The UFC and M-1 Global have recently resumed discussions to bring top-ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC, UFC President Dana White confirmed at Saturday’s post-UFC 108 without offering details on the latest round of talks.
Negotiations between the world’s largest promotion and Emelianenko’s management broke down in July over co-promotion issues, but despite Emelianenko’s contract with rival Strikeforce, talks have apparently resumed between the companies.
“There’s a million different ways to cut deals,” said White in a post-UFC 108 interview with Sherdog. “I want Fedor more than the people that are yapping that they want him in the UFC. I want him more than they do. I like [Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Gegard] Mousasi too. I would love to have them both in the UFC and there’s a lot of different ways to cut a deal.”
Terms of Emelianenko’s current contract with Strikeforce, which was announced in August as a “historic, multi-fight deal,” are unknown. “The Last Emperor” is set to return to action against Fabricio Werdum at an April Strikeforce event on CBS.
Pictured: Fedor Emelianenko