UFC President Dana White's biggest regret? Failing to sign Fedor Emelianenko

Photo by Esther Lin via Showtime

At Friday's (July 5, 2013) UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, UFC President Dana White revealed his biggest regret, informing fans that he is peeved he could never come to terms with Fedor Emelianenko.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has accomplished more than many people could dream of during his time as the UFC boss; however, he will always regret never signing the one fighter that alluded him.

For years, fans begged White to make a deal with former PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, but nothing ever came to fruition.

He tried and tried to make it happen, even flying to a "crazy island" in "the middle of nowhere" to strike a deal with the Russian superstar and his ironclad management group headed by Vadim Finkelstein.

Apparently White nearly made a mega-fight between "The Last Emperor" and former UFC champion Brock Lesnar at Dallas Stadium back a few years ago, but it fell apart at the 11th hour when Emelianenko's father passed away and the 36-year-old made the decision to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) competition for good.

Emelianenko will definitely go down as the greatest MMA fighter to never have competed in the world's premier organization, and while he may be totally fine with that, White is not.

When asked by a fan at Friday's (July 5, 2013) UFC Fan Expo what is his biggest regret as the UFC's head-honcho, White stated (via Dave Doyle) that it is the fact he was never able to come to terms with the Sambo specialist.

White has stated on multiple occasions that he never felt Emelianenko was the greatest heavyweight ever, but he wanted to have him fight in the UFC so he could be proven right or wrong.

With Emelianenko having not competed since June 2012 and unlikely to come out of retirement unless it's "god's will," it seems there's a good chance the Russian never stepping foot inside the Octagon will remain White's biggest regret going forward.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.