Fedor On Negotiating With Dana White: I Just Felt Like This Guy Hates Us


Legendary former Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is standing firm to his retirement plans despite fans everywhere holding out hope that the Russian superstar will still make his way to the UFC Octagon.

Regardless of his retirement, Emelianenko is still staying active, and recently appeared in a WHOA! TV interview to discuss his thoughts on several topics related to MMA, both current and past. He spoke up to clarify that he is indeed done with fighting competitively:

“That’s it. I’m done. I keep training but not as intense as I did before.”

It’s unfortunate that we never got to see “The Last Emperor” take on the best heavyweights in the UFC, because now we are left wondering what could have been. And while Dana White constantly makes it seem like Emelianenko’s management was the culprit in this whole ordeal, ultimately it seems like Fedor was simply rubbed the wrong way by White’s way of doing business:

“In my opinion, everything was in Dana White’s hands. Because at that moment, I just felt like this guy, he just hates us. Like, personally to [me]. There were insults coming from Dana White all the time. There were many very loud things said, but for real nothing happened.”

That’s about as emotional and informative as you’ll see from Emelianenko, who sheds some interesting light on the subject of his failed signing to the UFC. It’s been widely thought that Fedor’s management team of M-1 Global caused the holdup in contract talks due to outlandish demands that included a cross-promotional deal with the UFC, something that would never happen.

However, Emelianenko thought that White hated him, and obviously wasn’t pleased with the loud back-and-forth posturing that took place. Perhaps White went about securing Fedor in the very wrong way. Perhaps it was an instance of two sides trying to make power plays that resulted in them just butting heads while accomplishing nothing.

We’ll never know the whole truth. Too bad “The Last Emperor” will never reign over the best mixed martial arts talent the Octagon had to offer.


  • Ivy

    Dana is "the" Supreme Douche Bag. I believe Fedor completely.

  • We’ll never know the whole truth. It’s just unfortunate that we never got to see “The Last Emperor” reign over the best mixed martial arts talent the Octagon had to offer.

    Really, i thought we went over this with:
    Werdum, Bigfoot and Hendo!!!

  • when we talk about the greatest of all time there will always be a debate but you can bet ur *** his name will be part of the debate. He has 18 top ten wins thats more fights then cains career..

  • You must be the only guy in the world who didn't want to see Fedor in the Octagon.

  • Long time fans remember the multiple times Dana trashed Fedor publicly.

  • Dana basically wanted to use Fedor to legitimize the UFC as the only true heavyweight division, then throw him under the bus. Dana's a d-bag in the truest sense of the word.

  • Fedor > Spider > others

  • If you're not with Dana, you're against him. Remember how quickly he turned on Jones?

    But ask yourself, did Fedor actually have a conversation with Dana? Or is he just telling you what his management told him…

    • Looking for the "we'll never know" button

  • Dana was forever bagging Fedor because he didn't fight in his organization.. I even remember Dana and Ariel Helwani having a heated debate…

  • Its a he said she said dilemma. In the end, Fedor was the best HW of all time.

    I remember thinking about the debate of who would win, Fedor or Randy, and to me it was a no brainer. Fedor all day > Brett Farve…I mean Randy Couture.

    Regardless it ***** we never got to see him fight in the cage. No question one of the top 5 faces to grace and shape the sport of MMA.

    • they censor s u c k s?

      • love Randy , but Fedor would have KO'd him

  • There's a little tiny bit of a 7 year old, girly, spoiled, annoying, brat in each and everyone of us, Dana's got 78 of them.

  • I love Fedor and enjoyed watching his fights, even though he seemed invincible for a long time his stoppage still always came from no-where and usually through a minute or so of adversity…

    I think he was legitimately the best HW fighter around during the Arlovski, Cro Cop, Couture, Mir era but the new breed caught up… Cain, JDS, Werdum etc…

    Fedor beat many oversized monsters and some top fighters during the height of his reign but would if he came along now would his style have the same running success…?

    Best HW of all time… Debatable

    Worst walk out attire of all time… Nailed on! haha (Half dressed drunk uncle round the pool in the picture above)

    Long Live Fedor!

  • I wonder how many millions Fedor would have banked if the fight with Lesnar at Cowboy Stadium had gone down. Even without UFC fights, Fedor was the best heavyweight on the planet for many years. Dana was bitter about never getting him in the octagon, but any real MMA fan can't hate on Fedor. You can feel how you want about his management or whatever but at a certain point disrespecting Fedor is disrespecting MMA.

  • Fact is Dana Trash talked A LOT about Fedor… Why would Fedor wants to work for someone like that?

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