LOS ANGELES -- World-renowned fighter and W.A.M.M.A heavyweight champion
It's only been 24 days since his 36-second domination of
"It's a unique situation," he tells MMAWeekly.com. "I don't think it's going to persist and I'm going to have hand problems in the future, I just think it was a one off situation."
Emelianenko and his managers arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday for another whirlwind tour of interviews and photo shoots. On Monday, he also met with
"We talked a little bit about everything," Emelianenko says. "But certainly one of the main topics was the possibility of having a fight together, and the realities that we both face, mainly that he faces, and whether the reality of having a fight can happen in the near future."
Though Couture says he would return to the Octagon to face Emelianenko, his current legal dispute may prevent the two from a future fight. The five-time UFC champ is currently in arbitration proceedings with his former employer over the terms of his fight contract, a battle that could theoretically stretch out for years. Without the approval of Las Vegas arbitrators, their budding friendship could remain just that.
"That's not what they're offering," he says. They're not even close to that."
Affliction, on the other hand, has embraced the idea of working with Finkelstein's company, including M-1 Global in the promotion of their MMA shows. Affliction Vice President
"If I had my choice, it would be a great desire of mine to fight on New Year's Eve," he says. "It's become a tradition. It's become something the Japanese have been waiting for, and it's something I'd like to fulfill to my Japanese fans. That's part of the reason why we're here, if it could be possible."