During a Monday night interview by Dana White on the “Carmichael Dave” show on KHTK in Sacramento, the UFC President spent much of his time sharing his thoughts on the bouts that took place during UFC 92.
However, towards the tail end of the interview, host Dave Carmichael turned the focus of the interview away from UFC 92 and asked White about WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.
Upon hearing Carmichael refer to Emelianenko as the “number one heavyweight in the world,” White became extremely animated.
“(Laughs) That’s so crazy! How can you call him the number one heavyweight in the world? The guy doesn’t fight anybody!,” he proclaimed.
Carmichael begun to rebut by bringing up Fedor’s 36 second submission victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia during Affliction’s “Banned” event this past July. However, the host was cut off by White before he could finish he sentence.
“After seeing what!? Tim Sylvia!?,” White asked rhetorically. “Everybody knocked Tim Sylvia down in the first round… Randy Couture knocked Tim Sylvia down in the first round too and took his back. Randy just couldn’t choke him out or he would have choked him out the same exact way Fedor did!”
Carmichael would also introduce Fedor’s past wins over Mirko Cro Cop and Anotnio Rodrigo Nogueira to the debate, however, White dismissed the victories by arguing that they took place several years ago. White was clear in his position that he doesn’t believe Emelianenko can be considered the number one heavyweight in the world because he hasn’t fought top opposition on a consistent basis in recent years.
“Could you imagine if I had stable full of guys that fought once every two and half to three years and said they were the best fighter in the world!?,” began White. “Give me a break. Listen, I’ve got no problem with Fedor. I’ve tried to bring him in many times (and) I’m still trying. If Fedor wants to get on the phone tonight I’ll try and cut a deal with him. But don’t call yourself the best heavyweight in the world unless you’re willing to come in and fight three times a year against the best. Annihilate all the best in here and I’ll call you the best.
“I want to make the fight. I don’t want to sit around and say, ‘No (Fedor) sucks, he’s not the best’ and not let him fight. I’ll bring him and let him fight everybody. I’ll even pay him — good money. More money than these other knuckleheads can pay him. You’re not the best to me unless you come in and prove it. Just because you knocked Tim Sylvia down and choked him out, you’re not the best. I mean everybody has done that. Andrei Arlovski did it; he heel hooked him in the first round. Randy Couture knocked him down and almost choked him out in the first round (too).”
White concluded the exchange by saying that if the UFC were to sign Fedor, he would only refer to him at an introductory press conference as “the fighter who many believe is the greatest heavyweight” and fans will only get to see if Fedor is truly the best until he competes against the best, presumably in the UFC.