by Adam Martin
This past weekend in Chicago, Ill., the site of UFC on FOX 6, UFC president Dana White dropped a massive bombshell to media members during his customary post-fight scrum.
According to White, the promotion had nearly comes to term with legendary PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in a dream fight at Cowboys Stadium. However, after the passing of Emelianenko’s father the former No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world called it quits for good and, after hearing that Emelianenko couldn’t be coaxed back into fighting, Lesnar, too, gave up on the idea of the super fight, presumably the only fight that would have been lucrative enough to lure him out of his own retirement.
Well, soon after Lesnar retired following his loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 141 he signed with the WWE. There was speculation that Lesnar might not be happy pro wrestling and that he might want to fight professional MMA in the UFC again, but today that’s been put to rest as Lesnar has signed a two-year contract extension with the WWE.
The news is according to PWInsider.com, who said Lesnar’s new contract will carry him to the conclusion of Wrestlemania 31, which takes place in 2015. His previous deal was set to expire after Wrestlemania 29, which takes place this April.
It’s the right move to Lesnar, who clearly shouldn’t be fighting in mixed martial arts at this point in his life. After winning the UFC heavyweight championship from Randy Couture at UFC 91, Lesnar went on to defend his title twice against Frank Mir and Shawn Carwin, who he defeated via TKO and submission at UFC 100 and UFC 116, respectively. Lesnar then went on to face Cain Velasquez at UFC 121, but lost the title after a brutal first-round TKO by Velasquez. After suffering a number of serious health issues, including a battle with diverticulitis, Lesnar returned at UFC 141 only to lose to Overeem via kick to the body, and he said in the Octagon that night in Las Vegas that he was done with the sport for good.
However, the lure of a fight with Emelianenko, a fight that fans have been asking for for years, was enough to at least make him consider donning the four-ounce gloves once again. Ultimately, though, the fight isn’t going to happen, at least not anytime soon as White said Emelianenko is happy retired and that he wants to spend the rest of his life with his family, not fighting in a cage.
It’s not likely we’ll ever see the Lesnar vs. Emelianenko matchup ever come to fruition, but hey, it’s okay to still dream about it.
What are your thoughts?