Aleks probably wanted more money than he's worth and wouldn't take less, sounds like someone else he's close to.
If you are referring to Fedor, Fedor does whatever his manager Vadim Finklestein does, he has nothing to do with what contracts are decided. Also money wasn't the issue with Fedor, it was the Sambo tournaments he wanted to do.
So just like you said "How untrue that statement is"
Fedor fights I want to see..
Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia -
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski -
hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..