What’s with all the MMA promoter pissing matches, man? Everyone needs to chill out with a blunt. One love, bitches! Possibly feeling left out of all the UFC / Affliction / EliteXC hate, the unfortunately named Vadim Finkelstein of M-1 Global fame decided to release another statement on why we won’t be seeing Fedor in the octagon any time soon:
Dana says UFC’s doors are wide open. Maybe they are. But these doors also shut tightly once the fighter signs with the organization. Randy Couture came back to the UFC and what now? Instead of fighting the best in the promotion he has to fight a young upstart with 2-1 pro-record. Couture might not survive all the three contractual fights. I’m afraid that’s being made in order to finish the star which is Randy and not let him fight Fedor.
I said it many times – we are ready to make this clash happen in any shape of joint event. This bout is the most anticipated event in the world of MMA. But Fedor will not sign to the enslaving terms of the UFC contract while UFC won’t agree to make compromise.
Why would Fedor need to prove anything to anybody? He’s already defeated 4 ex-UFC champions and twice UFC Interim champion in Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
According to White there are guys better than Tim Sylvia. Well, who are they? Looking at the world rankings one can conclude it is Fedor himself, Couture whose situation I discussed above, then it’s Nogueira, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski. To face off with Josh or Andrei there is no need for Fedor to come to UFC. He’ll fight them at Affliction.
I actually agree with Fedor’s management, which shocked the hell out of me. And no, I’m not smelling burnt toast. Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett both qualify as some of the best heavyweights out there, and I’m more than happy to watch Fedor fight them. Am I a little sad that Fedor vs Randy ain’t gonna happen any time soon? Sure. But I’ve been waiting for Josh Barnett to get a crack at Fedor for a long time, so I’ll settle for that.
But I swear to fucking god, Vadim: If Fedor goes back to fighting freaks and fatasses instead of the best, I will cut you. Deep.