C-A-S-H.  Period.  FEDOR EMELIANENKO, inarguably the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world at any weight class, has been the sport’s highest paid fighter for years.  Since the UFC’s purchase of PRIDE FC, top PRIDE fighters have been hand picked and brought into the UFC to fight in the octagon cage.  Most UFC fighters don’t have much say in their pay and are, justly, happy to be there for the opportunity of a lifetime.  FEDOR is not just happy to be there.  He has proven to be the most feared and proven fighter in the sport.  His only fight in the U.S – PRIDE FC:  Shockwave – led to a  $2,000,000 payout , which poses a financial dilemma for the UFC.  How can the UFC pay FEDOR huge sums of money while present Champions, such as superstar ANDERSON SILVA, are being paid $45,000 for defending their title?  If FEDOR commands $2million per fight, what will happen the next time SILVA fights … what will he want to be paid?  In a sport where you can fall from grace with one kick to the head, established fighters may start asking for a big pay raise.  FEDOR needs the UFC as much as the UFC needs FEDOR.  Can you imagine the top mixed martial arts organization in the world without the ability to showcase the top fighter in the sport?  Both sides have to make this happen – both for their respective sides and more imporantly for the fans.  It would have been a shame to go through the 1970’s and to never have watched Muhammad Ali do what he did in the sport of boxing.  The best way to describe FEDOR would be to think of MIKE TYSON in his heydays … turbo charged!  The day FEDOR enters the octagon will be a wonderful treat for all mixed martial arts fans.  Just find a weakness in his game … we double dare you!

This is not a picture of UFC President Dana White on his back:

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