UFC President Dana White needs he was in a position to ebook a combat between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko in 2012. White got here near placing this dream match collectively in Texas however was unable to agree a cope with Emelianenko.
The UFC boss advised UFC.com: “The solely combat that I wished to make that was by no means made was Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko.
“We had been going to do it at Texas Stadium. But I couldn’t get a deal performed with Fedor, so it by no means occurred.
White beforehand claimed Lesnar agreed to combat Emelianenko contained in the Octagon and the promotion was very near hanging a cope with the Russian fighter as nicely.
But talks fell via after The Last Emperor’s father died and that completely ended talks of a matchup with the American competitor.
White stated in 2013: “We had been in deep talks with [Emelianenko]. We had been that near signing him not too long ago, proper earlier than his dad died.
“We had been proper there. When I used to be speaking about doing the large Dallas, Texas, stadium present? It was going to be Brock Lesnar vs [Fedor Emelianenko].
“Remember after I met with him and stated it didn’t go nicely? It really went nicely.
“It went nicely, and Brock wished to combat Fedor. Then [Fedor’s] dad died, and he was performed.”