Fedor Emelianenko was once the biggest “what-could’ve-been” signing in the UFC. Up until 2016, “The Last Emperor” was trying to negotiate a contract, and at the time, the probability of it coming to fruition was “very high.”
The flip side of this story, however, is Fedor’s impression about the UFC and its “oppressive,” “Draconian,” and “enslaving” contract. These days, the 45-year-old MMA legend carries a similar sentiment, particularly on UFC president Dana White.
“Money means everything to him,” Emelianenko said in a recent interview with TASS. He has no respect towards fighters, no respect for any human being. Only money and that’s all.
“There is nothing humane about him and I found that quite revolting. Money, of course, is important for living and for the family. But trading human relations for money is unacceptable.”
White has been a target of criticisms about fighter pay, which he seems to let roll off his back just fine.
As for Fedor, the former PRIDE champion is set to make a return after nearly two years on the sidelines against Timothy Johnson. The two will meet at Bellator 269 on October 23 in Moscow.