UFC president Dana White has turned the fight promotion that he leads into one of the biggest organizations in the world. Countless times, White has put together mega-fights that break records.
However, there remains one fight that White is disappointed that he never was able to put together: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar.
“Obviously, I would have loved to make that fight with (Fedor) and Brock at that point,” said White, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com. “It would have been awesome.”
While many believe White hates Fedor, the brash boss said that is not true, adding, “I have nothing against Fedor whatsoever. I don’t hate the guy. It was always his management.”
The UFC and Fedor’s management team embarked on serious talks back in 2009. However, no deal was reached and Fedor went to Strikeforce. White was ready to offer Fedor a crack at Lesnar and the UFC heavyweight title in his first bout, but it wasn’t enough.
Emelianenko went on to struggle in Strikeforce, and has since announced his retirement. Lesnar, meanwhile, has returned to pro wrestling and the WWE.