On December 27th, the biggest fight of the night will not take place between an Axe Murderer or a guy on a Rampage. It will not take place between a guy who is as sweet as Sugar or a high-flying Griffin. But rather, it will be taking place between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir. And it's not because of the fact that it's between the second best heavyweight in the world and a guy who is looking to reclaim what was once his. It's not because Nogueira has shown a penchant for getting floored in his last few fights either. It's not because it's a battle between two of the greatest ground Heavyweights to ever grace the octagon. There is an underlying reason why this fight is the biggest fight of UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008.
In order to legitimatize the hulking monster that is Brock Lesnar, Dana White and Zuffa needs a clear victor between Nogueira and Mir. And it's not the one that Brock wants to win. Lesnar stated that he wants to fight Mir again just to simply get his revenge for the loss he suffered during his octagon debut. However, Lesnar should be hoping for a different outcome. He should be hoping for Nogueira to defeat Mir. And I know you're all about to ask why. It's quite simple. Fedor versus Lesnar is why. Should Nogueira defeat the likes of Mir, and Lesnar defeat Nogueira when they hook up to unify the two Heavyweight titles sometime in 2009, it would set up arguably the biggest fight in the history of UFC's Heavyweight division.
Think about the ramifications that would come from Lesnar defeating Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in back-to-back fights.And just think about the ramifications if he were to finish Nogueira in the same kind of workmanlike fashion that he finished Couture. Could you just imagine the aura that would be coming off of Lesnar at that time? He'd hold three straight victories over legitimate (and dangerous) competition. The likes of Heath Herring, Randy Couture, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nothing to sneeze at. Nothing to diminish whatsoever.
Of course, there is another side to this potential showdown. The side that features the presence of the unbeatable machine that is Fedor Emelianenko. A man who has defeated the top Heavyweights in the world today. A man who appears to be a mythological beast that cannot be tamed nor destroyed. And his side of the showdown will take place on January 24th, with another possible fight after that. Should Fedor, and he likely will, defeat the likes of Andrei Arlovski, it will set up a big showdown with Josh Barnett. And should Fedor silence the Babyface Assassin, what would loom next for this man? There would not be much out there for him. It would be himself and Lesnar at the top of the mountain, in competing organizations.
In a way, Dana White needs Fedor to win. He truly does. And if Fedor does win, it sets up the biggest payday in UFC history. The MegaFight of all megafights. The showdown of all showdowns. The hulking rhino, Brock Lesnar, against the fearless machine, Fedor Emelianenko. Think of the buyrates this fight would bring. It would be just like the fight that never happened. Remember the fight that needed to happen, Couture versus Fedor? Well this would trump that fight. You would have the two biggest icons in the Heavyweight division clashing inside the world's greatest proving ground, the octagon. In a five round affair that would settle it once and for all, who is the greatest Heavyweight in the world today? Is it Fedor or is it Lesnar?
Lesnar, at the time of the potential fight, would have defeated Nogueira and Couture, the second and third ranked Heavyweights in the world. The only guy that would be left standing in his way would be Fedor. A very tough task for the greenhorn Lesnar. But a task that he would be ready for. And after his remarks regarding Fedor, I'm sure Fedor would be up for it as well. So when could this fight take place, you ask. How about in December of 2009? By that time, Fedor and Lesnar will have finished up their next fights. Lesnar with Nogueira, sometime in the spring-summer of 2009, and Fedor with Barnett, around the same time.
So by this date next year, we could be looking forward to a different kind of Ultimate climax to the year inside the octagon (and MMA). We could be looking forward to the meeting of the (arguably) two best Heavyweights in the world. We could be looking forward to the biggest Pay Per View in the UFC's history. And we could be looking forward to the one fight that makes the world stop. The one fight that begs the question, are you indeed ready? I know I am. What about you?
So here is to the idea of Lesnar-Fedor. Here is to the idea that all things can be settled inside the octagon. And here is to the idea that all men are not created equal. So let this fight happen. It wants to happen. It should happen. It could happen. And it needs to happen.