Since the signing, Emelianenko suffered his first true career loss (he has one other controversial loss due to a cut from an illegal elbow) to Fabricio Werdum earlier this summer, while Lesnar was dominated by Cain Velasquez at UFC 121 last week. While a bout between the two would still do huge business, it has certainly lost its luster.
Emelianenko's manager, Vadim Finkelchtein, told AllBoxing.ru that the loss proved that Lesnar was more hype than substance.
"I have long said that Lesnar is more of a product of UFC's PR rather than a serious fighter and that fight clearly confirmed it," said Finkelchtein. "I do not want to say that Lesnar is a nobody, but he has very little experience. What does he have six fights in MMA? He's a pure product UFC, who met a real fighter and he lost."
While Finkelchtein was not impressed with Lesnar, he was complimentary towards new UFC heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez, whom he feels is the real deal.
"In my opinion, he is a very good fighter. Capable and strong," he said. "The UFC can now present him as the best in the world and it is certainly debatable, but he's really a fighter, not a product of PR."
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