This weekend Strikeforce’s biggest acquisition in company history will make his promotional debut in Chicago. Considering his lofty price tag it is unnecessary to say that they are hoping he turns into a Lesnaresque star. Any knowledgeable MMA fan knows Fedor Emelianenko is the best heavyweight in the sport’s short history, but, as always, the problem is that most fans are not the knowledgeable kind. So, the question is, does Fedor’s ability as a fighter make him a big draw and thus worth his ample salary? After this Saturday night this question will be answered.
CBS’ first MMA crony, Elite XC, made their mark on the entire sport’s world with Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson. The former street fighter’s destruction of James Thompson’s bloated ear is one of the most watched moments in MMA history. At the time real MMA fans knew Mr. Slice was not a top heavyweight, but it did not matter. Now CBS’s new crony is trying to entice fans with the top heavyweight, and hopefully, for their case, it will matter.