Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals dream UFC fight would be WWE legend Brock Lesnar against MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko

KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV revealed his dream UFC fight would be between Brock Lesnar and Fedor Emelianenko.

WWE legend Lesnar and MMA icon Emelianenko were once close to crossing paths in the octagon but a deal could not be struck.

UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov is one of those who wished they had and more specifically in his home of Russia.

Khabib, 32, told MatchTV via Lenta: "If just a fantasy, then I would take Brock Lesnar — a heavyweight. 

"And it would be possible to make him a fight with Fedor Emelianenko in Russia.

"It would be interesting to organise a fight between the stars of Russian and American MMA. By the way, anything can happen."

Emelianenko, 44, is considered one of the greatest heavyweights of all time and a pioneer for MMA.

But he never campaigned in the UFC, despite meeting with Dana White in 2013.


After the death of Emelianenko's father, negotiations to fight Lesnar broke down, and it has been UFC president White's greatest regret.

He told last year: “The only fight that I wanted to make that was never made was Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko.

“We were going to do it at Texas Stadium. But I couldn’t get a deal done with Fedor, so it never happened.

“We were in deep talks with [Emelianenko]. We were that close to signing him recently, right before his dad died.


“We were right there. When I was talking about doing the big Dallas, Texas, stadium show? It was going to be Brock Lesnar vs [Fedor Emelianenko].

“Remember when I met with him and said it didn’t go well? It actually went well.

"It went well, and Brock wanted to fight Fedor. Then [Fedor’s] dad died, and he was done.”

In similar circumstances, Khabib's UFC retirement came after his first fight since the loss of his influential father Abdulmanap, who passed away aged 57 in July.

With Nurmagomedov one win away from achieving his dad's dream of 30-0, White tried to tempt him back in a sit down on Fight Island before UFC 257.

But after Conor McGregor, 32, was beaten by Dustin Poirier, also 32, White revealed Khabib was uninspired and likely to remain in retirement.

The pair are set for talks once more in Las Vegas, but Nurmagomedov hinted he could vacate his belt to make sure the division moves on.

He said: “I told [Dana] I don’t want the division to be held up.

"But on the other hand, fighters have only just been in action and people already understand in general who we’ll see fighting for the title.

“I know they’re already making plans, I think for around May or June for a title fight.

“But between who? Dana told me he isn’t done yet. I can say that.

"When I told him the lightweight division needs to move on, he told me he isn’t done.

“He said to me, ‘When you fly to Vegas at the end of February, we’ll sit down and talk.’

“Dana needs to make some kind of decision. But whatever the decision, I’ll agree with it.”

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