5 Fights for Fedor Emelianenko to Take in the UFC
It was May 21, 2000, when Fedor Emelianenko entered the sport of mixed martial arts.
After starting off his career with a 4-1 record, Fedor would go on an historical streak where he wouldn't lose a bout in nearly 10 years.
However, that all changed when his 28 fights without a loss streak came to an end, as Fedor was submitted via Triangle Armbar by Fabricio Werdum in June 2010.
Fedor would go on to lose his next two fights, as his memorable career was crashing down right before his eyes.
But, Fedor bounced back in his most recent bout against Jeff Monson by way of Unanimous Decision.
While Fedor has never made the transition to the UFC, fans want to know what would happen if he did? Whom would he fight?
So, the following slides display five fights for Fedor Emelianenko to take in the UFC.
Let's take a look.
Brock Lesnar vs. Alistair Overeem Loser
On Dec. 30, 2011 Brock Lesnar will make his return to the Octagon after being off for more than a year to battle an illness.
He will take on none other than UFC newcomer and one of the world's most dangerous strikers, Alistair Overeem.
With the winner set to move on to face Junior Dos Santos for the heavyweight championship, what about the loser?
Who better for Fedor to meet in his UFC debut than Lesnar or Overeem?
Cain Velasquez entered UFC on FOX to put his heavyweight title up for grabs against No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos.
And, unfortunately for Velasquez he was dethroned of his gold just 64 seconds into Round 1.
Velasquez will now await his next opponent in hopes of regaining his much-desired UFC title.
Fedor may very well be the best possible match up for Velasquez at some point in 2012.
Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Winner
On Dec. 10, 2011, the UFC will travel to Toronto for UFC 140.
Featured on the main card is world-class submission artist Frank Mir, who will square off with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in a heavyweight showdown.
And, while the winner won't have done enough to earn themselves a title shot against Junior Dos Santos, they could find themselves meeting MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Fedor vs. Mir or Nogueira could be a perfect UFC debut for the Last Emperor.
While Roy Nelson is more than likely the slimmest of possibilities, there's certainly an outside chance.
With Fedor having lost three of his last four fights, he may have to prove himself before facing the elite opponents in the UFC heavyweight division.
Nelson is coming off arguably the biggest win of his career over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 137 and could be the right fit for Fedor if he were to make the transition to the UFC.
While Shane Carwin has much less experience than Fedor, their careers are very similar.
After starting off his mixed martial arts career with a perfect 12-0 record, Carwin was stripped of his heavyweight title by Brock Lesnar at UFC 116.
Carwin has now lost two consecutive fights and will look to get his career back on track when 2012 rolls around.
Fedor vs. Carwin has potential to be one of the best fights of 2012.