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No deal between UFC and Fedor Emelianenko

They talked, they've parted. Again.

Another intense contract negotiation between Ultimate Fighting Championship and Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, considered the world's best mixed martial arts fighter, reached a quiet end Wednesday.

Emelianenko told reporters Wednesday in Orange, "The offer which was made by UFC is not interesting to us."

UFC President Dana White and company owner Lorenzo Fertitta were unavailable for comment.

On Tuesday, negotiations briefly inspired speculation (even within UFC) that a deal with Fedor would be announced Friday.

"Nyet," said Vadim Finkelchtein, president of Emelianenko's promotion company, M-1 Global.

Finkelchtein and Emelianenko want UFC to accept a deal that will allow M-1 to co-promote two or three Emelianenko fights for UFC.

However, UFC likes to secure fighters to longer-term deals and to control the promotion rights.

Finkelchtein said that negotiations with White and Fertitta ended cordially.

The Russians say they will await to hear any new offers from UFC while exploring opportunities with second-tier MMA organizations such as Strikeforce or entities in Japan and China.

"The UFC sometimes calls us the crazy Russians, but we're not that crazy," Finkelchtein said. "I don't understand the policy of the UFC. The UFC won't be able to control the whole world. The market is so big. . . . The UFC proposal doesn't give us a chance for us to do what we want to do."

Emelianenko has a 30-1 record that includes victories over former UFC heavyweight champs Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

A match between Emelianenko and current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar would likely be a pay-per-view sensation after Lesnar's main-event victory at this month's UFC 100 drew more than 1 million buys.

But for younger, hard-core MMA fans, this stalemate between casino-owner Fertitta and the fighter who trains in the solitude of Russian winters stands as a Cold War of sorts.

"They took a timeout and we took a timeout," Finkelchtein said. "We will work only on co-promotion conditions."

He said Emelianenko wants to "move forward" and believes with "100%" confidence he'll "fight this year."

UFC, meanwhile, is poised to have a Friday news conference expected to include a deal with ESPN and perhaps the addition of other fighters, not named Emelianenko.

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Why does M1 Global want and need to co-promote so badly??? Is it necessary?

I will laugh my ass off if Brett Rogers knocks Fedor out. And at this point I want to see that happen.

Finkelstein has done absolutely nothing in the MMA world so far and he talks like he is the one who built this sport. The gut is a nobody leaching of one or two good fighters. His pormotions have failed miserably and when he has "co-promoted", he has killed his partners. Personally I could care less what happnes to him and Fedor now.

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