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MMA FAN DAMNATION (The UFC has failed to sign Fedor)

Posted in The UFC has failed to sign Fedor Emelianenko on July 31, 2009 by thatmmaguy

With every fan in MMA awaiting the news that Fedor Emelianenko will be in the UFC come July 31st, the MMA world was stunned when finding out that Fedor would still not be fighting the best of the best in the UFC or the wrecking machine that is Brock Lesnar. This is a huge bummer for any superfight and also for the sport of MMA.

 

Dana White announced at 2pm EST that they tried everything with the “Mad Russians” but could not pull of a deal due to cross promotion issues which essentially meant that any Fedor event, M1 Global would split the profits 50/50 with the UFC. Dana wasn’t having it and did offer a smaller percentage of the take but the “Mad Russians” would not budge. Since negotiations on either side would budge, knowing Dana White he most likely said “fuck it, I don’t have time for this”.

Now I truly believe that this Brock Lesnar superfight will not happen, where does that leave the dominant Heavyweight Champ? Is there anyone that can beat this guy that can be or is already in the UFC heavyweight division?

Well the press conference was a lot less exciting and more upsetting than I previously thought with Dana White basically announcing the same thing he did tuesday which was Tito Ortiz is back in the UFC lightheavyweight division and that the UFC picked up 20 Affliction fighters, non of which was Fedor. Where does that leave Brock? Some would say that no1 will beat Brock, hell a lot of ppl said Fedor couldn’t beat Brock. But I’ll tell you something, at UFC 104, 2 very qualafied Heavyweight fighters will be fighting for the chance at Brocks title and those two men are Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez. Both men come from similar wrestling experience as Brock and both men have more experince in MMA.
I know what your saying, your saying so what if they wrestled too and have more experience, Brock is an unstoppable force with lunchbox hands…… he will wreck them. Not so fast there pro wrestling fan. Carwin and Velasquez and not to be taken lightly at all and lets take a look to why that is.
Cain Velasquez (6-0)  is one tough son of a sinorita and has been competing like Lesnar since high school wrestling. With his dominating wrestling control of Cheick Kongo at UFC 99, it’s no surprise that Velasquez is a 2 time AA collegiate wrestler from Arizona State as well as a 2 time 5A state champion wrestler. Although a 6foot1 235, he would be at a size advantage to Lesnar bc Frank Mir is a larger man than Velasquez and we all saw how Lesnar handeled Mir. But Velasquez has great wrestling as well so this bout would most likely be on it’s feet the whole time, if Velasquez who trains with American Kickbox Academy was smart, this is what he would do against Lesnar.
Shane Carwin is the only man in MMA who has a past and giant figure much like Brocks. Carwin a NCAA division 2 heavyweight wrestling champion in 1999 is undefeated in his 11 fights and none of those 11 fights have gone past the 1st round. WOW, this full time engineer and father who also has time to train for UFC is who I believe is the one to take out Brock and a lot of Brock haters (I’m not one) want to see this happen to the ex WWE Pro Wrestler. I don’t think it’s hard to argue when you look at Carwins most recent KO against the big Brazilian that Cro-Copped (deadly left headkick that ends with a KO) Mirko Crocop.
But once again we must wait to see what will happen. we have 3 more UFC events til the Shane Carwin vs Cain Velasquez matchup. In my opinion Carwin will go on to beat Velasquez and aswell as Lesnar when he gets the title shot, but we will see.
-ThatMMAGuy
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What MMA Fight Organization Will Land Fedor Emelianenko?

Posted in Affliction Folds!!! Who will sign Fedor Emelianenko? with tags on July 30, 2009 by thatmmaguy

After hearing the upsetting news that #2 ranked heavyweight fighter Josh Barnett would not be able to compete against #1 ranked fighter Fedor Emelianenko 11 days prior to the august 1st bout, Affliction Entertainment began searching for a qualified opponent to replace Barnett. With just 11 days to find a worthy opponent for the #1 ranked Emelianenko, Affliction definately found themself in a pickle.

Although fighters such as Vitor Belfort (who was scheduled to fight on the same card for a middleweight bout), King Mo and even Brett Rogers (of knocking out Andrei Arlovski in 22 seconds fame) where of those to step up. It had just seemed that due to marketing for such a promotion in 11 days was not enough and Affliction ended up canceling the whole event thanks to the 3 time steroid offender Josh Barnett.

So, Where will the #1 ranked Fedor Emelianenko end up next? UFC, Strikeforce, Dream or will he just end up fighting for his company which he apparently owns 20% of, M1 Global?

In my opinion throughout these last 2 crazy weeks since the announcement and then the cancelation of the bout, that I believe Fedor will fight in the UFC. My reason is fairly simple. Dana White wants Fedor. Everyone wants Fedor but the fact is that the UFC is the largest MMA organization in the world and it wants Fedor.

That being said how come Fedor hasn’t been in the UFC yet then? Two years ago before Affliction expanding out of just the highly popular MMA apparel, the UFC was in negotiations with Fedor. Dana Whites demand for Fedor then was cleary not as strong as it is now and negotiations fell through with Dana referring to Fedors management as “Mad Russians”.

Why did the negotiations fall through you might ask? Whose fault was it really? In my opinion, it’s just a difference in American and Russian business as well as culture. With Fedors management wanting to do cross promotion with the UFC and M1 global, Fedors constant need for cold potato soup and a higher wage then everyone else, Dana was not having it. Dana White is known for not wanting to cross promote and he is also known for going on the record to say that Fedor is over rated. So why would these issues change two years later?

The demand for Fedor is how. The UFC has offered Fedor $30 million for a 6 fight deal, guaranteed 1st fight title shot at Brock Lesnar, M1 global can have a peice of Fedors fights and ofcourse Fedor can have his cold potato soup at all times. Thats nice alright. Although it’s been reported that Strikeforce potentially offered more money, Strikeforce does not have the views the UFC has and that would easily dent any cross promotion M1 Global would have with Strikeforce.

In the end I truely believe that we will see that Dream fight between Fedor and Brock Lesnar and it will happen sooner than later. Dana White has called a press conference for tomorrow July 31st and has said that he will be announcing a whole bunch of new things that will make our MMA world spin round. But we all know what we really want to hear.

This is my first Blog on the MMA subject so please leave comments and tell me what you think.

-ThatMMAGuy

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