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Bobby Lashley claims he may be Fedor’s next opponent

(Yep, that about sums it up)

I know I said I was done talking about Fedor when M-1 set him up to fight Jeff Monson in his last fight. But just when I think I’m out, they drag me back in with ridonkulous news that I just can’t resist covering. Like the news that Bobby Lashley is being considered as Fedor’s next opponent:

Lashley also spoke about the possibility of a fight with the legendary Fedor Emelianenko. “The guy’s got a tremendous amount of fights under his belt… I’d like to fight him.”

According to Lashley, Fedor’s managers are currently looking for the Russian MMA veteran’s next opponent, and his name is on the list of potential matchups. “I’m going to throw everything at him that I can. Of course, my wrestling’s there, I don’t give a damn what he’s doing. I’d put my wrestling up there with almost anyone right now.

To be fair to M-1, the list of available heavyweights outside the UFC with any kind of name is woefully short. So short that you may be able to excuse Fedor for considering to step in against a guy who’s talent level sits somewhere between Wes Sims and Chad Griggs. But this is some serious barrel scraping going on here. It might also be the standard pro-wrestling thing where a guy invents a story to gain attention for himself, but thus far every depressing story about Fedor’s next opponent has turned out to be true.

Fedor’s camp sets up the Monson fight as an easy rebound after some hard knocks in Strikeforce. And then a gimme in Japan against Satoshi Ishii. There you go, skid stopped and time for some real opposition. But when your management’s idea of real competition is Kevin Randleman (2012 Randleman at that), we’ve got problems. M-1 could at least mix in the names of some real contenders or up and coming prospects into the candidate list to give even the smallest sign that they aren’t cynically building up a new streak off the back of cans.

  • Spicoli

    All Fedor has to do is dodge his punches for half a round then Lashley will gas and stumble around the ring ready to be choked out.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Word, I love watching meatbags gas.  I hope this fight happens.

  • CAP

    Fucking christ this fight does nothing for Fedor. All it does is put him in jeopardy of getting laid on to a decision, if Lashley can last that long. Bad idea so perfect for M-1.

  • agentsmith

    Anyone see Lashley’s fight for Titan FC last year?  “Shitshow” doesn’t begin to do it justice.  He almost lost to an 8-7 dude whose previous fight was at middleweight, and lay-n’-prayed worse than anyone I’ve ever seen.  The crowd booed the shit out of him, and even the announcers were openly saying he deserved to lose.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    I want Fedor to fight Lashley, and then challenge the M1 champ.  He’s worth millions to them and he’ll show it!

  • Blackula Jonez

    What is the best case scenario for this fight?

    You could argue this is a step down in competition from the Monson fight.

    Is there any possibility Fedor could regain 1/10th of his former glory and mystique?

    Or should we be just happy to see him fight?

  • frickshun

    Fedor’s next fight should be DJ’s terrible new avi. Looking at it makes me uncomfortable.

  • CAP

    DJ’s new avi looks like mine only instead of huffing paint he found some angel dust!

    Hopefully the negative reaction to this match up makes M-1 wise up but I’m not counting on it.

  • DJ ThunderElbows


  • CAP

    Nobody can!

  • Letibleu

  • frickshun


  • DJ ThunderElbows

  • CAP

    That’s how big Fedor’s bawls are when Vadim doesn’t have them in a vice.

  • Blackula Jonez