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cmill21
12/12/07 12:48:30PM
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MMAWeekly’s Korea Correspondent, John Evans, recently caught up with Fedor Emelianenko, the man almost universally regarded as the No. 1 mixed martial arts heavyweight in the world.
candynuts
12/12/07 1:14:40PM
Great article!
Pretty much what you expect Fedor to say.

Fedor>Anything
Focker101
12/12/07 1:16:47PM
I still believe that Randy would win via decision
but man how I want to see that fight
Trench777
12/12/07 1:27:36PM
He want to fight Randy, Randy wants to fight him, the world wants to see it, the only obstacle is Dana White. That pretty much sums it up. Dana is becoming more & more powerdrunk...

The one thing that Fedor said I found profound: "Dana uses words lightly". Troo dat, Fedor!

T777
FantasyFighter
12/12/07 1:33:24PM
Emelianenko: Dana talks a lot and uses words lightly. Let Randy Couture fight me. Allow this fight that everyone wants to take place. Me, Randy and MMA fans all over the world want it. The only obstacle is Dana.

It saddens me greatly to know that quite possibly the greatest fight in MMA history will never happen due to all this back and forth nonsense. And it is so disappointing because all sides wanted this fight to happen (Randy wants it, Fedor wants it, and whether DW says he wants it or not, believe me, he wants it, and most importantly the FANS want it), yet when they all sat down at the table to make it happen, none of them could come to terms. I see valid arguments for both sides, but in the end, I blame them all for being un-willing to compromise. Its such a shame.
tuvok500
12/12/07 3:17:45PM
Wanderley Silva comment about Fedor !!!

Q: That’s an interesting comment about how important the UFC belt is to you. What do you think about Fedor Emelianenko’s choice not to fight in the UFC?

WS: He’s crazy . I don’t know why the guy doesn’t want to fight here. These are the best events. This is the biggest promotion. The guy could be a symbol here. He could have money for the rest of his life. He could do well with the promotion, with sponsors, with commercials, and many other possibilities. Japan is a good market, but the US is different. The American fans love the fighters. Everyday, people come up to me in the street. He needs to come to the UFC.

Fedor can talk , but at the end , he chose the easy ways, now his credibility is close to 0 !!

Darnok
12/12/07 3:52:35PM

Posted by tuvok500

Wanderley Silva comment about Fedor !!!

Q: That’s an interesting comment about how important the UFC belt is to you. What do you think about Fedor Emelianenko’s choice not to fight in the UFC?

WS: He’s crazy . I don’t know why the guy doesn’t want to fight here. These are the best events. This is the biggest promotion. The guy could be a symbol here. He could have money for the rest of his life. He could do well with the promotion, with sponsors, with commercials, and many other possibilities. Japan is a good market, but the US is different. The American fans love the fighters. Everyday, people come up to me in the street. He needs to come to the UFC.

Fedor can talk , but at the end , he chose the easy ways, now his credibility is close to 0 !!






I so totally agree. Fedor is the one that turned down an awesome offer from Dana. How can Fedor say that Dana isn't allowing it. Why would Dana want Randy to go to a two bit org to fight where no one gets to watch it anyway.

I am sorry, but I can no longer believe Fedor when he says he wants to fight the best. I think he wants to get his win record even higher so that he can be a big star in Russia. I say Big Deal. Let him, we can all forget that he is even alaive and put someone else at the top of the HW list.
nastshabast
12/12/07 4:07:12PM
Fedor's credibility close to zero? You two are wrong. If anyone has zero credibility it's Dana White.

"I don't think Fedor is a top-five heavyweight in the world, and I'm not saying that because I didn't get Fedor. I've always felt that way about Fedor and I always felt Randy Couture would beat Fedor … Fedor is a farce."

Nuff said.
Jujiden
12/12/07 4:16:16PM

Posted by Darnok


Posted by tuvok500

Wanderley Silva comment about Fedor !!!

Q: That’s an interesting comment about how important the UFC belt is to you. What do you think about Fedor Emelianenko’s choice not to fight in the UFC?

WS: He’s crazy . I don’t know why the guy doesn’t want to fight here. These are the best events. This is the biggest promotion. The guy could be a symbol here. He could have money for the rest of his life. He could do well with the promotion, with sponsors, with commercials, and many other possibilities. Japan is a good market, but the US is different. The American fans love the fighters. Everyday, people come up to me in the street. He needs to come to the UFC.

Fedor can talk , but at the end , he chose the easy ways, now his credibility is close to 0 !!






I so totally agree. Fedor is the one that turned down an awesome offer from Dana. How can Fedor say that Dana isn't allowing it. Why would Dana want Randy to go to a two bit org to fight where no one gets to watch it anyway.

I am sorry, but I can no longer believe Fedor when he says he wants to fight the best. I think he wants to get his win record even higher so that he can be a big star in Russia. I say Big Deal. Let him, we can all forget that he is even alaive and put someone else at the top of the HW list.






That's about as narrow-minded as you can get. Please. It's funny how when Randy makes a decision to leave UFC he's considered a free thinker and one to be admired, but when Fedor doesn't want to go with the UFC for many of the same reasons that Randy left he's considered scared and as one who takes the easy way out. Randy and Fedor are both top notch fighters who have half a brain to not get caught up inthe drama that is Dana White. Inconsistency is defined in Dana and while I give him props for growing the sport, he remains inconsistent with many of the things he says. If he tells media and fans that the HBO deal is pretty much sealed and that Fedor is pretty much signed and then doesn't deliver, how much more does he feed his fighters a load of bull. Randy saw it and left. Fedor saw it and didn't join up. Don't be a sucker and think for one second that anyone knows what its like to be in either of those fighters shoes when both are purported to be the best in the world.
cmill21
12/12/07 4:17:57PM
Well just so you know, Fedor signed with the org that gave him the most freedom, he can fight against anyone, including UFC fighters, K-1, strikeforce, M-1, eliteXC, anyone, they also pay him alot of money, 2 mil a fight is a nice paycheck. I get that everyone wants to say "Fedor's dodging people" and all that, but he has a family that he's trying to do what he feels is best for them, he's got a country that he's becoming as well known as any hockey player they have produced, and he's pioneering the sport there. I just want to know if any of you were at the negotiating table with Fedor? Do you know what happend? All this judgment placed on him is pertty crazy considering no one but Dana and himself know what happend. Fedor can fight in the UFC, if the UFC says Fedor come fight Randy under our banner(not a second rate org), he can either accept or look like the "scared" fighter some of you feel he is. Fedor and M-1 have both said they'd let Fedor fight randy in the cage.
fullerene
12/12/07 4:17:58PM
I think the guy who has beaten the most top HW fighters in history and the guy who has helped make a nearly bankrupt company the #1 MMA promotion in the world still have at least a little bit of credibility.

I'm disappointed, too. It seems like the biggest event with the most money to spread around isn't happening. But this isn't the last time this will happen. The UFC isn't going to sign a fighter when the conditions aren't adequate (such as giving up promotional control and signing other fighters) and fighters aren't going to sign deals that they don't think are in their best interest. I'm glad the UFC and Fedor are making $$ at this game. I would prefer that they make it together, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. Maybe there will be some good side effects--like buidling the business in Russia and/or building up some new HW stars in the UFC.
roadking95th
12/12/07 4:19:01PM
I really like how respectful Fedor always is in his interviews. I wish more fighters were like that.
Trench777
12/12/07 4:31:56PM

Posted by roadking95th

I really like how respectful Fedor always is in his interviews. I wish more fighters were like that.



Totally agree.

Also agree with the reply that Fedor has a family to feed & M-1 pays him well. Fighting is a profession. Its to make a living, plain & simple. Credibility & fame & respectibility are secondary to making a paycheck in the short period of time a fighters career lasts. Its along the same lines as football, baseball, hockey players. Its not a matter of loyalty or disloyalty when your fav player goes to another team...its about this being thier chosen profession & they need to make what they can while they still can.

Be honest with yourself...if the competition came to you (whatever field you might be in) and offered you more money, benefits, etc...you would wave goodbye to your boss with one finger and be at work the next day.

*shrugs*

T777
wapttn
12/12/07 4:35:30PM
People keep saying that dana white is the problem, that he's the one keeping this fight from happening.. has everyone forgot about finklestein? The problem is that most of the mma fans dont even know who he is. He's fedors manager and the one who handled all the negotiations, it was he who chose that fedor would not sign with the ufc. It was not fedor's choice, it was not dana's choice. Dana white layed out the same terms that all the ufc fighters fight under, and it was Finklestein who said no. Dana knew how valuable fedor was so made compromises and offered fedor 8mil over 4 fights. The compromises were not enough, or the money wasnt enough, for whatever the reason, finklestein decided that fedor should not sign.

So when you're all pissed off that fedor/randy will never happen, dont blame the guy who made the lucrative offer, or the fighter who "wants to fight the best", blame the guy who decided that his merchandise would be better off else where.

As for dana saying that fedor is bunk, we know its not true, he knows its not true.. but him saying it does serve a purpose. If you go ask the casual fan what they know about fedor, he's an overhyped fighter that they dont care about.. why? because dana says so. I personally think it would make more sense for dana to say that fedor is an accomplished fighter, but decided to sign elsewhere and as a result cant face top competition because all the best guys are in the ufc and let the fans make their own conclusions.

Ordep
12/12/07 4:44:11PM

Posted by wapttn

People keep saying that dana white is the problem, that he's the one keeping this fight from happening.. has everyone forgot about finklestein? The problem is that most of the mma fans dont even know who he is. He's fedors manager and the one who handled all the negotiations, it was he who chose that fedor would not sign with the ufc. It was not fedor's choice, it was not dana's choice. Dana white layed out the same terms that all the ufc fighters fight under, and it was Finklestein who said no. Dana knew how valuable fedor was so made compromises and offered fedor 8mil over 4 fights. The compromises were not enough, or the money wasnt enough, for whatever the reason, finklestein decided that fedor should not sign.

So when you're all pissed off that fedor/randy will never happen, dont blame the guy who made the lucrative offer, or the fighter who "wants to fight the best", blame the guy who decided that his merchandise would be better off else where.

As for dana saying that fedor is bunk, we know its not true, he knows its not true.. but him saying it does serve a purpose. If you go ask the casual fan what they know about fedor, he's an overhyped fighter that they dont care about.. why? because dana says so. I personally think it would make more sense for dana to say that fedor is an accomplished fighter, but decided to sign elsewhere and as a result cant face top competition because all the best guys are in the ufc and let the fans make their own conclusions.




do you know that contracts have a part that tells you the $$$$ and another part that says CONTRACT TERMS ( or agreement or whatever)....

If they offered the same amount of money, fine. But Fedor liked the Terms that M-1 offered him better than the UFC ones. There's NO fighter in the UFC just because it is the UFC and blah blah.... it's their job.

kerazzle
12/12/07 4:51:43PM
Fedor is used to freedom and he loves sambo, he is russia's main representative for sambo and he isn't going to stop competing in it just so he can fight in the UFC. M1 gives him the freedom to fight anywhere.
wapttn
12/12/07 5:40:35PM
you guys are both absolutely right, M-1 gives him whatever freedom he wants with respect to fighting because cross-promotional fighting would be the only way to find any respectable competition for fedor (we all see how thats going). If m-1 had the calibre of fighters that the ufc had then there would probably be and exclusivity clause in their contract too. I guess we cant be sure, but I think that the ufc deal would've paid fedor more than he's making now. The ufc's contract was 8mil over 4 fights, and likely would've included a signing bonus and ppv income.. global has deep pockets, but for them to pay that much, without the platform and competition to create a big draw, they'd likely lose money. I for one will probably not pay to see fedor fight choi, monson, or rizzo.

From my understanding, people fight for the ufc because of better paydays, higher level of competition, more exposure, and likely better sponsorship deals. Very few fighters fight for a different organization because the other organization pays them better.. there are exceptions, but I think its safe to say thats a general rule. If you're an elite fighter, you plateau in other organizations quickly, as we've all seen in the last year, its hard to stay at the top in the ufc so for those fighters who are true competitors, the ufc is the place to be. Most other organizations offer more freedom to their fighters in terms of exclusivity because otherwise, they would sign with the ufc.

For the record, i'm not gonna be able to find a link, but I think the ufc agreed to sambo, but wouldnt agree to copromote events in russia with m-1.
allmotormark
12/12/07 6:11:06PM
this fight can't happen unless fedor is a ufc fighter , the problem is if he comes and fights randy and wins then he is the ufc champ...can't have a ufc champ that isn't in the ufc....that is the stunbling block, ....but really he was gonna get a chunk of money to fight 4 times...i mean whatever his problem was he could have let it go for 4 fights what is that max 2 years.... i think there must be something else that knowbody knows about ....something "under the table" that m-1 offered him....
cmill21
12/12/07 6:43:58PM

Posted by wapttn

you guys are both absolutely right, M-1 gives him whatever freedom he wants with respect to fighting because cross-promotional fighting would be the only way to find any respectable competition for fedor (we all see how thats going). If m-1 had the calibre of fighters that the ufc had then there would probably be and exclusivity clause in their contract too.
For the record, i'm not gonna be able to find a link, but I think the ufc agreed to sambo, but wouldnt agree to copromote events in russia with m-1.



I agree with some, but he wants to build the sport in Russia, the way your talking it's like he's not getting sponsership from US companies anyways, Affliction has him sponsored, not sure who else, also if he signs with the UFC his sponsorships in Japan may have suffered, since they don't have a tv deal in japan. Also as it was said, Fedor had a contract with the UFC that he was ready to sign, but when it arrived things were changed, apperently this was the straw that broke the camels back.
Darnok
12/12/07 7:43:35PM

Posted by Jujiden


Posted by Darnok


Posted by tuvok500

Wanderley Silva comment about Fedor !!!

Q: That’s an interesting comment about how important the UFC belt is to you. What do you think about Fedor Emelianenko’s choice not to fight in the UFC?

WS: He’s crazy . I don’t know why the guy doesn’t want to fight here. These are the best events. This is the biggest promotion. The guy could be a symbol here. He could have money for the rest of his life. He could do well with the promotion, with sponsors, with commercials, and many other possibilities. Japan is a good market, but the US is different. The American fans love the fighters. Everyday, people come up to me in the street. He needs to come to the UFC.

Fedor can talk , but at the end , he chose the easy ways, now his credibility is close to 0 !!






I so totally agree. Fedor is the one that turned down an awesome offer from Dana. How can Fedor say that Dana isn't allowing it. Why would Dana want Randy to go to a two bit org to fight where no one gets to watch it anyway.

I am sorry, but I can no longer believe Fedor when he says he wants to fight the best. I think he wants to get his win record even higher so that he can be a big star in Russia. I say Big Deal. Let him, we can all forget that he is even alaive and put someone else at the top of the HW list.






That's about as narrow-minded as you can get. Please. It's funny how when Randy makes a decision to leave UFC he's considered a free thinker and one to be admired, but when Fedor doesn't want to go with the UFC for many of the same reasons that Randy left he's considered scared and as one who takes the easy way out. Randy and Fedor are both top notch fighters who have half a brain to not get caught up inthe drama that is Dana White. Inconsistency is defined in Dana and while I give him props for growing the sport, he remains inconsistent with many of the things he says. If he tells media and fans that the HBO deal is pretty much sealed and that Fedor is pretty much signed and then doesn't deliver, how much more does he feed his fighters a load of bull. Randy saw it and left. Fedor saw it and didn't join up. Don't be a sucker and think for one second that anyone knows what its like to be in either of those fighters shoes when both are purported to be the best in the world.



I will not reply back to your ignorant comments about me. I would hate to see these awesome forums turn into a Sherdog rerun. I like the fact that on these forums we express our views and not have someone slander us for them.

The majority of the top fighters are in the UFC, so if you say you want to fight the top guys then you go to the UFC, not some small org your manager is in bed with. Take for instance Vitor, he is no where near as good as Fedor yet when he says he wants to fight the best he goes knocking on the doors of the UFC.

And yes I agree Dana comes across as a sleaze, but come on, so does every other business person who is trying to make billions and compete with other businesses. Look at everyone's opinion of Windows, they are the top dog but every one hates the brand, why, because they always feel sorry for the little guy that didn't make it.

I mean look at what the UFC spent to buy Pride in order to get the top guys together. Yes they had other motives (making money) as well, but they tried hard to sign all of the top fighters from Pride.

I do like the comments regarding Fedors manager being more to blame then anyone else but why can't he fire this idiot and hire a real manager.

You can't tell me that fedors manager was thinking "I will start up M-1 so the best fighters can fight each other" No he was thinking "Money Money". Just like Dana, they just have different stories to tell.
wapttn
12/12/07 8:24:01PM

Posted by cmill21

I agree with some, but he wants to build the sport in Russia, the way your talking it's like he's not getting sponsership from US companies anyways, Affliction has him sponsored, not sure who else, also if he signs with the UFC his sponsorships in Japan may have suffered, since they don't have a tv deal in japan. Also as it was said, Fedor had a contract with the UFC that he was ready to sign, but when it arrived things were changed, apperently this was the straw that broke the camels back.



I think that was the big selling point for fedor, his manager plugged him with ideas of building the sport in russia as opposed to going to america and making the ufc richer. The doode is a patriot and you cant hate him for that. I remember reading about how the contract was different when it arrived, but this wasnt confirmed or even acknowledged by any other source, could've been a misunderstanding, could've been bs from either side.. who knows. But like someone mentioned earlier, would it be too much to ask for fedor to make a bit of a compromise for 2 years? I think that the ufc would've gone to russia once a year because of how big a draw fedor would get. A ufc card once per year in russia would probably do a better job of building the sport than m-1 would having fedor fight a side show and an old man outside russia. Does m-1 even have an event planned for russia yet?
allmotormark
12/12/07 8:43:49PM
i totally agree ^
Jujiden
12/12/07 10:42:15PM

Posted by Darnok


Posted by Jujiden


Posted by Darnok


Posted by tuvok500

Wanderley Silva comment about Fedor !!!

Q: That’s an interesting comment about how important the UFC belt is to you. What do you think about Fedor Emelianenko’s choice not to fight in the UFC?

WS: He’s crazy . I don’t know why the guy doesn’t want to fight here. These are the best events. This is the biggest promotion. The guy could be a symbol here. He could have money for the rest of his life. He could do well with the promotion, with sponsors, with commercials, and many other possibilities. Japan is a good market, but the US is different. The American fans love the fighters. Everyday, people come up to me in the street. He needs to come to the UFC.

Fedor can talk , but at the end , he chose the easy ways, now his credibility is close to 0 !!






I so totally agree. Fedor is the one that turned down an awesome offer from Dana. How can Fedor say that Dana isn't allowing it. Why would Dana want Randy to go to a two bit org to fight where no one gets to watch it anyway.

I am sorry, but I can no longer believe Fedor when he says he wants to fight the best. I think he wants to get his win record even higher so that he can be a big star in Russia. I say Big Deal. Let him, we can all forget that he is even alaive and put someone else at the top of the HW list.






That's about as narrow-minded as you can get. Please. It's funny how when Randy makes a decision to leave UFC he's considered a free thinker and one to be admired, but when Fedor doesn't want to go with the UFC for many of the same reasons that Randy left he's considered scared and as one who takes the easy way out. Randy and Fedor are both top notch fighters who have half a brain to not get caught up inthe drama that is Dana White. Inconsistency is defined in Dana and while I give him props for growing the sport, he remains inconsistent with many of the things he says. If he tells media and fans that the HBO deal is pretty much sealed and that Fedor is pretty much signed and then doesn't deliver, how much more does he feed his fighters a load of bull. Randy saw it and left. Fedor saw it and didn't join up. Don't be a sucker and think for one second that anyone knows what its like to be in either of those fighters shoes when both are purported to be the best in the world.



I will not reply back to your ignorant comments about me. I would hate to see these awesome forums turn into a Sherdog rerun. I like the fact that on these forums we express our views and not have someone slander us for them.

The majority of the top fighters are in the UFC, so if you say you want to fight the top guys then you go to the UFC, not some small org your manager is in bed with. Take for instance Vitor, he is no where near as good as Fedor yet when he says he wants to fight the best he goes knocking on the doors of the UFC.

And yes I agree Dana comes across as a sleaze, but come on, so does every other business person who is trying to make billions and compete with other businesses. Look at everyone's opinion of Windows, they are the top dog but every one hates the brand, why, because they always feel sorry for the little guy that didn't make it.

I mean look at what the UFC spent to buy Pride in order to get the top guys together. Yes they had other motives (making money) as well, but they tried hard to sign all of the top fighters from Pride.

I do like the comments regarding Fedors manager being more to blame then anyone else but why can't he fire this idiot and hire a real manager.

You can't tell me that fedors manager was thinking "I will start up M-1 so the best fighters can fight each other" No he was thinking "Money Money". Just like Dana, they just have different stories to tell.




Sorry you feel that it's slander to make a point about your opinion. If I was going to slander you it would be blatantly obvious. My view of your opinion, however, remains the same, it's narrow-minded in light of the grand scope of the issue. I have no beef with you that I would have to slander you, but I have a right to disagree with you and say that the reason I do is because I feel you're being narrow-minded about the issue. Don't worry. This won't turn into a Sherdg forum regardless if you're wearing your heart on your sleeve or not everytime someone points out why they disagree with you. If I called you a slanderous name, that would be a different issue, but come on, don't take yourself so seriously. And have a nice day.
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