Dana White on Fedor Emelianenko: Dude, you're fighting a 185-pounder

Dana White on Fedor Emelianenko: Dude, you're fighting a 185-pounder


“Listen, I’m not out to hurt Fedor, or hurt any fighter. People ask me my opinions, I give you my opinion on what I think about a fighter … I’m in the fight business, and I think that I know a little bit about the fight business. I’ve been in it since I was 19. And I’m going to have my opinions on fighters, just like you sports reporters or the fans, you know? Sometimes I’m right, and sometimes I’m wrong. I didn’t think that Kimbo Slice could win The Ultimate Fighter. I thought the Fedor hype was ridiculous. And the people who were really as great people as he thought he was weren’t getting their dues, you know … If I’ve got to still give Fedor his digs, my dig would be, ‘Dude, you’re fighting a 185-pounder.’ Henderson’s got a great chin, he’s durable, he’s got good wrestling, he can stay out of submissions, and all the great things I can say about Henderson, but Henderson weighs 185 pounds. So I actually think this fight, as far as Fedor is concerned, it’s a lose-lose for him. If he knocks out Dan Henderson, he knocks out a 185-pounder. If he gets knocked out, he just got knocked out by a 185-pounder. – For more from Dana White, visit Sports Illustrated (via MMAMania.com)

Widely considered the best Heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko managed to remain unbeaten for more than a decade, racking up an impressive 31 victories along the way. Though it wasn’t until June of 2010 that he’d suffer his first legitimate loss after being caught in a shock submissioin hold by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champ Fabrico Werdum, a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva made some, including the Russian himself, wonder if it was time for Emelianenko to hang up the gloves.

After briefly discussing the possibility of retirement, Emelianenko will now seek redemption in his August bout with fellow MMA legend and multi-divisional Champion Dan Henderson. However, according to his most noted detractor, UFC President Dana White, fighting the “185-pounder” is a lose-lose situation for Fedor. So what do you think LowKick’ers? Does White speak the truth or does a win over Henderson reinstate “The Last Emperor” to his throne?

Photo: UFC President Dana White at UFC 132 PF Press Conference. Credit: Scott Hirano.

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  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RyanVentura Ryan Ventura


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAW MMAW

    it doesnt matter how much Dan Henderson weighs, he’s proven over his career that he can hang with just about anyone in MW,LHW and HW.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jackthedrinker89 jackthedrinker89

    Ive said that in the past but yea Hendo has fought at HW before, but still Dana’s right, hes a 185er, and as much as people have said on this website that Fedor has always fought people bigger then him, and thats BS. Hes fought people about his size or smaller, and no offense but alot of them have been Japanese(JMMA is not that good). Rogers is the biggest fighter (with actual skill) hes ever fought and he almost lost, so even tho i dont mean to rag on Fedor’s legendary legacy but fighting MWs, and LHWs wasnt that big of an accomplishments for a HW imo.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/moots moots

    So…Fedor is probably a 185er or at most a 205er anyway. What is the point here? Dan Henderson has held multiple world titles and has proven to be in the top echelon of the sport. This is a fight for the fans, not for the 185 division, so who cares about that?

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RyanVentura Ryan Ventura

    Fedor beat Mark Coleman, Big Nog, Cro Cop, Sylvia, Arlovski, Rogers, Randleman, all in their prime…..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/UnderdogGreatness UnderdogGreatness

    This guy just love to hear himself talk.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMA_DEMON MMA_DEMON

    Well Dana’s boy Lesnar, got dominated by someone that was probably 50 – 60 pounds lighter.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAW MMAW

    i think its disrespectful to Dan Henderson’s abilities and achievments to call him just a 185 pound fighter. If Henderson loses this fight, only the ignorant will write the fight off as Henderson fighting in the wrong weight class.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    Also, Rogers is definitely NOT the biggest HW Fedor has ever faced.. Just off the top of my head, Arlovski walks around at 6’8 330lbs. or more. And lets not forget Hong Man Choi, who is over 7-foot tall and nearly 400lbs : )

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Decarnate Decarnate

    Arlovski is definitely not that big.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DaddyLongStrokes DaddyLongStrokes

    Well Dana’s kinda right….. Fedor will probably go up the ranks if he finishes Henderson (which is ridiculous). But…. it is Hendo and hes a dangerous fight for anyone…but still…..eh -__-

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JamieKennedy Jamie Kennedy

    Nothing new here then.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/MMAW MMAW

    also Zuluzinho, he may have weighed 400lbs but he was still no match for Fedor.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/griffin griffin

    i respect dana but sometimes he can be a complete dumbass. If Fedor wanted to he could probably be a MW too

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/HunterB HunterB

    Dana looks like he shit himself in the picture

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/whitey whitey

    Completely agree with this comment about Hendo. I also agree with Dana though, it’s really a bad fight for Fedor – he Should win this fight however Hendo is so tough it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Dan pulls it out, even by stoppage. No matter what happens I’m super excited to see the fight and Happy that Strikeforce is still putting on the fights that people want to see – UFC take a lesson.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

    Hendo will fight Fedor over 205lb.Fedor is not that big him self Dana shuld talk about for his full of shitt p4p Anderson Silva who walks 230 and ducks fighters his own sise

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JackN.Meoff Jack N. Meoff

    The point here is that Dana a butt-hurt hater.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/LowkickDick LowkickDick

    I’m a Fedor fan and I am looking forward to this fight, but i think it is a bad idea for Fedor. I agree its a lose /lose.

    I think a lot of people would be singing a different tune if it was Frank Mir, Dos Santos, or even Kongo that was fighting someone that fights at 185.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/michaelchimique michaelchimique

    you don’t get it..fedor is a heavyweight..and dan henderson is a natural 185,fedor gains nothing from being someone out of his own weight class

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/michaelchimique michaelchimique

    i think its funny when people call other people a dumbass because they say something about a fighter you like..everyone has there own opinion not everyone likes fedor.get over it

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DavidSaucier David Saucier

    Think you meant Sylvia Joey not Arlovski

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/DJPlatinumUSA DJPlatinumUSA

    Sometimes Dana just says the dumbest things.”185 pounder”? Henderson is a multi-weight fighter. This is a HEAVYWEIGHT fight, Henderson will prob weigh about 220 with Fedor at 230

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JamieKennedy Jamie Kennedy

    Nah, man. Hendo will be weighing in at around 206lb, and fighting at around that. He’s said himself it’s hard for him to gain weight, but with the weight he’s giving up he will be quicker on his toes.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dray12 dray12

    If he dominates or finishes Hendo its a big statement IMO.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/winterman31 winterman31

    Yeah, he’s just pissed he has to dole out $1.5 million to a fighter who won’t bend to his every will. Suck it up buttercup!!!

    Fighters of Fedors ilk will take this sport into the stratoshpere

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dropkickmurphy dropkickmurphy

    Really, Fedor is not a heavyweight, he should be fighting 205 since the sport evolved. His fighting heavyweight is just his pride.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/dropkickmurphy dropkickmurphy

    On that note also, this is why I thought that Anderson Silva would be a fool to fight St. Pierre, he wins, he beat up a 170lb er and if he loses he got beat by a welterweight at least 40lbs lighter than him.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/T-J T-J

    Hendo is the strike force light heavy weight champ, so really hes a LHW that used to fight at middle weight and Fedor is a small heavy weight that should be fighting at 205 both guys are amazing fighters. its a win win for everyone!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/GianGiacommoG GianGiacommo G

    Dana=douche! nuf said!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/mokoko mokoko

    Dana is an idiot Hendo is the LHW champ in SF he is talking about 185

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/khmerkickboxing khmerkickboxing

    everyone bitch about fedor this…and fedor that…. never did anyone do the math…. fedor lost 2 fights…. and on his last fight…he was fighting someone close to 300lbs… never did anyone give him any credit… Did fedor got knock out or even tap out? NO… it was a doctor stoppage… geez give him a fcukin break… ..

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jackthedrinker89 jackthedrinker89

    Akibono was like 400 pounds and was no match for Royce gracie! so people that big suck anyway.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jackthedrinker89 jackthedrinker89

    Hong Man Choi….Sucks terrible…

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jackthedrinker89 jackthedrinker89

    Coleman was old, Sylvia was out of his prime, Arlovski not in his prime, Rogers i mention, Randleman was def not in his prime, and Big Nog, and Cro Cop were both “in their prime” until they went to the UFC then seemingly get KO’d against the fighters in the UFC, and then automatically out of their prime, so with that being said i prove my point

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    LOL… Absolutely not. I meant Sylvia :p

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/asdf asdf

    I don’t get the 185 mark. Yes he fought at 185, but also at 205. Just Dana being Dana.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    Exactly lol

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    Not the point whatsoever… You said Rogers was the biggest opponent Fedor has ever faced. Which couldn’t be further from the truth.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Conan Conan

    Dana was trying to make Anderson Silva fight GSP and it was O.K for DW. He has too many masks to wear.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/moots moots

    Yes, very hypocritical of him here.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Gabe Gabe

    Dana shouldn’t be talking cause Anderson fights at middle weight and fights smaller guys most of the time. Forrest is a huge guy and Anderson looked just as big.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Conan Conan

    Exactly! Give Fedor fcukin break! Let him fight a smaller guy for a change. He has been fighting monsters for 10 years! Dana is an idiot!
    If it was not for the Fertittas, DW would still be an aerobic instructer.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rigo Rigo

    So now weight matters to Dana?
    what about when he fought a 285 pounder fighter!
    and stop a takedown from him in the first round?
    what about him taking clean hard punches to the face by a 285 pounder while mounted and still stood up and attemp a submission?

    What about his superstar Brock Lesnar figthing a 205 pounder fighter 47 years old Couture and still having trouble to take him down!
    he won that fight but won vs a 205 pounder close to 50 years old
    yet he still dare to call Lesnar the best Heavyweight on earth!

    Dana … get the **** outta here! with your bias comments!
    Fedor didnt want to bow to your and kiss your ass
    Deal with It!!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/jackthedrinker89 jackthedrinker89

    I said with actual skill, and i know Choi was a good kickboxer and all but MMA and KB is 2 totally different things!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Rigo Rigo

    you must be drunk to say what you are saying
    – Coleman was in the best shape of his life when he fought Fedor, -Sylvia was not out his prime
    – Arlovski was on a 5 winning streak when he fought Fedor including wins over Werdum and Nelson on his streak.
    – Cro Cop fought Fedor in 2005 , he join the UFC until 2007
    – Noguiera and Fedor fought in 2003 and 2004 , he lost to Mir in the UFC 4 years later in 2008.

    they didn’t get KO all the sudden , many years past , get your facts right before trying to bash a fighter who is humble and has outstanding skills, just because you heard Mr Dana saying he is a phony , if he would it have sign with the UFC it would be a different story for Mr Dana i follow the money White

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    See ^ Rigo’s comment. Explains it all haha.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    When you have the rep that Fedor has, every fight is lose lose. That is a true statement my friend.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    Look dude fights with a tire hanging around his belly. In an age where everyone is looking for every advantage in a fight and looking for every chance they can to drop weight classes, you got Fedor who just trains and doesn’t care about all those advantages and still whooped a lot of tail in his day. Yea Dan is a 185er (who still has to cut weight to make 205?). Hell if he wasn’t using TRT he might be 170! Who freaking knows?! All I know is we got a bunch of fickle fans out there that will never give Fedor any credit when he beat everyone that was put in front of him for 10 years. And once in for all 6 or 7 years ago the best HW’s were in PRIDE! It’s a fact boys. Sorry I will shut the hell up now.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/japanegro23 japanegro23

    And still people defend him like he’s their god. I will never understand.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/JoeySantosus Joey Santosus

    Touché friend : )

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Leon8220 Leon8220

    I have always been a big Fedor fan and when i read that he was fighting Hendo i saw it as a lose/lose situation. If he wins its because he was supposed to. if he loses, it will be the end of his fighting career.

    This is a dumb fight for Fedor.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/knn03 knn03

    Does Fedor even cut weight? Dana’s MW champ walks around at close to Fedor’s weight. But whatever, Frank Mir fought a natural featherweight in Roy Nelso, who cares.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/gaul gaul

    GAUL on Dana White : Dude, you’re a bag of dushe!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Kevin Kevin

    Despite Dana being as opinionated as he is, I agree with him 9 times out of 10.

    No one wants to see Legends retire. Organizations realize they can make a killing off of these guys so they promote the fights. Then the “fans” start taking shots at these guys saying their career is over, they’re overrated etc.

    Take a look at the evolution of other sports. Gretzky will hold hockey records forever, although hes not the same caliber as the elite in the NHL today even in his prime. Jordan vs Lebron, Woods vs Nicklaus the list goes on.

    Fans should take the fights as they are; two guys putting life and limb on the line. Enjoy it before it becomes as rigged as boxing.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/CosmicJoke CosmicJoke

    I think that if Hendo beats Fedor, it won’t be much of an accomplishment since Fedor is on a 2 fight losing streak although you can say Hendo beat a much larger opponent.

    If Hendo loses then that’s another loss for him.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/RyanVentura Ryan Ventura

    This debate will never end….Let’s all just agree to disagree. But in my personal opinion people need to realize in ANY sport especially combat sports how hard it is to not lose 32 fights for 9 years straight. That has to be worth something, especially against prime heavyweight fighters during those years.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/cranestyle cranestyle

    Although Dana can be an arrogant prick at times, in today’s world of spin masters and hypeaholics, he’s a notch above them all.

    Sure he spouts self-serving crap for his organization, he’s a fight promoter. But at least some times he says what he really thinks, which in the world of big sport promotion, is rare.

    Dana’s comments on Fedor used to sound sour grapes, but after two unimpressive defeats, no more. He’s 100% dead on when he says this fight is lose/lose for the Last Emperor.

    But rest assured that if Fedor won convincingly, and then took out a high ranking heavyweight, Dana would admit to being ‘wrong’ and start promoting the sh*t out of a title fight.

    Just look at his reversal on Tito. Love Dana or hate him, you have to admit there’s no one else even half as good at his job.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/ck1 ck1

    its party true as hendo is only ever 185 or 205 and fedor will be about 230, but if you consider the size of the most of the heavyweights now, 250-285 then you could say fedor is at the dis-advantage when he fights heavyweights. I just think its an interesting match for so many reasons. Both have great chins, both have serious power, 1 punch knock out power, hendo is always in good shape and i expect fedor to be in great shape for this one. This could potentially be fedors last fight and hendo is on a good run.I think Fireworks from the opening bell and it wont make it past rd2

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/random_mma random_mma

    you have to give credit to strikeforce; this will be the closest superfight we (fans) get to see this year ; and the best superfight dana could come up with is St.Pierre vs. Diaz

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Tchelnik Tchelnik

    dana the s h i t eater called again

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Courtes Courtes

    Dana white is 1 of the biggest haters i know

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/falcon4917 falcon4917

    Anderson is a big 185er but he is quite a bit smaller than Forrest. I remember watching the fight and just looking at their legs and chests I saw a big difference in the size of both men. I think Okami is bigger than Anderson and Chael, Vitor and even Nate looked sturdier than AS although being slightly shorter.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/nickp44 nickp44

    Yes, Hendo competed at 185, but he will be weighing about 205 for this fight, and Fedor will probably be 230 tops – a 25 pound difference. Fedor fought guys 25+ pounds heavier than him his entire career and won. Give Fedor a break…. he never whined about it when he was at a disadvantage and doesn’t expect Hendo to now either.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/nochoice nochoice

    Arlovski weighs 246 pounds and obviously doesn’t have to cut weight and his height is 6’4 so ……. ?

    When he’s not fighting he grows 4 inches and 90 pounds ? nope

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/nochoice nochoice

    Sorry didn’t look that far ahead !!

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Gotchava Gotchava

    Dana will alwyas tlak trash about the figther he could never sign

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Six Six

    Dana just let Florian move down in weight .. he looked twice as big as Nunes in that fight. Florian had recently beaten Guida and Gomi and now he is fighting at 135?

    Same old Dana … Douchebag extraordinaire

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Tchelnik Tchelnik


  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/asdf asdf

    Well… Every time Fedor fights it’s a lose/lose situation. If he wins, he beat a can, if he loses it’s because he was a can and never good.

  • http://lowkickmma.com/author/Cronos Cronos

    Thing is…. If Fedor would actually cut weight, he could be a 185 pounder..