I respect Fedor a lot, and I’m sure he’s got a warrior’s spirit where he’ll fight whoever is put in front of him. But one thing that certainly takes away from that fact is that Fedor’s management sure do their best to make sure the only people put in front of him are easy to defeat. Here’s an interview with Antonio Bigfoot Silva regarding Fedor:
Silva On Rumors That Fedor Emelianenko “Ran” From Him:
No, I think this word does not fit a champion like Fedor, because he has fought the best in the business. But there was an offer after my 2 victories in Japan for us to fight in BodogFight, but he did not accept, and right after they matched him with Lindland.
I’d be less inclined to believe stuff like this if we didn’t hear a variation of this story every other week regarding another fighter that Fedor’s management team didn’t want him to fight. I’m not saying that repetition makes things true, but when you’re hearing the same story from a bunch of different sources….
At this point I’m pretty convinced that Fedor’s management always has a huge say in who Fedor fights. They don’t just take the paycheck and say “Whoever the promoter decides, we’ll fight.” Which is kinda balls. SWEATY BALLS.