(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.