Alexander Emelianenko Unlikely He

Alexander Emelianenko Unlikely Headed to the UFC Soon
Posted by UFC Junkie on August 20, 2007 at 3:49 pm ET

Alexander EmelianenkoDespite the UFC's recent influx of heavyweight talent -- including Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Fabricio Werdum -- one fighter that probably won't be added to the mix is Alexander Emelianenko, a top-ranked heavyweight and the younger brother of MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.

Emelianenko, who owns an 11-3 career record (including a 6-2 mark in PRIDE Fighting Championships), recently discussed his fighting future with the site, and the Russian made no mention of the UFC as a possible destination.

According to the translated interview:

Q: Hi, Alexander. I'd like to know in which mma-events you are going to participate, how and where you prepare for them?
A: I train in St. Petersburg in the Red Devil team. At the moment there are no fights planned for me. There are some negotiations going on about my next fight in Japan, maybe even in September.

The fact that the UFC didn't come up in the conversation isn't surprising. Although Alexander's brother Fedor has been in constant communication with the UFC about a possible contract, Alexander's name has only surfaced when Fedor's manager said he wants some of the fighter's Red Devil teammates -- including Alexander -- also signed to contracts.

UFC president Dana White recently stated that he's in contact with Fedor's management daily, but as of yet, no deal has been signed (or even rumored to be close to completion).

Alexander appearing to be afterthought in the process is a bit surprising, considering he's a legitimate top 10 or 15 heavyweight in the world. White has said he wants the UFC to have the world's best fighters (and he's delivered quite well in recent months). With previous wins over UFC fighter Assuerio Silva, Sergey Kharitonov and James Thompson, Alexander would be just that.

I blame that idiot Dana. I thought this was gonna be the Super Bowl of MMA.

is it cue or queue?

Scratch that, it's cue


Them damn Russkies.

cue is for the white ball knocking all the colored balls off the table.

BLAF- The HW Division is weak?

That's the most retarded post of the day.

Congrats on that.

Questionable talents aside, Alexander is an ex-con, so the work visa acquisition would be an additional overhead, on top of whatever other ridiculous contract stipulations Finkelstein is after...

Exactly BLAF. The whole div is so jumbled that who can really say where anyone is in the rankings...

Except for Pride fanboys making calls off the back of old fights and fanciful results which have proven to be just that. Fantasy.

that sux. Aleks is one of my favorite fighters.

Wow BLAF... just wow.

Ignorance at its best right there.


No, I was mainly just avoiding getting into an argument where you would chase your tail trying to explain how the HW division is weak with Big Nog, Filipovic, Arlovski, Coutoure, Werdum.

Since you're the type of person that has to use name-calling because they can't think of anything valuable to add.

All you said was the HW division was weak.

You didn't even specify UFC, you just said HW div.

You argued that there couldn't even BE a top 10 list- something which absolutely reeks of ignorance.

You obviously are a troll who doesn't know shit.

So I'm done with you.

(edited for name-calling)

"All you said was the HW division was weak.

You didn't even specify UFC, you just said HW div."

He's right though... For years we had this pride driven expression that Pride HW's were better... What's happened??? CC KO'd, Verdum beaten, Nog looking like shite... There's truth here. Vera out of the game, Couture taking out the #1 in his first fight back...

And he didn't say the HW's are shit, however the HW div is weaker right now than it's been for a while, and it is indeed hard to rank them.

he's a top 10 HW, but barely