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Dana White talks UFC on FOX 6, says Fedor vs. Lesnar almost happened last year


UFC President Dana White shared thoughts about last night’s action inside the Octagon in Chicago, Illinois, headlined by Demetrious Johnson‘s entertaining decision victory over John Dodson, and clinic performances by Anthony Pettis, Ricardo Lamas, and Glover Teixeira. Action-packed main card can be labeled a success, with virtually no ‘boring’ moments in any of the fights.

Also, Dana White managed to shock the reporters during a traditional post-press conference media scrum, revealing that back in early 2012 Fedor Emelianenko was very close to finally signing with the UFC. However, the situation changed due to The Last Emperor’s personal circumstances, and the final decision to retire from MMA competition (mmajunkie.com):

“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.”

  • Ariel Helwani will be taking stress leave after realising he didn't know about the fedor vs Brock plans back in 2012.. His ego was shattered.

    Dana you sneaky bastard, telling everyone the meeting with Brock went bad….Shame on you ! Everyone was hating on poor brock during that time .Kudos to brock for considering a comeback.

    • LOL that was hilarious Ariel- "my mind has been blown" lmao

  • the boss dont have to talk about every shit happend behind the scenes. so stop whining.

    • I think he was saying that in a lighthearted manner. Not really whining the way I saw it.

  • Damn I would have loved to see Brock get his ass kicked 1 more time

  • Man Fedor vs Randy will always be the fight that hunts me! Never happen the true Pride vs UFC fight of Champions. I could not care less about Lesnar

  • I guess it's ok to know, but honestly, that's some irrelevant crap now days.
    Some things Dana has toned down on, now that some big money players are around and sue happy. Like Bellator/viacom. He still gets the point out clearly though.

  • And we care about Lesnar/Fedor why again?

  • It would have been nice to see Fedor in the UFC. Knowing why he retired I would not be surprised to see Fedor make a comeback. When someone close to you dies it can make you rethink your life but often that wears off after a while. A year or two from now Fedor might get the itch. He will still only be in his thirties. If he does I hope he comes back in shape and with some modern training.

    • I have a feeling his father died while he was away doing MMA and it scarred him…just a hunch. He says now he wants to be with family full time from what I understand.

      • I get that. All I am saying is that things change, especially when we are talking about a guy that is a fierce competitor. People like that have a hard time not competing. That is why most fighters keep fighting long after it is wise to do so. I'm not making any predictions but like I said, a comeback wouldn't surprise me.

        • That is true but there are some competitor that gets effected by a death in the family. Fedor seems to be that kind of a man. Who knows He might get back into the fight game. Time will tell.