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WTF of the Day: Lesnar vs. Emelianenko Allegedly in the Works… For Japanese Pro Wrestling Bout

(“What the hell did you put in my Bud Light?”)

According to Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome Federation is trying to put together a pro wrestling bout between recently retired former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and former PRIDE and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

The chances of the one-off fake fight happening are slim-to-none considering Brock mentioned that one of the main reasons he retired was to spend more time with his family after his pair of diverticulitis scares the past two years. Travelling to Japan likely isn’t high on his list of family vacations.

Japanese promoters have used the tactic of “announcing” that they are trying to set up fights between big name fighters for years. It’s likely that this latest “news” is a calculated publicity stunt by IGF to conjure up a story, or else they are trying to pressure one or both of the two to perform under their banner. Either way, we probably won’t see Brock or Fedor inside the IGF squared circle anytime soon.

UFC president Dana White recently said during a tipsy interview outside an L.A. club that Brock has his blessing to wrestle again, but that statement contradicts what he said at the UFC 141 post-fight press conference.

“When you retire, he retires under contract. I have no idea [how long the remainder of his contract is]. Listen, I’ve had my moments with Brock Lesnar, but I’ve had a great relationship with him and we’ll figure it out; no big deal,” White explained when asked if Lesnar would be given the go-ahead to return to the WWE. “[We've] never had a situation with a guy where we haven’t done the right thing.”

Depends on who you ask I guess. Remember when Jon Fitch tried to retain ownership of his likeness?

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Cestus84- January 13, 2012 at 11:41 am
Uhh, will ZUFFA (by ZUFFA I mean Dana) even allow this. Maybe since he's "retired" now, they wont have a say in this. Either way, Fedor by stone cold stunner.
Fatty McDickbutts- January 13, 2012 at 9:49 am
phantom151- January 13, 2012 at 8:03 am
Brock might have a chance if he isnt getting punched in the face
ArmFarmer- January 13, 2012 at 6:29 am
Fedor would be the worst pro wrestler ever... it requires acting, showmanship, and charisma. Fedor just stands there with that blank look on his face all the time, I just can't see him pulling off a wwe persona. He's too boring for that stuff, I don't think this will ever happen. I can't believe that stuff is still popular.. i mean i use to love it.. then i entered the 10th grade.
Kaboom82- January 13, 2012 at 5:19 am
So CP now reports on Pro Wrestling.

rlh61- January 13, 2012 at 4:29 am
Ah...I sure miss Edith...
SnackDaddy- January 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm
I still have enough faith in Fedor to think that he will never fight in a pro wrestling match. The guy's grown up pounding people around the globe to become one of the biggest names in MMA ever. Why would he ever sacrifice that legacy?
dranokills- January 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm
I see sheenaphone is still smoking the crack pipe.
Goddamn shame this piece of garbage is still around.

as for the topic: ignoring that stupid shit is the best thing I didn't talk about.
XENOPHON- January 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm
I called it days ago, Brock could make easier money wrestling. If him, why not? He owes Zuffa nothing, and Fedor sure as hell doesn't. I hope they make some bank if the details can get ironed out.
Poor Dana, not in control. Wonder how bad this control freak gets riled up over news that his ex-fighters can do what they want. He probably just gets a smug look on that pathetic mug of his.
Wait until Bellator and Viacom get up and running, and the Karma's of the world along with the current fighters under contract sign off the Zuffa tit.
Talk about panic...rating fall, income is scuttled, video game sales sag, and fight card headliners consist of mid talent fighters with great the Aldo vs Mendes card coming up...
Shit is gonna hit the fan....Fertittas might just call Boston to come get White.
the silver hawaiian- January 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Skeletor - agreed. Unless you want your image to the public to be layin' on dudes, he's not done anything.
RwilsonR- January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm
What not just an MMA match? It would make sense for both of them. Fedor could finally have a fight in the UFC.
Oh wait, he's still a crazy Russian under the management of Vadim Finkleschtein. Sorry, guess this was a dumb idea.
skeletor- January 12, 2012 at 4:14 pm
"Depends on who you ask I guess. Remember when Jon Fitch tried to retain ownership of his likeness?"
The UFC did the right thing. When has John Fitch ever done anything to improve his public image?
Bigslick- January 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm