SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Dana White arrives at the TUF Australia Launch Party on July 17, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Talk about anticlimactic.
Roughly one week ago, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White took to the Underground to ask fight fans whether or not they would be interested in watching a bout pitting current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar against retired Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
Our Commander-N-Chief Thomas Myers wondered if the bored Octagon boss was trolling and based on his response to Ariel Helwani in an interview on UFC Tonight earlier this evening (Sept. 4), it would seem Myers was right.
"What happened was, there was a question, saying, 'Could Dana make this fight?' Then, I asked them, 'Well, how many people really wanna see this fight?' I was asking a question. I guess a couple people wanna see that fight. I'll tell you this. I have done so much to try and get Fedor into the UFC. You guys know that, and you know how I am. When I say this publicly, like this is an obsession, I gotta get this thing done, and I tried to get it done. The crazy thing is, now everybody's asking me if I can make this fight, but Fedor's retired! The guy retired. I couldn't get him when he was fighting. Now, we're on such good terms, I'm gonna pull him out of retirement?"
And there you have it, Maniacs. He was just asking a silly little question and we in the mixed martial arts (MMA) media took it and ran with it like we tend to do.
Then again, isn't White the one figurehead on Earth who can be heavily influenced by fans opinions to the point of actually attempting to take action based on response?
Well, the response was overwhelming.
Of the 10,000 votes cast here on MMAmania.com alone, 8,000 of you replied in the affirmative. It seems you Maniacs badly want this showdown, as do the many Underground folks who replied to his initial question over at MMA.tv.
That may be enough to prompt action from White but would it matter? After all, it wasn't that long ago he had a meeting with Lesnar and it did not go well.
Fedor, on the other hand, is apparently open to returning to active competition for the fight saying, "anything is possible."
Really, though, this may have just been one big troll job, just like Myers thought, done as a way to deflect attention from the various bits of bad press the UFC was dealing with after the cancellation of UFC 151 and the subsequent smear campaign against Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.
Mission accomplished ... I guess.