Some big name fighters have been linked to the UFC in the past few months. In a recent conversation with Dana White, he commented on the status of the fighters.
To start, the UFC is looking to bring in some Japanese talent to the promotion. They are very close to a new deal with Caol Uno, with published reports indicating he could return to the UFC at UFC 99. The UFC has also expressed major interest in both Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto and Satoshi Ishii.
However, one guy White has not had discussions with is the former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi.
“I haven’t talked with Gomi,” stated White.
Also from PRIDE, Mirko Cro Cop had a very difficult time adjusting to the UFC. The Croatian parliament member was only 1-2 in three UFC fights during 2007. However, in spite of the underwhelming performance, White has not closed the door on a possible return.
“I’ve spoken to Cro Cop as well,” White said. “I’m not sure what he wants to do right now.”
The big star out there is Cro Cop’s former opponent Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko’s management and White have famously gone back and forth in the media many times over the past few years about Emelianenko’s possible entrance into the UFC.
While both sides previously made disparaging comments about one another, White is now taking a gentler approach when it comes to the consensus top heavyweight. White now admits interest in Emelianenko.
“I want Fedor too,” said White. “I do. I’d like to see him fight in the UFC.”