Immediately following Randy Couture’s loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 91, many MMA fans wondered if a future superfight could be in the works to pit current WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko against the newly crowned UFC champ. In all likelihood, it probably wouldn’t be possible since a Couture/Emelianenko couldn’t get done. However, Fedor and his camp still chimed in with their thoughts.
“He’s a very good fighter,” Emelianenko said about Lesnar. “He’s a very strong fighter. I’m very impressed with his speed.”
Emelianenko was surprised about how agile and athletic the 265- pound Lesnar was as he moved around the Octagon. Although he felt that Couture came in with a solid strategy, he feels that the one he would have against Lesnar woud prove better results.
“I would certainly take a different tactic to the fight, although I do believe that Randy had a smart game plan, but it appears that he wasn’t able to control the top position, which is what I believe he was trying to do,” the humble Russian fighter stated.
M-1 Global’s American vice president, Jerry Millen, released the following statement about their fighter’s chances if he took on Lesnar:
“We would welcome a Fedor vs. Lesnar matchup, but to act in a preemptive fashion to address the possibility that UFC officials will try and position Lesnar as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, much like they have tried to use a marketing ploy to brand Anderson Silva as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world,” the statement read. “In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the 1stRound.”
The original “superfight” was supposed to be between Couture and Emelianenko, not only because both held heavyweight world titles, but their career accomplishemnts and worldwide popularity would have made the battle a matchup for the ages. Unfortunately, money, control and greed has prevented that from happening, and Emelianenko seems content with that fight never happening.
“Nothing is ever certain,” Emelianenko said. “This is something that the managers and the organizers need to resolve. But I understand that in all likelihood if Randy stays with the UFC, that the chances of us fighting are much less, and hopefully our fans will be able to overcome that. We both have our history in the sport and if a fight between Randy and I was not to materialize in the future, there will still be other fights. I’m not going to be angry or upset about it in any way.”
In closing, Emelianenko offered some kind words to the fallen UFC champ and MMA legend.
“I would tell Randy that – I’m sure he already knows – he’s already in the history books, that he’s a legendary fighter, and regardless of the outcome of this fight, things just didn’t go his way,” Emelianenko said.