As expected, Fedor Emelianenko has been released by Strikeforce following his loss to Dan Henderson last weekend. The news was broken by grand pubah Dana White at a press conference that was supposed to be all about UFC 133 but thus far has only generated headlines and fan response related to the recent rash of controversial firings.
“He’s being cut, yeah,” said White, following today’s UFC 133 pre-fight press conference. “Why? Do you think we should keep him?”
“You guys thought he was the pound-for-pound best in the world, but I thought he was overrated for years,” White said.
Yeah yeah yeah he’s not the #1 best in the universe ever any more. But am I the only one going FFFFFFUUUUUUUU as Overeem and Fedor get fired the week we’re stuck shelling out 40+ dollars to see an event headlined by Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans? I understand Zuffa is releasing everyone for what they consider valid business reasons, but us fans don’t care about that shit. We just wanna see big names fight big names, and three losses or not, there were still a lot of interesting fights for Fedor under the Zuffa umbrella.
Speaking of umbrellas, M-1 says Fedor wasn’t really fired because Fedor’s not actually under contract with Strikeforce:
“Fedor’s contract it with Showtime,” M-1 Global representative Evgeni Kogan told MMA Nation’s Jonathan Snowden. “He remains a Showtime fighter, on a network which has been amazing to Fedor and the team.”
“Strikeforce is not the only MMA promotion on Showtime,” Kogan said. “So there are a number of options for Fedor which will be looked at. And one of those is to work with the other MMA promotion currently on Showtime.”
Well isn’t that awesome. While we won’t get to see Fedor fight anyone from Zuffa, he’ll still be on the same television channel! Yeah! Break out the goddamn party hats! That makes EVERYTHING better!