By Curtis Clontz on Sep 06, 2009
Fedor. It is one of those one word names that every hardcore fan knows. He is this mythical creature that has the uncanny ability not to lose (ok, its been 9 years, but still). He is arguably the G.O.A.T. The Last Emperor has a combined record of 30-1, but many question his recent opponants and wonder if his crew is doing nothing more than protecting a legacy. More after the jump.
Fedor’s last fight for the old school Pride organization was against big Mark Hunt. This fight took place in 2006. This time around Fedor was able to sink in a submission resulting in his win, and uknowingly the last victory he would ever have in the now debunked organization.
Since that time Fedor has done a little bit of fighting, but many question his opponants and believe that his team is doing nothing more than trying to protect the legacy that is Fedor. I am not one of these conspiracy thoerists and actually believe the opposite.
The Russian beast, as I call him, stepped up to take fight Matt Lindland just 5 short months after beating Hunt. In this fight Fedor won by submission, but the backstory is that Lindland is typically a fighter that finds his home at the 185 pound division. Lindland may be a lighter fighter in terms of weight but he that doesn’t mean he is a bad one. He is the face of Team Quest and has a record of 21-6 himself. While he is not one of the best fighters in the world, he is in fact better than average. He was a dangerous foe that could have very well caught Fedor and defeated him. Fedor won this fight by submission in the first round.
After that fight Fedor then took on a giant of a man, literally. The giant Hong Man Choi was up to the test but was no match for Fedor. Everyone knew Choi was outmatched, but gamblers couldn’t hold out and many picked Choi to win. After all, Choi was more than a 2-1 underdog. Fedor was never in any trouble in this fight as he won in just under two minutes of the first round. This is the worst opponant (record/ talent wise) that Fedor had fought in a very long time. Choi is currently 2-2. It says something that one of those wins was against steroid profesional Jose Conseco. This fight does not help Fedor’s legacy one bit, but it did kill some time while the UFC and other organizations went through big time changes.
The T shirt guys of Affliction then popped up overnight. They promised to pay their fighters top dollar and put on great fights. Their hope was that if they employed top fighters, kept them happy by paying them, and kept signing more that they would grow to challange the UFC for supremacy among the sport. Fedor along with Josh Barnette, Tim Sylvia, and Andre Arlovski were going to carry this org to the top but not so much!
Fedor’s first fight for Affliction was against former UFC champ Tim Sylvia. While Sylvia was never a fan favorite, he was a true champion. He defended his title and was at the top of the division for awhile. Timmay was very good standing but he has ignored his ground game for some time. This was obvious as he was submitted in less than forty seconds. Those that say that Fedor isn’t fighting top talent seem to forget that Sylvia beat Brandon Vera, Andre Arlovski, Assuerio Silva, Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Whitehead, Jason Lambert, and Ben Rothwell. Timmay went 8-2 in his previous ten fights before his fight with Fedor with losses to only Big Nog and Randy Couture. Sylvia was no chump and a solid person to stand opposite Fedor in the ring. Sylvia was arguably the best fighter that Fedor could have fought at the time outside of the UFC.
The next fight for Fedor was against Andre Arlovski. Andre was similar to Sylvia in the sence that they both had solid standup games and were huge names in the UFC. Andre had not had as many top level fights as Tim but he still had his share. For a long time Andre was considered the second best big guy in the UFC. In this fight many expected a standup war, but before it got to that point Andre displayed his new glass jaw. Andre and Fedor traded blows but seemed to still be feeling each other out when Andre lunged forward leaving his jaw exposed. This led to the end of the fight and the last time that we have seen Fedor in action.
To answer the question about about Fedor’s camp protecting him, the answer is simply no. If they were, he would have an average fight schedule more like Bob Sapp. Fedor is the best heavyweight fighter in the world. He hasn’t been defeated since 2000 and hasn’t went to decision since 2005. You will not find another fighter in the world that can say that. Fedor is not just the best big guy in the world, he is the greatest ever. His camp is not feeding him fish, and they are not protecting him for his legacy. They are simply giving him opponants.
The other side of the story is that Fedor will not sign with the UFC. Every MMA fan wants to see Fedor in the UFC. We all want to see him fight Randy, Brock, Nog (again), and all of those young bucks, but its all about the money. Fedor owns his own likeness and demands that he gets paid like the greatest heavyweight ever. While the UFC will pay him top dollar, they will not let him fight on other cards, and may not let him compete in Sambo. If you are expecting him to sign with the UFC then hold your breath, turn blue, and shake your head. It will never happen!
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About the Author: Curtis works as an associate editor for MMA Opinion. He is the old man of the bunch at 28. Like many of our viewers he is a U.S. Military vet. He has spent almost 9 years in the U.S. Navy. The Aviation Rescue Swimmer spends his time engulfed in the world of MMA. He has written for over 9 different websites and online magazines in all. He helps out with ESPN Radio 1310’s The Fight Zone on a regular basis. Curtis is a sports enthusiast and loves Duke basketball.