While many have viewed the recent defeat of Fedor Emelianenko at the hands of Fabricio Werdum is a sign of the passing of the guard in mixed martial arts’ heavyweight landscape, UFC President Dana White isn’t one of them.
“No matter what happened last weekend, this fight will determine the best heavyweight in the world,” said White during the recent pre-UFC 116 press conference.
The winner of Saturday evening’s heavyweight title clash between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will not only serve to establish a definitive undisputed UFC heavyweight champion, but also to crown the victor as the consensus top rated fighter in the closely watched division. The submission defeat suffered by Fedor, a man long recognized as the king of the weight class, has put the pieces in place to crown a new king of the mountain at heavyweight.
White went on to state in regards to Emelianenko, “You want to prove you’re the best in the world, come fight the best in the world.”
When asked if he was still interested in eventually bringing Fedor to the UFC, White seemed less than optimistic.
“I’m interested in these guys,” said White, referring to Lesnar and Carwin. “Now that he loses, he wants to come fight over here now? No, I don’t care.”