"However, there are some outlying issues -- one in particular -- that as of this point we were unable to agree on."
Random unannounced drug tests, anyone?
Or he probably couldn't do wrestling in Japan. One of the reasons Fedor didn't want to come to the UFC was that he wouldn't be able to do Sambo. UFC was afraid he could get hurt and wouldn't be 100% in their fights. Of course the UFC was going to concede if it meant signing Fedor. Nobody got that kind of deal and I doubt Dana wants Josh Barnett as much as he wanted Fedor.
You forget that this isn't just some brutal sport where everyones out to kill each other. Its much more like a game of physical chess.-looney liam