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Report: Fedor to meet with UFC in June to discuss matchup with Brock Lesnar

Photo by Todd Millen

Photo by Todd Millen

In a new interview with Adam Baker of DreamFighters.com, WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko reportedly stated that a meeting with UFC President Dana White is on the horizon.

“… Me and my management hope to get a chance to talk to Dana White in person in June to discuss a possible fight between me and Brock,” Emelianenko is quoted by DreamFighters.com.

Emelianenko competed last month during Affliction and M-1’s Day of Reckoning” event in Anaheim, Calif. Headlining against Andrei Arlovski, Fedor recorded a first round knockout against the former UFC heavyweight champion.

Despite the quote attributed to Emelianenko, he still has one fight remaining on his current contract with Affliction. In order for Emelianenko to fight Lesnar before his contract expires, Affliction would have to consent and would likely asked to be involved as a co-promoter.

Even if Emelianenko becomes a free agent, M-1 Global still holds his promotional rights and the UFC would have to meet their demands in order to sign a match between Fedor and Lesnar. Since M-1 holds his promotional rights, they would likely desire a co-promotional arrangement as well. The UFC has typically shunned such arrangements in the past.

While attempts to bring Fedor to the UFC have not been fruitful in the past, there is always the possibility of a compromise. Despite having been publicly critical of Fedor in the past, White has expressed a more favorable opinion of the former PRIDE heavyweight champion in recent interviews.

“You can just tell when you see this guy — I will tell you, he’s a bad mother[expletive]. You can just tell by looking at him,” White said two weeks ago in an interview on “The Bubba the Love Sponge Show” on Sirius Satellite Radio.

“He’s been considered one of the best in the world for a long time,” White later added. “I’d put him in there against whoever’s the top guy at that time. I’d put him in against whoever the top guy is… There’s a lot of possibilities for Fedor.”

20 COMMENTS
  • kidneybeans says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Too many obstacles in the way, it seems unlikely.

    But just in case it ever happens my prediction is Fedor wins by submission within four minutes.

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Fedor’s management could get him a blockbuster deal, but not if they insist on co-promotional rights, contracts for other Red Devil fighters, sports stadiums, etc. Here’s a novel idea: Fedor’s management concentrates on what’s in his best interests and not on peripheral demands that are in their interests.

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  • Grappo says:

    The eternal MMA prick tease.

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  • DrummerFFG says:

    This would be my wet dream come true…. Mmmmmm….open faced club sand wedge….

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  • Austin says:

    Somewhere a dead horse is being beaten.

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  • ldcpanther says:

    Not that this will ever happen but are we forgetting Brock has to fight Mir yet? Fedor by sub rd 1.

    If he were to fight Mir KO rd 2

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  • fightfan says:

    Better chance of Dana and the UFC offering top positions to the entife Shaw family.

    Come on, some writer, journalist REALLY needs to have his name out there that bad to the point in which he would say horseshit like this.

    ALSO POSSIBLE, but as likely as the previous would be me writing a story stating that a Fedor/Brock fight was “:POSSIBLE” at UFC 500.

    HORSE DOO DOO!!!!! Sad part is that some really gullible people will be calling their friends and saying that Fedor may be coming to the UFC!!!!

    SAD!

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    And I want to believe it.

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  • mindone says:

    awesome.

    it makes sense for all involved parties so it should happen.

    fedor would get massive name recogniztion. the ufc would get fedor and legititiamcy for it’s heavyweight division/
    they should build it up with a season of the ultimate fighter and some prime time specials..

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  • biggmoney21 says:

    Wait a minute, June? It takes four months to get a meeting together? Where is the meeting going to take place, on the moon? I’ve seen skyscrapers go up faster. I’m not sure what’s sadder, four months for a meeting or the fact that this is a story.

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  • mu_shin says:

    Lots of cogent comments here. Foremost among them, I think all real MMA fans want to see Emelianenko contest for the UFC Heavyweight championship with whoever holds the belt. A fight with Brock Lesnar would be epic, a fight with Frank Mir would be two of the greatest submission fighters ever in MMA pitted in a heavy handed battle.

    While Dana White has made some less critical statements about Fedor recently, he has said many times how the business team surrounding the Russian has made outlandish demands to even entertain the idea of having Emelianenko fight in the UFC. Just the inter-promotional angle alone, involving Affliction, M-1 Global, UFC, and Fedor’s “handlers” makes this matchup extremely unlikely. The UFC made over forty million dollars on UFC 94: they don’t need Fedor to make good money and entertain their fans.

    The only possible way that this fight could happen in my opinion, is if Fedor himself, personally, really wants it, and makes the personal and business decision to sidestep the obstacles set up by his “management team”, and comes out from behind the various contractual obligations he’s involved in, and makes it happen. No cross promotions, no back room deals or shadow considerations, just two guys in the octagon, testing their skills to see who’s the best at this time.

    Having Fedor fight in the UFC would be a boon for everyone involved. He would make excellent money, the debate as to the best heavyweight would have to be considered answered, the UFC would benefit in terms of prestige and I can’t see how they wouldn’t also make a bundle, while silencing the critics of the heavyweight division.

    Still, with all those positives, I don’t see this happening. Emelianenko has not demonstrated the personal independent thought that would be necessary for all the elements to line up to allow this matchup to take place. He might not be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but he’s making good money, has the freedom to pursue his outside interests like Sambo as he sees fit, and he keeps knocking down all the fighters they put in front of him.

    Again however, if Fedor does want to make this happen, Dana in his latest radio interview said he’s never met Emelianenko personally, never had a one on one conversation with him, so perhaps there is a glimmer of hope if this meeting actually does take place (even though we know Fedor does not speak English, and will always need help to communicate) that something could come of it. Hope springs eternal…

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  • wardog says:

    Notice how Dana’s changing his “Fedor is overrated” speech? And I doubt this will happen. Even if it does and Lesnar is to defeat Mir, why would Dana let a guy not committed to his organization come in and smash his champ? And right now that’s probably what would happen.

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  • s00nertp says:

    rofl:
    Austin “Somewhere a dead horse is being beaten.”

    This is sweet, this makes both parties look good IMO. Thanks for the article!

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  • JDamico23 says:

    I have a feeling June was set so that fedor can get that other fight out of the way because Dana wants nothing to do with Affliction, and would never give them the chance to tag their name to his product. Absolutely no chance of a co promotion. Id like to see this fight cause i think itd be awesome. Im not sure how much it would prove for Fedor if he won, considering he’d be beating a guy with like 6-8 pro fights, so Fedor lovers prepare for that mess. Could u imagine brock winning? Id love to be on here and sherdog the following sunday. I think if anyone were to beat Fedor itd be Brock, and i gotta say ill be pulling for him. Not for any disdain towards Fedor or anything, i just think id be rooting for brock. That being said, hopefully its not a big waste of time Superfight type thing where its one fight, then Fedor is out. If he gives the UFC a chance, and his management isnt asking for arenas, an escape helicopter, and football helmets filled with ice cream, I could see dana inking Fedor for the rest of his career, providing dana is willing to let fedor compete in sambo as well.

    I just thought…what if Fedor signs, starts training to fight brock, has a sambo match, freak injury, doesnt fight brock… Thatd be just appropriate for this saga.

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  • tmckee13 says:

    mu_shin i think that most people consider him the undisputed hw champ

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  • s00nertp says:

    It would be tough to have Fedor’s first fight in the cage be against a high caliber opponent though. .. it is nice to have one mediocre match to get used to it.

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  • darkmetal says:

    To take a line from Shakespeare, this is “Much ado about nothing”; Fedor won’t bail on Affliction, and Dana won’t copromote. The second part of the equation is a defiinite, the first part has to change to see Fedor fight in the UFC.

    I agree that Fedor does whatever his managers tell him to, and they won’t tell him to sign with the UFC until Affliction dies. I think we will see this issue come back up, legitimately, when that happens.

    Beyond that, it’s pretty much a non-issue.

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  • RU486 says:

    Fedor fighting in the UFC even for 1 fight is an enormous deal. Yes we finally would see who the undisputed heavyweight is, and yes we will finally get to shut the mouths of all the Fedor chambermaids.

    Here are my thoughts on Fedor:
    The only world class fighters he’s beaten are Nogueira, Cro-Cop, Sylvia, and now Arlovski. Keep in mind that all 3 of the Fedor / Nog fights were epics. 1 NC for an accidental head butt, and 2 decisions for Fedor. These were good fights.

    Cro-Cop had probably the most exciting fight with Fedor. But he got beat by two lower rung heavies in the UFC. That leaves the other 3. Arlovski couldn’t beat Tim Sylvia except for a bizarre Achilles foot lock. So that gives the credibility to the other 2. Tim Sylvia couldn’t beat an over the hill Antonio Nogueira (or anyone for that matter) so that leaves one man. Big Nog. After seeing Nog get utterly humiliated by Frank Mir at UFC 92, I have my doubts about Fedor laying waste to the UFC like so many claim.

    1. Mir would submit him. Fedor would throw a big loopy right, get on top of Mir, and Mir would submit him. Nobody in MMA has bottom jitz like Mir.
    2. Lesnar would knock Fedor out. His brut strength and speed would overwhelm Fedor.
    3. Cheick Kongo would TKO Fedor. Arlovski showed the world how to beat Fedor before he got cocky. Kongo has the power and speed to give Fedor trouble.
    4. The next generation of UFC heavyweights trickling in in the past year offer some problems for anyone. The fighter has changed. Keep an eye on these guys: Antoni Hardonk, Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Stefan Struve, Neil Grove, and my favorite, Cain Velasguez. These guys are all a different kind of fighter. All the heavyweights of past are going to quickly find themselves obsolete.

    Until this actually happens, Fedor will go on pummelling whatever chumps M-1 throws at him, legitimizing him as the “undisputed world champion” while truly dodging the best fighters and hiding behind “legalities” and ridiculous contract demands.

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  • Grappo says:

    1. Mir would submit him. Fedor would throw a big loopy right, get on top of Mir, and Mir would submit him. Nobody in MMA has bottom jitz like Mir.
    2. Lesnar would knock Fedor out. His brut strength and speed would overwhelm Fedor.
    3. Cheick Kongo would TKO Fedor. Arlovski showed the world how to beat Fedor before he got cocky. Kongo has the power and speed to give Fedor trouble.
    4. The next generation of UFC heavyweights trickling in in the past year offer some problems for anyone. The fighter has changed. Keep an eye on these guys: Antoni Hardonk, Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, Stefan Struve, Neil Grove, and my favorite, Cain Velasguez. These guys are all a different kind of fighter. All the heavyweights of past are going to quickly find themselves obsolete.

    1. Maybe. I’m going to have to wait and see how Mir maintains before I jump on his jock. Consistency is the key. Also, if anyone is going to get out of/avoid a Mir sub, it’s Fedor. As for his bottom jitz, I’d say Aoki, Maia, Hazelett, Jacare and a few others would more than give him a run for his money when it comes to ability. I see Fedor throwing a big (incredibly fast) loopy right (and left and right) that connects (as it usually does) and Fedor jumping on top to finish him off one way or another. Mir hasn’t got the chin to take a Fedor shot, and Fedor isn’t likely to get caught in a Hail Mary sub attempt.

    2. Maybe. This is the fight that everyone is interested in seeing, because it obviously poses the biggest obstacles for Fedor (and Lesnar.) It would be great to see them both tested.

    3. Maybe. Still too early to tell just how good he is. His wins over Al-Turk, Evensen, and a bewildered Cro Cop aren’t impressing me to the point that I would come close to picking him over Fedor. Fedor is too experienced and skilled to get KO’ed by one of your self-described “lower rung heavies.” (I’d like to see your reasoning for saying Kongo and Gonzaga are lower rung…) Though, anything can happen.

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  • RU486 says:

    Kongo lost in the past couple of years to Carmelo Marrero and Heath Herring. Granted, Herring had his days in Pride, but he is hardly a top rung heavyweight, and Carmello Marrero should be fighting at middleweight. I like Marrero (as all the Greco guys) and am very happy to see him fighting now at 205, but he was never much of a threat to anyone at heavyweight. Except for Kongo of course. Kongo has great potential, and in a couple of years his ground game will have developed enough to hang with the big dogs. His standup is incredible already, but sorry to say, his grappling inability leaves him very vulnerable to the top tiered fighters.

    As for Gonzaga. I REALLY like this guy. But he is entirely too unpredictible. One fight he’s surmounting one of the best highlight reel knockouts in history over Cro-Cop, and the next he’s laying down like a schoolgirl and getting TKO’d by Randy Couture and Fabricio Werdum. Randy, I’ll give him, but Werdum? He’s no world class heavyweight, and neither is Gonzaga.

    You are right about Aoki, Maia, and Hazelett. I haven’t seen Jacare fight. But I’m a big fan of Demien Maias, the future Anderson Silva Killer.

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