The Real Reason Fedor Emelianenko Won't Sign with the UFC...with a Twist

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The Real Reason Fedor Emelianenko Won't Sign with the UFC...with a Twist
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So just what is the real reason Fedor Emelianenko won't sign with the UFC?

Aleksander Emelianenko—Fedor's brother—has his own opinion on the matter and offered it up to the Russian website sports.ru.

"You can deal with UFC. I know that they have flexible contract system. All these talks about 'strict' contract terms with signing with UFC come ONLY from Vadim Finkelstein, who wants to push his own business projects through Fedor's fights."

So why is Aleksander calling out Finkelstein?

Perhaps he is simply looking out for his brother's best interests, or maybe he and Vadim have a strained relationship. Could it be he is posturing to get himself a UFC contract (not likely)?

The whole Fedor-to-the-UFC saga will always leave us with more questions than answers. Aleksander's comments lead one to believe there is more to all of this than meets the eye—as if that should come as a surprise.

So will Fedor ever fight in the UFC?

If you put any stock in "brotherly love," the answer to that question just might be, "if Vadim Finkelstein lets him."

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