Arguably the greatest heavyweight ever Fedor Emelianenko sheds light on why he rejected UFC offer
In the greatest heavyweight of all time discussions, Fedor Emelianenko always gets a mention.
The PRIDE icon was one of the most feared fighters on the planet during his prime, an impressive feat for someone who famously never competed in the UFC.
Fedor went on the tear from 2001 until 2009 going on a 28-fight undefeated streak in the weight class where any one punch can truly change the course of a fight. During this period, the Russian knockout artist defeated former UFC champions Mark Coleman (twice), Minotauro Nogueira, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski to solidify his place in MMA folklore.
In the modern landscape of MMA, it is no longer the case that the UFC has the best fighters in every weight class on their books. However, back when Fedor was dusting elite opponents in his stride, they had most of them. Fedor was perhaps the most high-profile star they never managed to land.
Any hopes of him finally making his way to the world's largest MMA promotion were dashed earlier this year whenit was announced that he would be taking on UFC veteran Matt Mitrione for Bellator. Emelianenko explained to Lenta.ru, that the UFC had indeed offered him a deal, but both parties just couldn't see eye-to-eye.
"We have been negotiating with several organizations, but opted for Bellator, as the head of the organization, Scott Coker - an honest man, honest, we already have experience with it. His proposal we are interested in."
"Yes, this option was. From UFC I was offered, but it did not suit me. We have had disagreements, in particular - in the matter of promotion."
Pretty sure everyone can read between the lines there.