note that UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta had a very different take when asked about Fedor on Twitter last week:
From my perspective it seems clear that Lorenzo and Dana have perfected one of the best good cop/bad cop plays in sports. It's also clear that even Vadim and M-1 have to realize how vastly diminished Fedor is as a commodity on the open market and it seems like even sleepy Fedor has noticed that he's been unable to get the caliber of competition he's worthy of since being cut by Strikeforce.
It's impossible to say if the parties involved will work anything out or if there is really even any point in Fedor coming to the UFC at this point. What do you say you want to see The Last Emperor in the Octagon or not?