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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.

 

Thoughts?

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Not too interested in this fight,but on the bright side if it would happen I guess that would mean Fedor would be in the UFC. I think Fedor would win then we could see some good HW fights with him.

 

So this could be a good thing. But it doesn't make any sense at all. And won't happen anyways.

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I think the only way Brock would have a chance is if he's smart enough to just bull-rush Fedor and try to hold him down for 5 minutes. Even if he did that, I think there's too good of a chance that he gets submitted. There are too many ways for Fedor to win, and not many ways Brock wins.

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I think the only way Brock would have a chance is if he's smart enough to just bull-rush Fedor and try to hold him down for 5 minutes. Even if he did that' date=' I think there's too good of a chance that he gets submitted. There are too many ways for Fedor to win, and not many ways Brock wins.[/quote']

 

hahahahaha, really, just hold him down for 5 minutes, he would punch a hole in him!

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Not too interested in this fight' date='but on the bright side if it would happen I guess that would mean Fedor would be in the UFC. I think Fedor would win then we could see some good HW fights with him.

 

So this could be a good thing. But it doesn't make any sense at all. And won't happen anyways.[/quote']

 

All of this. I'm a Fedor Fanboy, I'd love to see him hit Brock with a chair that has a Russian logo on it.

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Brock was on the ground Pounding away on Mir for about 1 round and a half and Mir couldnt get any submissons off.

 

Im sorry but Mir is THE GREATEST Hw submission artist of all time you can't compare Fedors submission game with Mir and If Lesnar gets on top of Fedor itll be a short night .Be scared homie.

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Brock was on the ground Pounding away on Mir for about 1 round and a half and Mir couldnt get any submissons off.

 

Im sorry but Mir is THE GREATEST Hw submission artist of all time you can't compare Fedors submission game with Mir and If Lesnar gets on top of Fedor itll be a short night .Be scared homie.

 

I still think Big not and Mir are the top 2 heavyweight Jiu jitsu practitioners in the game right now with Werum as a close 2nd. Yeah Mir submitted Nog but if you know anything about jiu jitsu. It's that anyone can be submitted. That being said I agree-don't think Fedor can pull off any submissions off his back if Lesnar pulls off the same game he did with Mir at UFC 100-especially if he gets half guard, then he just needs to watch his base.

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  • 1 year later...

The UFC won't pay Brock's asking price unless they can make him a main event with a whole bunch of cans on the card that fight for peanuts.He would need a huge venue to pay Brock and fighting Fedor would do nbothing,he is washed up and Brock looked really bad versus Overreem,so there is no money to be made there.

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Anyway, both are done. Brock was a great physical specimen and athlete, but he was never a mixed martial artist. His performance against Overeem was pathetic, like he didn't ever care and just showed up for the paycheck. Fedor was a great mixed martial artist in his day (especially when most of his opponents were much more one dimensional) but the game has passed him by.

 

I'd still watch the two of them fight though.

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Hard to call. Brock is a scary strong guy, not exactly well rounded but incredibly dangerous nonetheless. Fedor has been in p4pGOAT discussion, and is arguably the greatest HW of all time. Hes slowed down in time but his skill set is still there, both would have nothing to lose. Only way it goes the distance is if Brock controls the pace with takedowns but he'd have to be fully aware of Fedor's explosive hips and Sub skills. If i had to pick a winner? Fedor via Sub or TKO. But thats a really good fight still imo.

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