Originally Posted by SoCal Tom
"Fedor is a f---ing joke," UFC President Dana White responded Monday after learning that Emelianenko had signed with Strikeforce. “He turns down a huge deal and the opportunity to face the best in the world to fight nobodies for no money!"
It is quotes like this that affirms what I already knew...MMA isn't quite ready for the mainstream. It bums me out because I really like MMA, mostly the UFC.
You wouldn't see Bud Selig, David Stern, or Roger Goodell calling any of their players (or potential players in this case) a "f----ing joke".
Thats Dana White for ya. He prides himself on his pitbull mentality. Like him or not, its made him (and the UFC) pretty freakin successful and I honestly think he has no intentions of becoming a Stern or Selig. He also isn't a commissioner.
This whole Fedor debacle has really put a thorn in MMA's side. UFC had the potential of finally becoming the true force it has been hoping for but has fallen short again. With Lesnar's antics and Fedor's absurd decision, the UFC has taken a slight step backwards, especially in that division. They are really hoping that TUF "Heavyweights" brings them forward again. Thankfully the timing could not be any better.
The intrigue of Fedor was that he was a technical heavyweight fighter that can also knock out opponents literally twice his size. Right now the heavyweight decision around the globe has a bad rep for being "failed" ex-football players who can only throw haymakers. Fedor is like a 240 lb BJ Penn is his prime, but better. He can make big dumb Lensar-like animals look foolish. Frank Mir wouldn't last 20 secs against Fedor, its almost embarrassing he was UFC's no. 1 contender.
Fingers crossed something eventually works out before Fedor gets too old.