The long time animosity between UFC president Dana White and M-1 Global CEO Vadim Finkelstein is no secret. Dana, who refers to the M-1 Global team as "crazy Russians," has taken every opportunity to bash M-1 on his Twitter account, and also to bash M-1's biggest star, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
What is not well known, however, is the source of the rift. Most fans assume the animosity between White and Finkelstein has to do with M-1 Global's insistence on co-promoting any UFC event that involved Fedor. But that actually has very little to do with it. The real reason the two men don't get along is because of a fight they had scheduled, between themselves, back in 2006, at the height of Fedor's career in Pride.
Earlier, White and Finkelstein had lengthy discussions about Fedor coming over to the UFC for a super fight with then champion Tim Sylvia. The talks never produced any results, however, which led to frustration on the part of both parties. Eventually, the talks turned into arguments , and things got very heated. As a result, White and Finkelstein decided to settle their differences once and for all...in the ring.
The fight was to take place in Japan and was unpublicized and unannounced. If Dana White won, Fedor would be signed to the UFC for one fight, with no co-promotion with M-1. If Vadim Finkelstein came out victorious, then Fedor would be signed to a 3-fight deal with the UFC, with M-1 as co-promoter.
Well, as everyone knows, neither of those scenarios took place. The reason for that is because the fight was over before it even started.
In this Rear Naked Joke exclusive, we now present what really happened on that fateful day in 2006.
Both men entered the ring. Dana entered to Rage Against the Machine's Killing in the Name, which is also known as Fuck You I Won't Do What You Tell Me. Vadim came out to Fedor's entrance music, Era's Enae Volare Mezzo.
Anticipation was high as the two men entered the ring and squared off for the final instructions. But then all broke loose.
As Finkelstein and White stared each other down, they got a little too close for comfort. At one point, White leaned forward and actually gave Finkelstein a peck on the lips. This infuriated Vadim and he popped White with a right hand that sent the UFC president sprawling. White was unconscious and taken to a hospital. When he regained consciousness, his first word was "fuck." So were his next ten words.
Later, Finkelstein explained what prompted the sucker punch.
"He tried to kiss me on the lips like a homosexual," Vadim said. "I'm not gay."
White disagreed with Finkelstein's assessment of the incident.
"I didn't try to kiss him on the fucking lips," Dana explained. "I wanted to kiss him on the fucking cheek. You know, like they do in Mafia movies. The kiss of death. But he turned his fucking head at the last second."
Either way, the fight was scrapped and never rescheduled. And the super fight between Fedor and Big Tim never did take place.
Now you know why. And here, for the first time ever, you can view the video of this infamous event.