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Dana White looking to bolster UFC talent roster

Some big name fighters have been linked to the UFC in the past few months. In a recent conversation with Dana White, he commented on the status of the fighters.

To start, the UFC is looking to bring in some Japanese talent to the promotion. They are very close to a new deal with Caol Uno, with published reports indicating he could return to the UFC at UFC 99. The UFC has also expressed major interest in both Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Satoshi Ishii.

However, one guy White has not had discussions with is the former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi.

“I haven’t talked with Gomi,” stated White.

Also from PRIDE, Mirko Cro Cop had a very difficult time adjusting to the UFC. The Croatian parliament member was only 1-2 in three UFC fights during 2007. However, in spite of the underwhelming performance, White has not closed the door on a possible return.

“I’ve spoken to Cro Cop as well,” White said. “I’m not sure what he wants to do right now.”

The big star out there is Cro Cop’s former opponent Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko’s management and White have famously gone back and forth in the media many times over the past few years about Emelianenko’s possible entrance into the UFC.

While both sides previously made disparaging comments about one another, White is now taking a gentler approach when it comes to the consensus top heavyweight. White now admits interest in Emelianenko.

“I want Fedor too,” said White. “I do. I’d like to see him fight in the UFC.”

  • s00nertp says:

    Fedor!!! wooot.

  • king mah mah says:

    Of course he wants fedor. He always did.

  • king mah mah says:

    Cro Cop would be a welcome return. Wish he’d never left.

  • dpk says:

    He did offer Fedor $1.5 million a fight already, so I think that shows that he is interested in him.

    With the number of shows that UFC is putting on, this makes sense to get more headliners, and continue expanding the business on an international stage.

  • Cathedron says:

    Now the UFC has something Fedor wants: Lesnar. That’s a big bargaining chip. Anyone who fights Lesnar gets a ridiculous level of exposure even if they lose (which translates into PPV % money). Fedor could really use that. And if he beats Lesnar, the casual fan will finally see Fedor for what he is. (Yes, I said IF. I can’t count Lesnar out completely in this fight, especially if it’s in a cage.) I think we’ll see Fedor in the UFC this year.

  • Baki_hanma says:

    Cro Cop Vs Randy !!!

  • Angry Mike says:

    If Lesnar wins the inevitable rematch with Mir, Lesnar v. Fedor is even more interesting.

  • GetItOn says:

    Cro Cop Vs Randy? Seriously? Randy will out maneuver Cro Cop, take him to the ground and G&P his face like Gonzaga did.

    White has always been interested in Fedor. This is not new news. The fact that they are talking again about business is good though.

  • 141.75 grams of pain says:

    Fedor vs. Lesnar….. Seriously people? Yeah PPV dollars, exposure etc. etc. But other than a puncher’s chance, what can Brock do to Fedor? Have you guys not watched his fights cuz you only get UFC PPV? Watching Fedor fight hurts me through the TV. Picture Rampage vs. Wanderlei, just switch Rampage with Fedor and Wanderlei with Lesnar. FEDOR LIGHTS OUT, KO :21 seconds, round 1, give me my PPV money back.

  • Dr. Sardonicus says:

    Right now, it seems the best chance to achieve the goal of “One Belt – One King” is for the UFC to acquire all the best fighters. Almost everyone wants to see Emelianenko Vs Mir or Lesnar; Penn Vs Aoki, etc. Title unification is the way to wider public acceptance and credibility. All these lesser promotions, each trying to get a piece of the pie, do little to advance the sport..


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