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Dana White: Brock Lesnar, Fedor Emelianenko never returning to MMA

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A few months ago, Dana White went on the UG and dropped hints that he was thinking about trying to make a Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko bout in the UFC. It was obviously a pipe dream since both men were retired and Fedor could never come to terns with the UFC, but he threw it out there anyway. He also said he was set to speak with Lesnar a few days after that, but the meeting went terribly. Today on the Dave & Mahoney Radio Show, Dana was asked about whether he actually did try and put the bout together. He laughed and said "maybe", but laid any chance of it to rest with his next statement (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"There's so many new up-and-coming guys right now, which is very exciting. Bigfoot Silva looked good in his last fight so yes, the heavyweight division looks awesome. He's done. He called me a couple days ago. He's never coming back. He just said he can wrestle, but he can't fight. He was contemplating coming back. Neither is Fedor. They're both retired."

As everyone knows, Lesnar immediately went to the WWE after his last bout against Alistair Overeem in late 2011. He's been there ever since. Emelianenko announced his retirement after a knockout win over Pedro Rizzo at an M-1 event in June. Wrestling isn't easy on the body either, but training full-time and fighting would be brutal on Lesnar and he isn't getting any younger. This is probably the best decision possible for him. And Fedor's working for the Russian Council of Physical Fitness & Sports now, so his time is occupied as well.

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