Here’s an interesting thought that popped into my head. Many people are comparing Randy Couture vs Fedor to Chuck Liddell vs Wanderlei Silva, saying it’s the new “Must Happen” fight of the sport. But I see one huge difference in these two bouts: Dana White worked his ass off to try and make Chuck vs Wand happen. As for Fedor vs Randy? Not so much.
The trials and tribulations of Dana’s attempts to get Chuck in a ring with Wanderlei Silva are well known. Dana sent Chuck off to the Pride middleweight grand prix, reportedly betting Sakakibara somewhere in the range of 250k that his boy would take out Silva. Later, he would again change standard UFC policy by allowing a PRIDE-signed Silva into the Octagon to challenge Chuck. Again, nothing ended up working out, but the key point is DANA DID EVERYTHING IN HIS POWER TO MAKE THAT FIGHT HAPPEN. I don’t doubt if Sakakibara said “Drop trou and bend over for this fight”, Dana would have done it. He would have taken Sakakibara into himself for that fight. Yes he would have.
So what the hell is so different about Fedor vs Couture? What was so different about this fight that made Dana and the UFC unwilling to bend on their standard terms like they did to try and make the Wand/Chuck fight happen?