Has anyone else noticed that for every mention of Bigfoot Silva, Scott Coker brings up Fedor 10 times? It’s the standard sort of tunnel vision Strikeforce shows whenever the Russian is involved in anything … he’s just too dreamy for them to concentrate on anything else.
So while the world should probably be talking about how awesome Bigfoot looked in dismantling Fedor, instead everyone is still just hyperconcentrating on that loser guy Fedor and what he’ll do next. At least Scott isn’t still talking about Fedor getting recycled back into the tournament any more:
And Coker already has an opponent for Fedor in mind: The loser of the April 9 bout between Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum.
“If the fighter doesn’t want to fight you’re not gonna want him to fight,” Coker told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “If the fighter doesn’t want to fight the promoter doesn’t make him fight. And if he wants to retire then it’s time to walk away. But I don’t think that’s the case … and I think the loser of Overeem and Werdum, that would be a great fight for Fedor.”
Meanwhile, there have been rumblings that Fedor’s post-fight ‘maybe I should retire’ speech was more of a ‘I’m probably going to retire’ speech that was softened down in translation:
Jamie Sullivan reports that his friend who speaks fluent Russian said the translation given by Fedor’s interpreter wasn’t exactly accurate. He said Fedor said he was going to retire saying the loses were a sign for him to leave the sport and it is God’s will for him to retire, where the translator talked like he was thinking, whereas he was more definitive.
Then again, nothing is 100% definite when you have to negotiate with M-1 Global. I’m sure they won’t let Fedor retire without sitting down and working things through with them, ‘gently’ applying pressure to at least make sure he stays active until the organization has a foothold in that long-rumored Showtime deal. Maybe now is when Fedor will finally realize what a bunch of pains in the ass his management team is.