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Fedor Emelianenko

UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem spoke with Sirius XM’s Luke Thomas and Fedor Emelianenko’s name came up. Overeem said what a lot of people have been quietly, or loudly depending on which forum you visited. Ever since PrideFC disappeared after the UFC purchased it fans waited with anticipation for Fedor to enter The Octagon, but he didn’t sign with the UFC.  Instead, he went to BoDog, Affliction, M-1 Global, and anywhere else without the letters UFC in their name. Overeem said what most of us think- we think- so check it out.

I like the wording, but I don’t think it’s up to me to give it to myself. I will tell you this, though, I don’t think Werdum deserves that title. I just don’t think he has what it takes. And I don’t think Fedor deserves that title, either, because Fedor never signed with UFC. He kind of always took the easy route, which he is doing now. Don’t get me wrong, I know Fedor personally and I like him as a person — he is very humble and very nice and he had an excellent run in Rings in Japan, I fought there in ’99. He had an excellent run there and an excellent run in PRIDE. But after PRIDE, he never really tested himself. There was the Affliction thing, but if he really wanted to go down as the best Heavyweight ever, then he should have signed with UFC and taken the hard route. UFC is where there is the hardest division, that’s just how it is. Every fighter is hard, there is no easy fights, no easy opponents. With Fedor’s last fight, the last Fedor win, changed it to a draw, but he actually lost that fight. First round was 10-7, then a 10-9, then a 9-9 in my opinion and they could’ve easily stopped that fight. Maldonado did a great job in that fight and got robbed. You know, or he should’ve just quit after his success or come to UFC. But, he is not doing that. I think your last fight when you are going to finish your career is very important. If you are going to keep going, your either going to lose or not perform and give away your grand title as greatest heavyweight of all time. And I think he did have that, 10 years undefeated. But, then came the losses in Strikeforce, retirement, came out of retirement, so now I don’t think he qualifies for that title.

Do you agree?

By Sean McClure

Sean McClure was the AFL marketing Director. He also wrote for MaXfighting and BJPenn before finding his true home at PMN. He is a retired ring announcer and former sparring partner to many mixed martial artists.

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