Looks like Fedor’s crack management team have shifted their sights off Pedro Rizzo and onto Semmy Schilt. You might think this is a bit strange of them … they’re actually setting up what could be considered A HARDER FIGHT for Fedor. But when you remember that styles make fights in MMA, you start to realize that Semmy Schilt is yet another carefully picked opponent.
First let me preface this by saying I’ve got hella respect for Semmy Schilt. Sure he looks like the world’s largest geek, but he’s more than paid his dues in both kickboxing and MMA. The guy’s got a legitimate record including a decision loss to Fedor where Fedor basically had to lie on him for three rounds to win a decision. But just once, I’d like to see Fedor fight an opponent who’s
- in the same weight class
- not 40+ years old (excluding Randy)
- not a joke on the ground
And that’s my problem with Schilt … I just don’t think he has the ground pedegree to hang with Fedor. Of course, you could say that I’m not gonna be satisfied with Fedor’s opponents until he’s fighting Josh Barnett. After all, Josh is basically a larger, goofier version of Randy Couture who just happens to NOT be stuck in crazy legal quagmires. I’m just saying.