Perhaps no one has drawn the public ire of White more than Vadim Finkelstein, the leader of all-time great Fedor Emelianenko’s M-1 Global management.
White famously attempted to get “The Last Emperor” to sign with the UFC for years, with meeting even reportedly taking place on a remote island to negotiate a potential bout with then-UFC heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar at Texas’ Dallas Cowboys Stadium was proposed as one of the biggest potential bouts in UFC history.
However, talks between the two sides proved fruitless, as White was unwilling to relent on the stance that the UFC would simply not co-promote with M-1 Global, while Fedor and his team insisted White was repeatedly disrespectful to them.
The negotiation ended in a standstill, and Emelianenko ultimately made his way to Strikeforce, where his once-untouchable record took a massive hit following losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and Dan Henderson.
For his part, White took to calling Finkelstein “Vadummy” on a regular basis in the media. Emelianenko has since parted ways with M-1 Global, and even though his skills are clearly deteriorating at 38, White has once gain expressed interest in finally signing “The Last Emperor” to the UFC.