You know it's a strange day in mixed martial arts (MMA) when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hall of famer Randy Couture is not allowed to enter the arena during this ZUFFA-promoted event, but Vadim Finkelchtein is.
Finky was spotted shaking hands and kissing babies at the promotion's UFC on FUEL TV 9: "Mousasi vs. Latifi" event last Saturday (April 6, 2013) within the confines of the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Yes, the same "Vadummy" who cost Fedor Emelianenko "big, big money" by balking at a proposed "super fight" between "The Last Emperor" and then-UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar.
I know what you're thinking ... Emelianenko is retired, so who cares?
Well, White has already announced plans to take his traveling circus to Russia as early as this year (see his plan here). Not coincidentally, Emelianenko recently remarked (see his comments here) that he wants to fight under the UFC banner in front of his hometown fans.
What better way to erase this painful memory?
With Lesnar resting comfortably as a part-timer in WWE, the former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion opted to remain retired following the death of his father, putting the kibosh on his 2012 debut in Dallas Stadium (yes, really). But you know the old expression: Time heals all wounds.
So does a paycheck with the ZUFFA watermark.
Of course, this could be much ado about nothing. White told MMA Fighting that he was unaware of Finkelchtein's presence and for all we know, Finky could have stopped at the Ericsson Globe Arena to take a piss and munch on some spettekaka.
Or, he could have been cheering on one of his former clients, UFC on FUEL TV 9 headliner Gegard Mousasi, who ditched the Finkel regime in early 2010. At this point, nobody really knows why he was there, but the camera man knew enough to keep him in the shot for a few seconds.
Let the speculation begin...