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Fedor To UFC Is Just As Far Away As It Ever Was

July 27, 2009

fedor-emelianenkoThere have a been a ton of developments since my last post. Affliction folded. They’re cool with the UFC now. Tito is coming back. Franklin-Henderson II might have been canceled. It goes on and on as we approach UFC 101. Through all this, the biggest question on everyone’s mind has to do with the man they call “The Last Emporer.”

Will Fedor finally fight in the UFC? Years ago fans all wanted to see Fedor fight Randy Couture. We didn’t care what happened, we just wanted this fight to happen. Now, Couture has been supplanted by Brock Lesnar. The only thing that matters in all of the MMA world is whether or not the UFC can get Fedor inside the octagon to fight the current heavyweight champ.

With Affliction dead as a fight promoter and Fedor now a free agent, it seems inevitable. It’s what everyone wants! It has to happen!

I’m less than optimistic. Just peep this quote from one of Fedor’s Russian representatives via CagePotato.

“This is the moment of truth that the UFC has talked about. Fedor and I are here in the States. If they want to come out and fly here, we are ready to conduct negotiations. Of course it still doesn’t imply we are ready to accept any conditions they’ll throw at us. We want to talk to the UFC about having Fedor compete against some of their fighters, but only within the framework of co-promotional efforts with M-1 Global.”

As CP points out, that ain’t exactly how the UFC rolls. A co-promotional event is out of the question. Dana White and the UFC want Fedor in one of their patented iron-clad contracts. They want all the rights to Fedor. The Russian fight mob on the other hand wants to do whatever they feel. If Fedor wants to enter a grapling competition in Korea against a bunch of corcodiles, his people want him to have that luxury.

With all that in mind, I’m not holding my breath for Fedor-Lesnar.

Obviously, it would be awesome if they got this done and somehow signed Fedor. I hope it happens. I just don’t see it getting done. They’ve been trying for years to get Fedor to the UFC. He and his people aren’t interested in the money which is where the UFC sets itself apart for other promotions. They can and will pay their stars. Fedor would get paid. Shit, he’d probably get points on the package.

I just have a feeling that its again going to come down to the UFC refusing to meet the demands of Fedor’s camp. What has really changed? Affliction is gone, but Affliction wasn’t there a year and a half ago either. Strikeforce has a better shot at Fedor and they’ve got Brett Rogers – a legitimate opponent. We might never see Fedor in the UFC.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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