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Wednesday, 08/29/2012, 01:28 pm

Dana White Asks The Underground About a Possible Brock Lesnar-Fedor Emelianenko Match-Up

  UFC President Dana White has been uncharacteristically quiet since the cancellation of UFC 151 last Thursday. He hasn’t been seen or heard from on Twitter since August 20th which is extremely rare for someone who has over two million followers and 17,000 tweets. He was last heard taking Jon Jones and Greg Jackson to task for refusing to fight Chael Sonnen on short notice and causing the UFC to cancel an event for the first time since Zuffa purchased the company in January of 2001.

It seems White was in a joking mood last night as he appeared on the Underground to gauge fans interest in a potential heavyweight clash between former UFC Champion Brock Lesnar and former Pride Champion Fedor Emelianenko. I say joking because both men are retired from the sport and interest in this fight is virtually non-existent. This is a match-up that would have made sense in 2009 before Lesnar was besieged by stomach issues and before Emelianenko lost three straight fights in Strikeforce.

The last time we saw Lesnar in the Octagon he was doubled over in pain after being kicked in the gut by Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 last December. Emelianenko announced his retirement after dispatching Pedro Rizzo via 1st round TKO this past June. White and the UFC tried unsuccessfully on several occasions to sign the Russian, but because of the unrealistic demands of Fedor’s management team, M-1 Global, a deal never materialized.

There was brief speculation that Lesnar was considering coming back when he was spotted sitting cage side in Las Vegas at UFC 146 in May. White addressed his presence at the post-fight press conference, but nothing ever happened. After leaving the UFC Lesnar has returned to his former employer, World Wrestling Entertainment. He defeated Triple H at Summerslam on August 19th using a Kimura to break the superstars arm. Since returning to the squared circle Lesnar has broken Triple H’s arm twice as well as the arm of Triple H’s best friend Shawn Michaels in WWE storylines.

It makes no sense for Lesnar to leave the cushy job he has with the WWE. He makes a ton of money and doesn’t have to get hit in the face to earn it. He came to the UFC with one career MMA bout and quickly captured the heavyweight title, but after battling diverticulitis as well as fighters who had been training in the martial arts a lot longer than he had been, it was apparent his time on top was over. In the short time he had with the UFC he helped the company bring in record breaking PPV numbers and brought a lot of wrestling fans over to MMA.

As far as Fedor is concerned it’s highly unlikely his demands would change all that drastically and he seemed to be content with his decision to retire. After dominating the heavyweight division for nearly eight years and claiming 31 victories in 33 bouts, Emelianenko was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in June of 2010. It was his first loss other than when he lost via TKO because of a cut to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December of 2000. He would follow the loss to Werdum with losses to Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson via TKO. He was cut from Strikeforce and went on to win his last three bouts against the aforementioned Rizzo, Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii.

This seems nothing more than attempt on White’s part to take the fans minds off of the UFC 151 debacle. Fans may pay to see Fedor vs. Brock, but the odds of that happening are extremely slim and a bout between the two men would serve absolutely no purpose at this point in time.


30 Responses to “Dana White Asks The Underground About a Possible Brock Lesnar-Fedor Emelianenko Match-Up”

  1. Me says:

    Fedor did say in an interview one fight that still interests him is the Brock fight. But Brock is in the WWE and I doubt he’d be allowed to fight till his contract is over with them. Its a fight that’s still very entertaining and would gain a lot of interest but the fact of the matter is the 2 guys aint on top of their game, and they are not champions.instead of Dana joking about that he should really try and focus on trying to make superfights happen. We need more fighters like BJ Penn, Randy Couture who were willing to go up and down weight classes to fight the best guys out there. Hopefully they won’t be no difficulties getting GSP – Anderson to fight each other after the Condit fight we’ve been waiting for that fight too long.

  2. Canilive says:

    Fuck yea I’d watch that. I’m sure anyone would. That particularly more interesting than just facing fedor against a UFC fighter

  3. Paul says:

    Fedor is the greatest of all-time, the record speaks for itself. Brock was a flash in the pan, an untalented beast. What would be the point for either man besides a paycheque at this point? That fight just seems sad to me now.

    • Fedorsucksballs says:

      The Greatest of all time, lmao records dont mean shit unless they’ve fought worthy opponents, i could fight 100 outta shape nobodys in mma fights and win them all that doesnt mean id be the grestest mma fighter off all time

      • Yeahrightman says:

        If you followed MMA when Fedor was in his prime you’d know how it all really went down. He beat everyone and anyone they threw at him, the only meaningful fight that didn’t happen was the Barnett fight, and that was because Barnett was on roids. He destroyed multiple past and future UFC champs, and all in an aggressive manner that was exciting to watch. Not fighting in the UFC is a moot point because when Fedor was in his prime UFC was Prides little bitch, with guys such as Coleman and Silvia and Pedro Rizzo and Randy Couture. All who fedor either beat, or beat guys who’d beaten them (Randy.)

        So yes, MMA has evolved and Fedor got old, but if you say he is not one of the greats and a pioneer of the sport, you are and always will be an uneducated idiot in MMA circles.

      • Isaiah D says:

        You are an out of shape nobody.

        • ASDF says:

          He’s one of those ignorant fools, who listens intensely to Dana White, and believes with conviction whatever Dana says. If Dana somehow changed his mind, and said Fedor was a legend, this fool would suck Fedors dick. NO questions. Just kneel go. No sniff, no tease. Right to the throat.

    • jbeamazing says:

      fedor barely beat bret rogers I think brock would own him if big foot had his way easy wrestling the fat lame russian then brock would kill his overrated ass in the first round like BUCK ROGERS almost did

    • if fedor & lesnar could see your comments right now. they will kill each other in a heartbeat just to prove something to every1.

    • Make him fight Shogun says:

      Brock is very talented. He has great wrestling. He is huge, but he has the wrestling skills to go with it. Just because a good striker can outstrike him and ko him does not mean he isn’t talented.

      He has some talent. Not the best well rounded fighter but nobody can do what he was able to do. You think that it was all luck?

  4. MMACRAVER says:


  5. Hellscream says:

    I’d watch that over any potential UFC matchup that could be made right now, honestly. I really can’t explain why I’d still like to see it, I just would. I’d buy that PPV right now.

  6. CPP says:

    Fedor and Lesnar? Whoa damn.

  7. KIDD433 says:

    If Dana really wants it to happen,he can make it happen.What do they got to lose?I say F U C K IT.Make it happen…

  8. Pepper says:

    How about Fedor vs Overeem?

  9. Zack says:

    Fedor would whoop Brock’s ass.

  10. Dee says:

    If Dana really cared he could make that happen by allowing both fighters to fight without a contract and being fair with the profits, but that’s unreasonable considering that would set precedent. I would also pay to see a Fedor vs Brock

  11. Cmac says:

    Fedor vs Lesnar. ……. Think of the PPV. I think this is the smartest thing to come out of Dana Whites mouth even if he was joking. Seriously make it happen.

  12. slacker says:

    Pretty meaningless fight other than watching two gladiators battle it out.

  13. H-Bomb says:

    Lesnar Fedor match up would make tones of dollar signs and that’s what Dana white is about. Take away Dana’s love for the sport and the fans (if any) out of the equation, he would make that fight in a heartbeat. Why else would he ask the fans what fight they would like to see? So he can make those fights happen to get more ppv buys that’s the bottom line. A one off fight everybody makes a bunch of cash at a year end show perhaps cough* cough* just saying….unlikely but still a possibility be it as far fetched as it is

  14. 123 says:

    brock lesnar was over hyped & hes stupid. hes a wrestler so why stand with a kick boxer? for like 3 fights he was a punch bag, fedor would tko him unless brock got on top of him, it would of been an amazing fight 2 year ago.

  15. GRT 3000 says:

    it would serve abt as much purpose as Chael Sonnen fighting Jon Jones…circus entertainment value. & with no bearing on rank within the division. Dana is starting to get a bit WWE in his match-up mentality these days. not a good sign for the sport long term imo.

  16. jbeamazing says:

    fedor is happy fighting ufc champs from 2002 Brock is too new of a past champ for him and by the way. maybe if fedor trains real hard he will fight ken shamrock for a loaf of bread in Russia fedor should stay away from and fighter with wrestling let alone a division one champion

  17. ya herd says:

    What the hell is this bum doing!!!! nobody cares about brock hes a big pussy, fedor vs cormier i would rather watch fuck brock hes a big fag cant take a punch at all

  18. Dick Diaz says:

    at a time like this, the UFC needs to generate PPV numbers so i guess this fight makes a bit of sense.

  19. KIDD433 says:

    Who gives a shit which is more relevant,Or more in a slum?They were both supposed to fight some years ago when they were on top,Now they’re not in their prime,sounds pretty even to me.Contract aside,If you offered Brock To Fedor he would accept,or other way around Brock would accept.

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