Morning Report: Fedor Emelianenko says he never signed with the UFC because he felt Dana White 'personally' hated him

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Speaking through a translator, former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko revealed to WHOA! TV this weekend as to one of the reasons we never saw him grace the Octagon. Although UFC president Dana White once called his mission to sign the MMA legend an "obsession," Emelianenko now claims he's precisely the reason it never happened.

"In my opinion, everything was in Dana White's hands,' says Emelianenko. "Because at that moment, I just felt like 'this guy, he just hates us.' Like, personally to [me]. There were insults coming from Dana White all the time. There were many very loud things said, but for real nothing happened. It was [all talk]."

As insults go, White slammed Emelianenko in 2009 saying the Russian refused to face top competition and that having him ranked among MMA's pound-for-pound best was 'f***ing insanity.' Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelstein, was also a frequent target of White's, whom he unceremoniously dubbed, 'Vadummy.' Although White years later hinted at plans to lure both former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and Emelianenko out of retirement to finally meet, it never came to be.

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via jackjohnbrown.

Renzo Gracie: "It's going to be the first time in my life that I'll fight in my weight division."

Jack Brown Interview #93 - Renzo Gracie - October, 2013

This is number ninety-three in my series of interviews with MMA fighters and personalities, and for this particular interview, I'm honored to feature the legendary MMA and BJJ pioneer, Renzo Gracie. Gracie is a veteran of Pride, Rings, the IFL, and the UFC. He is also a renowned BJJ coach for four former or current UFC champions. Gracie, in his own inimitable way, took some time to speak to me about his career as an MMA fighter and coach, his timeline for his next fight, the upcoming World Jiu-Jitsu Expo, and life in general. Please enjoy the conversation below.

Jack Brown: We know that as a Gracie, you were born into the martial arts. What are some of your very earliest memories of learning Jiu-jitsu as a child?

Renzo Gracie: It's amazing, but I don't have a recollection of not learning Jiu-jitsu. I think even when I was a baby in my father's lap, he was playing fighting with me. I think now about how every time that he would play with me or take me to a park, we were always playing fighting. He always showed me moves and put me on his back and made me put the hooks on. Now I realize that he was doing the same thing that I did with my son growing up, teaching him how to fight.

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Check out the rest of the post here.

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