The odds of ever seeing Brock Lesnar or Fedor Emelianenko competing inside the Octagon in the future would best be described as slim-to-none.
However, as UFC president Dana White told MMA Interviews recently, Emelianenko and Lesnar were very close to being matched together. It was Fedor’s management team, led by Vadim Finkelchtein, that kept the mega-bout from happening.
I really don’t hate Fedor. His management team made the biggest (expletive) in the history of all sports. We flew down there and tried to make Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor and it was for big, big money. They (expletive) laughed at it. I told (Finkelchtein) and he knows I (expletive) told him – not Fedor, Vadummy – I told Vadummy, ‘You’re one punch away from being with zero.’ He didn’t take it. They thought they were too cool and too slick.
Fedor went to Strikeforce, lost three straight to the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson, and is now competing around the world against such notables as Jeff Monson and Pedro Rizzo.
Lesnar, meanwhile, has since retired from MMA and returned to pro wrestling, signing a contract with the WWE.
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