I dunno about you, but I got sick of all the back and forth between Fedor and the UFC back in 2007. Fedor isn’t going to sign a standard UFC contract, and Dana isn’t going to give him a UFC contract that lets him walk away after they expose him to the masses. The End. But in the interests of keeping you guys pseudo-informed, here’s the latest salvo from Fedor’s camp pushing for a single fight deal to fight the winner of Lesnar / Mir:
Meanwhile, Joost Raimond, the operations manager of Emelianenko’s global promotion company M-1, invited the winner of the July 11 UFC heavyweight championship fight between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir to attend the Emelianenko-Barnett bout, and pushed for the UFC to allow Emelianenko to fight that man as part of a one-fight contract on a card that could be fully promoted by UFC.
That’s not the way the UFC operates, however.
“The fans can come out and push for this, and make it happen,” Raimond said.
In my video interview with Fedor, he said the UFC needs to treat its fighters “like a human being,” with Raimond urging the organization to make an exception to its typical contractual demands.
“They want the fighter’s mind, soul, body, heritage and his two cats and dog if they can get it,” Raimond said. “Let’s not do this with Fedor. Let’s try to figure out how to do this, because Fedor is willing to fight anyone, anytime, anywhere. We have an exceptional fighter here. People are saying, ‘Let’s see him fight the best.’ “
The most annoying thing about this situation is that both parties aren’t being all that unreasonable. Dana isn’t interested in building anyone up who isn’t interested in staying with the UFC. Fedor wants the freedom to fight for whatever organization he wants. These are two completely incompatible positions, so why do we continue to be shocked that a deal isn’t done?