UFC Tried to Have Fedor Emelianenko Fight Brock Lesnar in Cowboys Stadium

Written by Tom Ngo
January 26th, 2013

Strikeforce M1 Global Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko

Oh, that Dana White. Remember back in May when the UFC president claimed his meeting with Brock Lesnar went horribly? Well, it appears the chat with his former heavyweight champ actually went great.

Not only did they talk about Lesnar returning to the world of mixed martial arts, but the off-and-on WWE superstar would fight Fedor Emelianenko (Pictured) inside Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Their top secret plans were foiled when Emelianenko retired following his father’s death.

“Remember when I met with [Lesnar] and said it didn’t go well? It actually went well. It went well, and he wanted to fight Fedor,” White revealed following Saturday’s UFC on FOX 6 post-fight press conference. “We were in deep talks with [Emelianenko]. We were that close to signing him. Right before his dad died.

“When I was talking about doing that big Dallas Texas stadium show. It was going to be Brock Lesnar vs. [Fedor Emelianenko].”

Wait up. WHAT?

“We were going to do the Fedor-Brock fight,” White reiterated. “Brock came down, we met, he came to that event, we went to dinner that night and he went back home. We were negotiating the Fedor thing, and I think when [Lesnar] heard Fedor was done, he said, ‘I’m done, too.'”

The UFC plans on taking its talents to Russia later this year. That’s why Emelianenko’s name became a topic of conversation on Saturday. Since the Octagon would be making its debut in Russia, why not have the country’s biggest MMA icon join the festivities?

Just because the Lesnar bout fell through, does that mean the UFC won’t make one final run at the 36-year-old?

“From what I understand, he has absolutely, positively made the decision not to fight ever again,” White said of Emelianenko. “Anything’s possible. I don’t know. When a guy says he wants to retire, you’re never going to see me chasing a guy who said he wants to retire.”

Emelianenko called it quits after putting Pedro Rizzo to sleep in July. The most decorated heavyweight in MMA history owns a 34-4 (1 NC) record and at one point rattled off 27 consecutive victories.

As far as Lesnar goes, that ship as definitely sailed.

“He’s going to do his stint in WWE and then go away,” White said of Lesnar. “He’s got a big farm up in Canada. He loves to farm and he loves to be with his family out in the middle of nowhere.”

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