"As far as I know, [the UFC] give me Randy Couture, so there is talk about a match against this fighter. I respect Randy very much. Of course, to be honest, I would not want to fight him because I really admire this fighter, and we could have become friends. Oh well, a fight is a fight, and if they put us against each other, . As far as fighting in the UFC goes, I think I'll have to fight him, I won't have a lot of problems as far as cage is concerned."
-- PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko, talks about the ongoing UFC contract negotiations with MixFight.ru (translation via FightOpinion.com). The Russian plans to fight in a Sambo World Championships on behalf of Russia in November -- an event in which UFC President Dana White apparently did not want him to compete if signed to a deal. If Fedor and the UFC do finally come to terms he would more than likely fight inside the Octagon sometime in early 2008 against "The Natural."