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.