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Report: Fedor Emelianenko, UFC “Finalizing” Deal

Fedor EmelianenkoAccording to the LA Times, citing an unnamed source with information on the negotiations, Fedor Emelianenko and the UFC are finalizing a deal that would see the top-ranked heavyweight compete inside the Octagon:

A long-awaited agreement between the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the man considered the world’s best mixed martial arts fighter, Fedor Emelianenko, is expected to be announced by UFC President Dana White on Friday, a source with information about the negotiations told The Times today.

The source, who asked not to be identified because he’s not authorized to speak publicly about the dealings, called negotiations between the UFC and Fedor “very civil” just days after Fedor’s scheduled Affliction Trilogy fight Saturday against Josh Barnett was canceled.

Take the report with a grain of salt, but if things are finalized and Fedor agrees to fight in the UFC, a heavyweight title bout against Brock Lesnar is up first for “The Last Emperor”.

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