Dana White: Fedor unwilling to un-retire, Brock Lesnar done with UFC

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The UFC President recently revealed that he has had recent (and separate) discussions with Fedor Emelianenko and Brock Lesnar, confirming that both heavyweight fighters will not see the inside of the Octagon ever ... and ever again.

Oh, what might have been.

Even if it would have been a case of "better late than never," a potential fight between Pride FC legend Fedor Emelianenko and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar would have been fun to watch. White has admitted that he tried to make it happen back when the "Last Emperor" was widely regarded as the best fighter in mixed martial arts (MMA) ever, but the "crazy Russians" refused his "insane offer."

And when he proactively resurrected the idea seemingly out of the blue just a few months ago, it appeared that he was fishing for justification to give it one last shot even though both had retired from the sport.

Based on his comments during his recent MetroPCS online chat with fans, White seems to have indeed done just that, revealing that he has had recent discussions with Emelianenko (or at least someone close to his inner circle), who once again rebuffed White's advance. He didn't go into much detail, but did say that he made the effort and Fedor is (still) disinterested in fighting under the UFC umbrella.

Don't expect that to change anytime soon, either: Fedor was able to salvage what was left of his MMA career, capping it off on a three-fight win streak after losing a trio of bouts that sent his stock, and possibly his legacy, crashing through the floor. He doesn't appear to be the money-hungry type to come out of retirement just so White can tell everyone, "I told you so."

Sadly, it was never possible.

As for Lesnar, White simply confirmed what we already knew, which is that he is content to make sporadic, mute appearances as a WWE heel and laugh his way all the way to the barn.

Oh, what might have been.

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