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Dana White: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Brock Lesnar Will Happen Eventually

Fedor Emelianenko / Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the UFC with his win over Frank Mir at UFC 100. But he still needs to beat one more opponent before he could call himself the undisputed heavyweight champion of MMA.

That opponent, of course, is Fedor Emelianenko, who is widely regarded as the best heavyweight in the world, but who has never fought in the UFC because he won't agree to the UFC's contractual demands. A Fedor vs. Lesnar fight would be the biggest heavyweight fight in MMA history, and UFC President Dana White said after UFC 100 that he's confident he can make it happen.

"This whole Fedor thing has been going on and on and on," White said. "I keep saying this and that about him and he keeps waiting. Eventually, Fedor's going to be here. I want Fedor. I want him to come to the UFC and everything else."

And although Fedor still has one more fight on his current contract with Affliction (an August 1 bout against former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett), White is already looking ahead toward getting Fedor into the Octagon and giving him a shot at the UFC heavyweight champion in his first bout.

"This guy just became the heavyweight champion," White said, gesturing to Lesnar. "We'll end up getting that deal done. And then we'll do Brock vs. Fedor, and it'll be a huge fight."

It would be a huge fight. And it would be a fight in which Fedor, despite a size disadvantage of around 50 pounds, would be favored to win.

Wild Night of Fights at UFC 100

    Brock Lesnar, right, gets in Frank Mir's face after their heavyweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009.

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    Brock Lesnar celebrates after defeating Frank Mir in their heavyweight title bout at UFC 100 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Saturday, July 11, 2009.

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    Brock Lesnar celebrates after retaining the UFC heavyweight title against Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar beat Mir by second-round TKO.

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    Brock Lesnar pummels Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Brock Lesnar tries to punch Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Brock Lesnar grapples with Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Brock Lesnar punches Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Frank Mir tries to block a punch from Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Brock Lesnar tries to choke Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    Brock Lesnar kneels on top of Frank Mir at UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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