Dana has recently stated that he no longer has interest in signing Fedor Emelianenko.
This is interesting because it comes at a time when Fedor is under contract by a different organization. Dana is known for not discussing or meddling in the contract affairs of fighters not under his "umbrella."
It is also peculiar given the fact that Fedor will soon be a free agent and available for signing in the UFC.
Finally, Fedor will be free to do as he wants. Is that really the right time to "lose interest" after what Dana White described as his "obsession" becomes available?
It is apparent that there are many holes in Brock Lesnar's game. It is very strange to still maintain such an attitude towards Fedor after his own champion, Brock Lesnar, at UFC 116, suddenly appeared to be so "human."
Is Dana afraid Fedor will come to the UFC and dethrone the UFC's cash cow?
Is Dana ducking Fedor?
It is possible.The following five reasons could provide some insight as to why.
Mark Coleman became the first UFC Champion to be defeated by Fedor.
In all, he fought and lost twice to Emelianenko. Fedor was in trouble as usual in the second fight but managed to pull off an armbar for the win.
Fedor first met Mark Coleman at PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 on April 25, 2004.
This performance was repeated two years later when they met at PRIDE 32 The Real Deal on Oct. 21, 2006.
Coleman did not take defeat well.
The second UFC champion to fall to Fedor was Kevin Randleman.
In one of the most famous clashes of all time, Randleman nearly ended Fedor's life with an enormous pile driver. Kevin slammed Fedor head first into the mat causing the entire arena to gasp.
Thirty seconds later Emelianenko was raising his hand in victory to the amazement of anyone who has ever seen it.
This fight took place at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 on June 20, 2004.
Fedor actually fought Nogueira three times.
The first fight resulted in a unanimous decision victory. It is a credit to Nogueira's toughness that he was able to survive until the end. It is hard to imagine how someone could stay conscious following such a hammering.
The second time they fought, the contest was stopped due to an accidental headbutt resulting in a no-contest. Fedor was dominating at the time of the stoppage.
The third and final time the two fighters met was at PRIDE Shockwave 2004 on Dec. 31, 2004. This fight was intended to make up for the no-contest they produced in the previous encounter.
Once again Fedor dominated, and once again the battle resulted in a unanimous decision victory for Emelianenko.
Fedor really laid it on him, and once again Nogueira proved he can take a beating better than anyone on earth.
Tim Sylvia and Fedor Emelianenko met on July 19, 2008, at Affliction: Banned.
Laugh at Sylvia if you feel you must but take note of this fact: Tim Sylvia fought for the UFC heavyweight championship nine times.
Tim won six of those times, en route to becoming a multiple reigning and defending UFC heavyweight champion.
That being said, he was knocked to the mat and choked out by Fedor in 36 seconds.
At least Sylvia he made a ton of money for that fight.
The real fight- though not much different:
Andre Arlovski is another name people like to joke about these days. It seems that being defeated by Fedor at this time would automatically label a fighter as a can...especially after the poor showing Sylvia produced.
Andre is also a multi-defending and reigning UFC heavyweight champion.
Andre actually scored one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history when he defeated Paul Buentello in a mere 15 seconds to retain his heavyweight belt.
Arlovski was knocked out by Fedor in three minutes and 14 seconds after seemignly dominating the fight.
A closer examination of the fight in slow motion reveals an entirely different story. A story in which Fedor is never touched by a single punch. Whatever the case, a single punch ended Andre's night in staggering fashion.
A closer look reveals a lot of surprises: