Immediately after Fedor Emelianenko lost to Fabricio Werdum on June 26 in San Jose, UFC President Dana White posted a big smiley face emoticon on Twitter. Until now, that had been the extent of his public reaction regarding Fedor’s loss.
In the following interview on ESPN 1100‘s The Gridlock Show, White talks about the lack of star power Fedor had even before his loss, and how the replay of UFC 113 on Spike TV had more than twice the viewers as the live “Fedor vs. Werdum” event on the same night.
White says he is glad he doesn’t have to hear about Fedor anymore. For years White has had to listen to people talk about the number one heavyweight in the world who was outside his organization. And now that Fedor was beaten by a fighter that got cut from the UFC for losing, White does seem quite pleased with how things turned out.
While it is true Fedor is no longer ranked as the number one heavyweight, he is still one of the best, and it is safe to assume most hardcore fans still want to see the Russian inside the Octagon before he retires. Does White truly not want to sign the Russian because of one loss, or is he just posturing?