Originally Posted by 5.0_CJ
Honestly, I'm glad they have worked so hard to build up Lesnar, because I hope Randy out smarts him and pounds his ass. It will look great for Randy coming back from such a large break and whoopin the latest and greatest. However, if Randy loses, it will be very disappointing, and really humiliating.
What puzzles me the most about this card though is if Dana is really serious about being able to finalize with Fedor for a fight against Randy, why would he risk him against a relative newcomer? Just how less interesting will the Randy/Fedor fight be if it a) isn't a title shot and b) randy just comes off a loss from a guy in his 3rd fight.
Dana is not getting Fedor, unless the UFC gives up half of their profits for the fight, end of story. Fedor won't sign the exclusive deal UFC requires. And M-1 won't let him fight UFC unless they co-promote the fight.
Randy will fight Lesnar, and then the winner fights the winner of Nog and Mir to unify the title. The assumption is that Randy wins this fight, then fights the fight against Mir/Nog, and a final "retirement" fight. Which is suspected to be Chuck. Unless UFC gives up A LOT, there's no way M-1 or Fedor will sign anything.
I'm assuming a January fight of Nog/Mir vs Randy for January to compete with the Affliction card, then a final fight around March for Randy.
If Affliction is still going, which I hope they are, we'll see Randy Fedor Summer of next year.