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    Default Vadim Finkelstein Responds to Dana White

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    M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein recently issued the following statement regarding UFC president Data White?s remarks concerning the possibility of a Fedor Emelianaenko vs Randy Couture fight in the UFC.

    "Dana says UFC?s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro-record. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I?m afraid that?s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
    I said it many times ? we are ready to make this clash happen in any shape of joint event. This bout is the most anticipated event in the world of MMA. But Fedor will not sign to the enslaving terms of the UFC contract while UFC won?t agree to make compromise.
    Why would Fedor need to prove anything to anybody? He?s already defeated 4 ex-UFC champions and twice UFC Interim champion in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
    According to White there are guys better than Tim Sylvia. Well, who are they? Looking at the world rankings one can conclude it is Fedor himself, Couture whose situation I discussed above, then it?s Nogueira, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. To face off with Josh or Andrei there is no need for Fedor to come to UFC. He?ll fight them at Affliction.
    I truly believe Dana White did more for MMA than anybody else, but at the moment he is the one who hinders the sport?s progress. He seems like a man with a big tasty pie who?s afraid that someone comes and bites a piece of it.
    All we want is mutually beneficial cooperation but the old conditions offered by UFC are simply unacceptable."

    Vadim makes clear and sensible points and its looking more and more that we probably never will see the Couture vs Fedor matchup anywhere now that Randy is back under UFC contract.

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    Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro-record.

    LoL @ anyone affiliated w Fedor talking about not facing top competition and instead taking on gimmick type fights. I hope Mr. Finklestein didn't bite his tongue off when he made those comments. Bwahahahaha

    Pot, meat Mr. Kettle...
    Lets go Brent!

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    Default Re: Vadim Finkelstein Responds to Dana White

    It's a big "if" that Couture would beat both Lesnar and Nog and Fedor would beat Arlovski and Barnett. Couture would be much older at that time anyways and if he's still UFC champ, his contract renews anyways.

    Dana doesn't want that fight to happen unless Fedor signs a contract to be in the UFC for good.

    When it was obvious that the UFC didn't agree that Randy was free as a bird in October 2008, we all knew this fight became a long shot and if Randy gets beat in either of his next 2 fights, interest will be down considerably.
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    Im starting to care less and less about this fight. Very unlikely it ever happens and if it does Couture will be 52 years old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p-jersey View Post
    Im starting to care less and less about this fight. Very unlikely it ever happens and if it does Couture will be 52 years old.
    Me too, if they each win their next two matches, people will make a lot of noise, but I'd rather see Fedor - Arlovski anyways.
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    Barnett and Arlovksi are really the only credible matchups left for the Last Emperor. Maybe Lesnar or Velasquez in time.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by DingoBrigade View Post
    Barnett and Arlovksi are really the only credible matchups left for the Last Emperor. Maybe Lesnar or Velasquez in time.....
    Barnett too.

    I'm kind of surprised at the number of people who say Velasquez - he's good, but hasn't proved he'll be one of the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clmetal View Post
    Barnett too.

    I'm kind of surprised at the number of people who say Velasquez - he's good, but hasn't proved he'll be one of the best.
    It's just a possibility, but I think he has an outside chance b/c of his physical prowess and I think his wrestling ability will serve him well at the elite level. We still don't really know what kind of chin he has, whether or not he can sense when he's being set up for a sub by masters like Nogueira, etc.
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    At this point, the only guys that have a shot at Fedor in the near future are Arlovski, Barnett and Lesnar.
    Lets go Brent!

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