Apparently Vitor Belfort isn’t the only Affliction fighter that Dana White feels that he can sign (full article). White noted during last night’s UFC 100 post-fight press conference that he wants to finally bring Fedor Emelianenko into the UFC.
“Eventually Fedor is going to be here,” White noted. “I want Fedor. I want him to come of the UFC.”
While many feel that Emelianenko is the greatest heavyweight fighter in the world, Dana White went on to note that Brock Lesnar may be worthy of that title.
“I’m blown away by his [Lesnar’s] performance, he gets better every time,” White admitted. “Everybody in this room knows how great Frank Mir is at submissions. If you even get near that guard, you get submitted. Brock stayed out of submissions, he did a ton of damage. I mean, Frank’s face was busted up the first time they landed on the ground in the fight. This guy is a phenomenal athlete, he gets better every time, he just might be the greatest heavyweight champion in history.”
Emelianenko, who faces Josh Barnett at Affliction: Trilogy on Ausgust 1, 2009, is currently on the last fight of his contract with Affliction. Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio had told FightLine.com that he planned on re-signing the Russian heavyweight through 2012. However, Dana seems confident that we’ll see “The Last Emperor” in the UFC.
“We’ll end up getting that deal done,” White stated. “And then we’ll do Brock vs. Fedor, and it’ll be a huge fight.”