On August 1st, 2009, an incredible match-up of the USAT/SBN consensus #1 and #2 Heavyweights in the world were slated to lock horns, fight for a meaningless title but along with it, the true #1 spot.
However due to a poorly timed cycle and evident lack of masking agents, Josh Barnett was not licensed to fight and also sunk Affliction's battleship.
We've seen both men fight some solid opposition in the years after this ill-fated event. However, Josh Barnett has reclaimed his top 10 ranking and could even make a case to be given a shot at the UFC HW title and possibly gain the #1 spot, should he defeat Daniel Cormier.
Fedor on the other hand has followed in the footsteps of most men that he had actually beaten, and fallen down the ladder like Michael Jackson shooting a Pepsi commercial.
Regardless. Had we been able to see that fight back in 2009, who would have taken it? Recent developments almost have me leaning towards Josh Barnett, I mean if they were to fight today I think he would be a clear favourite... however in 2009 Fedor was still "undefeated". He was winning decisively and showed great heart coupled with incredible power when he nearly decapitated Brett Rogers.
What do you think?