“For me, I think Fedor. I’ve always watched him as a fighter. I’ve always looked up to him. His overall size compared to the other guys, it seems he’s always mismatched, but he always has a lot of power, he has good technique on the ground, so I would definitely love to fight him. I’m in this sport to fight the best. I want to fight the best guys in the UFC and the best guys everywhere else.”

—Cain Velasquez talking to MMA Fighting about his ideal opponent

Out of all the UFC opponents Fedor could face, I’d have to say that Cain Velasquez stands the best chance of beating Fedor Emelianenko. I used to think Brock Lesnar could give Fedor a run for his money with his overwhelming size and strength but after seeing how poorly he takes a punch, I think Fedor would do something very similar to what Velasquez did to him. Velasquez on the other hand seems to have the whole package and would probably give Fedor a hell of a fight.

Of course, like all the other fantasy Fedor vs. UFC match-ups, we’ll never see it. Even after his mystique-busting loss to Fabricio Werdum, Fedor and Co. refuse to soften their stance on the UFC’s exclusive contract.

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