bigken117 wrote:Wright2Reyes wrote:The Fertittas and Dana have done just about everything to get Fedor in the UFC. The only thing they won't do is co-promote with M-1. Which is completely understandable and hopefully will never do.
if White really wanted Fedor he would...why do you think he shouldn't? I don't care either way, but don't complain you did everything you could when you refuse to make certain concessions.
Here is an interesting article: http://www.5thround.com/news/6675/dana-white-i-did-everything-i-could-to-try-and-sign-fedor/
BTW, I have no freakin' idea how to make those links smaller.
Anyway, there are two totally different versions of the story. Someone has to be lying. Dana White said he did everything in the world to make the deal happen aside from agreeiing to co-promote with M-1. Why whould he? He doesn't need them for that. What Fedor and his manager bring to the table is Fedor, there is no value added with M-1's promotional capabilities.
I think Fedor and his manager are being pretty unreasonable. This fight, the one with Lesnor, would be the biggest MMA draw ever. The UFC would be more than capable of handling the promotion all by themselves. White said he offered 30 Mill for a 6 fight contract and he broke many of the rules he usually sets when signing top fighters in the world, like letting Fedor compete in Sambo while under contract.
On the other hand, Fedor's manager says no such 30 Mil/6 fight deal was offered. Bizzare, I know. Either the deal was offered or it wasn't. I have to believe that it was, simply because Dana seems pretty straight forward and since he made a public statement saying that was the offer, what would be the point in lying about it when Fedor's manager could easily call him on it and force him to take a deal on those terms?
I think once M-1 folds, and that's a matter of time, we'll get to see Fedor in the Octogon. But will he be too old by then? Who knows. I hope not. At this point in his career, I think Fedor would handle Lensor with ease but in three or four years perhaps not. Fedor's legacy is being hurt by this. I know he's made statements alluding to the fact that he doesn't care about his legacy and if that's true then it's a slap in the face to his fans.