Dana White Confirms UFC Was Deep In Talks To Pair Brock Lesnar, Fedor Emelianenko Together In 2012

UFC president Dana White broke a little news of his own Saturday night following the post-fight press conference at UFC on Fox 6.

It would appear that White and the rest of the UFC were deep in talks with Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko in 2012, and that they were close to putting them together inside the Octagon at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

We were negotiating for months. Then, after (Fedor’s) dad died, he said, ‘That’s it. I’m done.’ Then Brock said, ‘I’m done, too.’ We were right there. When I was talking about doing that big stadium show, it was going to be Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko.

Emelianenko retired following a victory over Pedro Rizzo last year, while Lesnar left the UFC in 2011 after a loss to Alistair Overeem. Lesnar and White met in 2012, and the UFC boss stated at the time that it was the worst meeting he had ever had with the former UFC heavyweight champion. White admitted Saturday that he lied about that, and that the two had a great conversation concerning the potential match.

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