Kevin Iole discusses the plans Dana White had for Fedor if he had come to the UFC undefeated with Steve Cofield.
Iole believes that a Fedor vs Brock event (before Fedor lost) would have had an excellent chance to break the all-time UFC PPV record of 1.7 million orders.
He says that Dana White told him they had thought about staging Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko in Dallas Stadium. The full interview is in the extended entry.
Just wanted to point this out to show that I wasn't crazy to say that the UFC lost big when Fedor lost.
"I also think that, had Lesnar fought Fedor, that same night Fedor would have dropped him and when they went to the ground Fedor would have submitted him one way or another, much like he submitted Tim Sylvia. Or he could have just punched him out and that's the same Fedor who comes with a flat tire around his middle a lot and there is a question also about his cardio. And if I bothered to examine it more closely, I could come up with a list of a bunch of other people who could have defeated Brock Lesnar this past Saturday night. You think of Alistair Overeem would have done the same thing and he would have been able to submit Lesnar on the ground and I think that Fabricio Werdum would have been able to have submitted Lesnar from the bottom, just like he did with Fedor Emelianenko."
I tend to agree with Goldman. I didn't see anything from Lesnar or Carwin that make me think they would walk through any of Strikeforce's top heavyweights. I think they'd have a great chance to beat Fedor, Werdum or Overeem, but I don't think it's a given.
Lesnar's cringing and cowering straight back while under fire is a sure way to get KTFO'd by a more polished striker. Something even Werdum could do. If I'm Fabricio Werdum, I look at Brock Lesnar and see a faster version of Antonio "Big Foot" Silva. Someone who won't be able to do much damage to me on the ground and will fade when the knees to the face start landing in the Thai clinch.
Regardless, it was a great fight this weekend, but I'm not seeing anything that convinces me that Brock Lesnar is the toughest man alive.