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Is Fedor going to fight the best?

The problem with basing your entire promotion around the acquisition of one fighter is that if that fighter goes down, you’re fucked. Thus is the position of M-1 as they wade into the battleground that is MMA. They came into existence for Fedor. They bought M-1 for Fedor. They expect other fighters to come because of Fedor. Is this the MMA equivalent of “Field of Dreams” or what!

M-1 won’t always be completely dependant on Fedor to carry their organization. But you better believe that Fedor is just as important to M-1 as Beckham was for the Los Angeles Galaxy. But MMA is not soccer, where you can suck balls for a long time and still be a fan favorite. The moment Fedor loses a fight, he loses his spot as #1 in the world. And with that much of his mystique and a lot of his value disappears.

M-1 probably realizes this and will most likely feed Fedor a number of softballs as the company gets on their feet. Jeff Monson, Ricardo Arona, and Rickson Gracie have all been mentioned as potential opponents for the big Russian. The only mention of Josh Barnett has been from Monte Cox saying “Josh looks like he’ll be signing with another company”. I dunno if that’s true, but you better believe M-1 isn’t about to match Fedor up with the most dangerous free agent on the market. It’s simply too dangerous of a business decision to make.

It’s a funny situation and just another example of how MMA is one of the most interesting sports to follow in terms of business wheeling and dealing. It kinda sucks that Fedor has basically become a pawn in the game promoters are playing, but you can blame that on his managers for being balls deep in that game.

In the end all we can really hope for is that eventually Fedor will get his day in the ring with the Josh Barnetts and the Randy Coutures of the sport. But I wouldn’t bet on it happening before M-1 has grown enough not to need Fedor to survive.

  • ilostmydog

    Bring on Warpath!

  • intenso

    fedor ain’t as fucking delicious as Beckham tho

  • Andrej

    Fedor vs Aleksander Emelianko, – no that i think is not going to happen. Jeff Monson (Pedro Rizzo did defeat him right?), Mark Hunt (parts from unkown), Ricardo Arona (Boring but he is no Yushin Okami), Rickson Gracie (To old), and Ben Rothwell (To young).

    Not really that great of a list.

  • Brent Brookhouse

    If he isn’t fighting the top dogs he loses the mystique of being #1 in the world anyway. Fighting a constant schedule of softballs is a lose-lose. The Fedor name loses value because he isn’t getting wins with substance and if by some chance someone catches him (see the Fujita fight) with a perfect shot he not only gets a loss…he would get a loss to a lessar talent.

    There is something to be said for a “good loss” being worth more than a “bad win” and that’s why in my eyes fighting Barnett or someone of that caliber is the way to go. Of course, I’m a boxing fan too and I know that promoters will take the easy road 99% of the time.

  • MJC_123

    James Thompson…

  • Xavier

    I hope Monson takes him to the ground and beats him. It would pretty much end M-1, which would be nice.

  • Andrej

    You are cruel Xavier

  • godzillad

    OHHHHH So when Monson drops five rounds to Tim Sylvia, Fedor is all “Shit, even though he lost he hung in for 25 minutes against a top Heavyweight. I’m not fighting him”, but then after he gets knocked out by Pedro Rizzo it’s like “Well he got killed by an old timer, I’ll take that fight now”. PUSSY MOVE. DUCKING.

  • RussianMMA

    Otherwise correct thinking except for “Rickson Gracie” fighting. It was basically a bitch-slap for Rickson saying “Shut the fuck up, or you will have to prove your nonsense in a ring”. :)

  • Ted Dibiase

    fedor will submit monson just like he did to mark the hammer coleman.

    fedor vs barnett would be much more interesting

    barnett vs couture would be good. why doesnt randy want to avenge that loss to him?

  • Mobb Deep

    Rickson by armbar

  • Frank

    Sigh…when are you people going to realize Fedor’s mystique IS the fact he hasn’t fought any of TODAY’s best talent. I hate to say it, and i’ll probably catch a shit storm, but I think Dana White was right when he said Fedor would have caught a beating against Randy. What’s worst is he knew it. Fedor = more plain than a bag of regular potato chips, I don’t see him in the UFC until the US gets bombed by North Korea and all it’s heavyweights go down with it.