Fedor Emelianenko's chances of an Octagon debut might have just gotten a little higher as his manager, Vadim Finkelstien, states that they (management and Emelianenko) are ready for the UFC according to bloodyelblow.com.
"You need to know Dana. If he says he has no interest in signing Fedor, then in fact, he really wants to. He says one thing, and doing another. How can you not want a fighter who can bring millions? Any fight with Fedor could break all the rating records in the UFC," Finkelstien said addressing Dana White's recent comments on having no interest in having Emelianenko in the UFC.
Although some can argue that Emelianenko's marketability has declined in recent years as he lost some relevance after suffering consecutive losses and scoring wins against questionable opponents, his potential for viewership is still high.
"We are open for dialogue. It's just that Dana White thinks that we will come to him, kneel down and say: "We are ready for any conditions to sign a contract." Of course, this will never happen. Fedor deserves nothing but respect. But like I said, there's still a high demand for Fedor. We are ready to have Fedor fighting in the UFC, it's just that we need a normal offer. And the fact that White is always saying that he offered us everything "on a silver platter" is a lie," Finkelstein said.
Contrasted to White's comments, Lorenzo Fertitta is open to contract negotiations with Emelianenko if co-promoting is not involved according to his twitter account.
Co-promotion with Emelianenko's management, M-1 Global, were one of the reasons contract talks fell through with the UFC in 2010.
Also in recent news, Emelianenko was targeted by the Indian-based promotion, Super Fight League. Unquestionably, the UFC would provide Emelianenko with superior competition as well as fiscal incentives.
Emelianenko and Co. have made the first move, remains to be seen how the UFC will respond to this development.