White: Fedor vs. Brock Lesnar almost happened last year

by Matt Erickson | source: mmajunkie.com
 

UFC President Dana White on Saturday said the promotion was close to getting a deal done for a heavyweight megafight between Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar, a fight that fell apart following the death of Emelianenko's father.

The fight, White said, would have been targeted for Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

The news comes as a bit of a surprise given the UFC's rocky history with trying to negotiate a deal with the legendary Russian heavyweight. The UFC couldn't come to terms with him several years ago, and he then signed with Strikeforce. But with that promotion, he lost three straight fights before rebounding with three wins and retiring in 2012.

"We were in deep talks with him," White said following the post-fight news conference for UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago. "We were that close to signing him recently. Right before his dad died. We were right there. When I was talking about doing the big Dallas Texas stadium show? It was going to be Brock Lesnar vs. (Fedor).

"Remember when I met with him and said it didn't go well? It actually went well. It went well, and Brock wanted to fight Fedor. Then (Fedor's) dad died, and he was done."

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ssj site profile image  

1/27/13 11:08 PM by ssj

lol @ peddling lies

chaplinshouse site profile image  

1/27/13 8:56 PM by chaplinshouse

so dana freely admits he lied to everyone? ("remember when i said it didn't go well? well i lied dummies!")  i know he couldn't reveal it and people ask questions but he didn't have to lie, just say you can't discuss

Alice In Chains site profile image  

1/27/13 7:26 PM by Alice In Chains

Agreed

WALES1 site profile image  

1/27/13 7:00 PM by WALES1

I'd still pay to see this fight.

Leghound site profile image  

1/27/13 6:37 PM by Leghound

I figured I'd get a 'how the F is this old news you faggot' before someone who understood saw the post, LOL

Ip Man 81 site profile image  

1/27/13 4:53 PM by Ip Man 81

If so...congrats....I am jealous...

Ip Man 81 site profile image  

1/27/13 4:52 PM by Ip Man 81

Lies

dermotfix site profile image  

1/27/13 3:50 PM by dermotfix

Dana to MMA fans: "Hey son, you know on how ya been bugging me for a puppy? Well, today after work I bought ya one. But, on the way? home I became hungry and ate it. I'm joking, I'd never by ya a puppy."

Chaelismyhero site profile image  

1/27/13 2:50 PM by Chaelismyhero

I don't believe anything Dana says.

Olive Garden Table For One site profile image  

1/27/13 2:43 PM by Olive Garden Table For One

by a mile