Khabib: Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko would be my 'fantasy' fight

UFC pound-for-pound king Khabib Nurmagomedov reveals Brock Lesnar vs Fedor Emelianenko would be his ‘fantasy’ fight as he insists it would be a very ‘interesting’ match-up between ‘stars of Russian and American MMA’

  • Khabib Nurmagomedov has plenty of time on his hands after retiring from UFC
  • The retired Russian star has revealed his all-time ‘fantasy’ fight within Octagon
  • He says he would love to see Brock Lesnar fight Russian Fedor Emelianenko
  • Dana White did everything in his power to get the deal done back in the day

After retiring as UFC’s pound-for-pound king, Khabib Nurmagomedov has let his mind wander to his dream match-up within the Octagon.

While we have seen many enthralling match-ups down the years within UFC, the undefeated Russian chose one that many MMA fans would surely loved to have seen previously.

When asked to pick his dream fight with unlimited resources, Khabib 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.

Retired UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed Brock Lesnar would be in his fantasy fight

Khabib admits he would love to see Lesnar battle it out with Russian Fedor Emelianenko

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

At the peak of their powers, both Lesnar and Emelianenko were two of the best heavyweights on the planet.

And UFC president Dana White did everything to try and make a dream fight happen but unfortunately the Russian did not step foot inside the Octagon.

And last year, White admitted his regret at not sealing a showdown between the heavyweight pair.

‘The only fight that I wanted to make that was never made was Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko,’ he told

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

Khabib says it would be very ‘interesting’ to see a fight between American and Russian stars

Former PRIDE heavyweight champion Emelianenko was long considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and last fought in December 2019. 

Emelianenko is best known for his run with the Japanese promotion PRIDE, which saw him capture their heavyweight crown and remain undefeated as he tore through the division, taking down fighters such as Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Coleman and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira along the way. 

He then moved to Strikeforce where he continued a 28-fight unbeaten streak before being upset by future UFC champion Fabricio Werdum.

Most recently he has been a member of the Bellator roster and last defeated fellow PRIDE alumni Quinton Jackson by first-round stoppage in December 2019.

The 44-year-old has not officially retired from MMA and holds a current record of 39-6-1 with one no contest.

As for Lesnar, he has been retired from MMA since 2016 when he came up against Mark Hunt in what was initially a unanimous decision win.

UFC president Dana White previously admitted he regrets not making the fight happen

However, that victory was then overturned to a no-contest after the American failed a USADA drug test.

Lesnar is viewed as the most successful crossover between MMA and professional wrestling following his illustrious days within WWE.

Lesnar signed with WWE and debuted in March 2002. By August, he had already defeated The Rock to become the undisputed champion and the youngest in WWE history at the age of 25.

After an unsuccessful stint in NFL with Minnesotta Vikings, Lesnar found his way into MMA. 

His debut resulted in a defeat to Frank Mir but he soon became UFC heavyweight champion after beating Heath Herring and Randy Couture. Lesnar lost his final two fights Cain Velasquez and Alistair Overeem before returning to WWE. 

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