PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko — the most coveted mixed martial arts free agent on the planet — is scheduled to meet with UFC officials in Las Vegas, Nevada, today to discuss contract terms, according to Sherdog.com.
Here's snip from one of his managers, Apy Echteld:
"Our trip is not to shop between the organizations but to come to a final solution. Unless we go for the UFC, Fedor will be a free agent."
The International Fight League, Strikeforce and K-1 are other potential suitors for the Russian's services; however, the report indicates that the UFC has made the best offer to date.
Unfortunately, it seems the two parties still seem far apart on the same details that we recently passed along. Namely, if Fedor signs on the dotted line he wants to be able to also compete in Russian Sambo tournaments, have fights on Russian soil and also ink other fighters from his Red Devil training camp to UFC contracts.
If the UFC lands Emelianenko, UFC President Dana White has indicated that he will receive and instant title shot against current titleholder, Randy Couture. In fact, "The Natural" even requested the bout after his recent win over Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 74: "Respect" on August 25.
It sounds as if this is final meeting in a courtship that has been months in the making. Let's keep our fingers crossed.