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Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012

Full Contact Fighter’s “The Daily Takedown:” Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko? Let’s Hope Not

Is a UFC comeback on the horizon for Brock Lesnar?

By Joshua Molina

Brock vs. Fedor?
There’s serious talk of the monumental fight on the internet after UFC boss Dana White asked fans on an MMA website if that was a fight they wanted to see.

That fight would be a great King Kong vs. Godzilla matchup, but unfortunately White is years too late and again not credible if he decides to promote the fight.

White has famously blasted Fedor Emelianenko publicly, saying he is a farce, overhyped and not one of the greatest fighters of all time. Fedor was undefeated for a decade and is widely regarded by everyone other than White as one of the best MMA fighters, if not the best of all time. He lost three times, however, in 2010 and 2011, and his aura of invincibility disappeared.

Fedor tapped out to Fabricio Werdum, in a fight that he was winning, until he made a foolish mistake, put his head down, and got caught in a triangle choke. He was then knocked out by Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, perhaps the most embarrassing of his three losses.

Fedor losing to Bigfoot was worse than Mike Tyson losing to Kevin McBride at the end of his career. In their primes, Silva really is nowhere near Fedor’s league.

Finally Fedor was knocked out by Dan Henderson, in another poor outing where he made a mental mistake in the match and let Henderson come back and KO him. Fedor finished his career with three solid wins against three easy opponents.

There’s really no mystery around Lesnar either. He been knocked out badly by Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem. He also tapped out to a much smaller Frank Mir. Lesnar can’t take a heavyweight punch. The last time he stepped in the cage he looked like a scared, beaten man just collecting a paycheck – before he ever stepped in the cage.

And since Fedor never fought in the UFC, White has done his best to humiliate and tarnish the man’s legacy, even ripping on Fedor’s fans. The UFC and Fedor’s management company, M-1 Global nearly reached a deal, but M-1 Global wanted co-promotion control of Fedor’s fight, and White and the UFC weren’t giving up control.

Should the fight ever happen, it will be entertaining to see and hear White try to promote the man he vilified the last few years.

As for the fight, it would go something like this. Lesnar would rush Fedor swinging, throwing punches. If Lesnar didn’t knock him out in the first minute, Lesnar, if he got close enough to Fedor, he would take him down, try to mount him and move into the ground and pound and probably TKO Fedor in about two minutes. If Fedor could connect on the chin, just one time, as Lesnar is throwing wildy, he’d probably KO Lesnar in under a minute.

This fight would have been epic – had the UFC done what was best for business three years ago – and booked the two fighters before they were both KO’d multiple times. No one is going to be surprised to see Fedor or Lesnar lose again. It would be a huge, sad spectacle.

But if the UFC is in fact about to jump the shark, it’s likely that White and the UFC will be looking to book more spectacle, gimmicky matches to hold interest.

Contact reporter Joshua Molina at jmolina@fcfighter.com. Or follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JoshuaMolinaMMA

posted by JoshuaM @ 3:59 pm
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