Fedor Emelianenko Signs with Strikeforce

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BrutalKnockOut
8/3/09 12:38:05PM
Fedor Signs with Strikeforce

Check out the link to read the official press release!!
Aether
8/3/09 12:46:29PM
rofl... good luck surviving with Fedor on the payroll strikeforce.

What does he do after he beats Overeem and possibly Werdum? Fight Brett Rodgers?
scobac
8/3/09 12:51:58PM
atleast it's put to rest for now. "I am looking forward to going back to work and fighting at the highest level", sorry fedor but you and your managment dodged the highest level.
postman
8/3/09 12:53:29PM
The Junkie

Mma Junkie is running it also. what a joke 2 maybe 3 ok fights for him and then what unless strikeforce is ready to steal talent this will mean nothing to me. But still glad he will be fighting in the US.
jtwalker
8/3/09 12:54:06PM
I have to say I am disappointed in Fedor as of late. So he is going turn down a boatload of money to fight some of the best competition in the world over co- promotion. What would look even worse and make the UFC look good is if he gets beat in Strikeforce.
postman
8/3/09 1:00:27PM
Now we get to talk about how well AA did on the feet with Fedor and how Overeem beat up Badr so if he can keep it on the feet he has a great shot. Over under on Threads of this nature +/- 42.5
The_Metal_Maniac
8/3/09 1:07:26PM
Fedor stated he looks forward to fighting the highest level of competition. That's quite a laugh.
emfleek
8/3/09 1:07:54PM
Sweet. Maybe the Fedor threads will die off a bit now.

StorminYourman
8/3/09 1:09:53PM
well on thr bright side I have Showtime and will get see the Travis Fulton vs Fedor fight we have all dreamed of for free



wow Russian mobsters while being completely ruthless are not very savvy at all
slapshot
8/3/09 1:11:01PM
Well I guess Strike force is a stupid as other people thought.
tdietel01
8/3/09 1:19:09PM
So he is officially ducking the ufc, dana white or real competition. at least it is in the open and there can be no arguing the point anymore. I hope he drops off alot of P4P lists.
The_Metal_Maniac
8/3/09 1:19:14PM
If history repeats itself as it usually does then the end of Strikeforce is near. Rings, Bodog, Pride, and Affliction all of Fedors old stomping grounds are out of business now.
postman
8/3/09 1:35:08PM

Posted by tdietel01

So he is officially ducking the ufc, dana white or real competition. at least it is in the open and there can be no arguing the point anymore. I hope he drops off alot of P4P lists.



I can't agree with you here had he signed with no co promotion then sure but Fedor is a share holder is he is trying to set himself up for life after fighting. That being said 30 million would set u up well.
spikerman19
8/3/09 1:48:22PM
Is there a chance he dose not want to fight Lesnar.
SpiderSilva
8/3/09 1:50:26PM
So if Fedor loses then what? I kind of think they are trying to keep him undefeated and give him some time in a cage cause the ropes arnt gonna be there for him if he gets pressed against the cage like lesnar had mir I really think that's how you beat him in the cage well that's how I seen lesnar beating him




RIP Strikeforce(with Fedors history)
emfleek
8/3/09 1:54:33PM
This can only mean one thing...

More FREE events for UFC fans (counter-programming, b*tches!!!).

Mayhem13
8/3/09 2:22:47PM
Well, obviously I woulda rather seen him sign with the UFC...but this would be my second choice for sure.

I would much rather see him fight Rogers, Overeem, Arlovski (again) and Werdum....then go to Japan and fight Jose Canseco, Minowa and Nortje

snakeplissken
8/3/09 2:49:11PM
Seriously people have you not worked it out yet? It's all a big smoke screen by Fedor & the UFC... Fedor's been on the payroll from the very start allowing Dana and the UFC to wipe out all the competition by putting every promotion out of business so the UFC can reign supreme, it just so happens that Strikeforce is next so the UFC can get Carano and Overeem on cheap deals.

However let's just hope that the Russian Kryptonite doesn't wield it's power on the UFC when he (Eventually) gets there...
moob
8/3/09 2:50:41PM
Disappointing in a way, as this significantly narrows his potential opponents.

What bothers me is the posters who believe Fedor is dodging anyone - why would he need to dodge anyone?

Bottom line is the UFC didn't wanna co-promote an event, and it's their ego that's getting in the way of what the fans want.
whardin19
8/3/09 2:51:46PM
I'm not going to sit here and say Fedor dodged the UFC (even though I think he did). But this guys demands were crazy and maybe just maybe this guy has lost his mind with his 30-1 record and no ones brought him down yet. There are a few fights at Strikeforce that will be good. But after that Fedor has nothing to fight there. I just hope we never hear of Fedor to the UFC again.
emfleek
8/3/09 2:59:00PM

Posted by moob

Bottom line is the UFC didn't wanna co-promote an event, and it's their ego that's getting in the way of what the fans want.



Um, no...it's smart business. How's Fedor's track record with companies so far?
Aether
8/3/09 3:03:37PM

Posted by moob

Disappointing in a way, as this significantly narrows his potential opponents.

What bothers me is the posters who believe Fedor is dodging anyone - why would he need to dodge anyone?

Bottom line is the UFC didn't wanna co-promote an event, and it's their ego that's getting in the way of what the fans want.



You can replace "ego" with "business sense". What does M-1 have to offer along the lines of co-promotion? Absolutely nothing. It has nothing to do with ego, it's called running a business. M-1 can do absolutely nothing to help the UFC when it comes to promoting.

Fedor isn't worth the amount of money he gets paid. He might be the best, but he does not have great drawing power. I'm sure that the UFC knows that Fedor's pricetag is bigger than his drawing power and any second tier promotion that picks him up will surely die under the combined stress of his paycheck and the UFC's counter-programming. Strikeforce and DREAM will likely soon be dead and the UFC should be able to tighten their stranglehold on the market while forcing top fighters without a home to settle for less money, including Fedor.
moob
8/3/09 3:09:01PM

Posted by emfleek


Posted by moob

Bottom line is the UFC didn't wanna co-promote an event, and it's their ego that's getting in the way of what the fans want.



Um, no...it's smart business. How's Fedor's track record with companies so far?



I think that's immaterial when it comes to giving the fans what they want.

It's hardly like the temporary employment of Fedor is likely to decimate the UFC as a business - that's not a credible argument imo.
moob
8/3/09 3:10:54PM

Posted by Aether

Fedor isn't worth the amount of money he gets paid. He might be the best, but he does not have great drawing power. I'm sure that the UFC knows that Fedor's pricetag is bigger than his drawing power and any second tier promotion that picks him up will surely die under the combined stress of his paycheck and the UFC's counter-programming. Strikeforce and DREAM will likely soon be dead and the UFC should be able to tighten their stranglehold on the market while forcing top fighters without a home to settle for less money, including Fedor.



Sorry, but I'm dead against the whole idea of the UFC monopolizing the sport.
scobac
8/3/09 3:18:38PM

Posted by moob


Posted by Aether

Fedor isn't worth the amount of money he gets paid. He might be the best, but he does not have great drawing power. I'm sure that the UFC knows that Fedor's pricetag is bigger than his drawing power and any second tier promotion that picks him up will surely die under the combined stress of his paycheck and the UFC's counter-programming. Strikeforce and DREAM will likely soon be dead and the UFC should be able to tighten their stranglehold on the market while forcing top fighters without a home to settle for less money, including Fedor.



Sorry, but I'm dead against the whole idea of the UFC monopolizing the sport.



If the ufc is a monopoly it's not their fault the other promotions are killing themselve with poor bussiness sense (lack of ego).

EDIT: giving the fans what they want (as you say) is only good for right now, the ufc has the sports future in mind and as a fan myself thats what I want.
Nightmare27
8/3/09 3:22:22PM
I guess that I am the only one who is glad to see this. If he isnt going to the UFC this is the next best thing.
Gannon
8/3/09 3:22:58PM
Sad about this one. Fedor doesn't have anybody to fight there.
moob
8/3/09 3:25:29PM

Posted by scobac


Posted by moob


Posted by Aether

Fedor isn't worth the amount of money he gets paid. He might be the best, but he does not have great drawing power. I'm sure that the UFC knows that Fedor's pricetag is bigger than his drawing power and any second tier promotion that picks him up will surely die under the combined stress of his paycheck and the UFC's counter-programming. Strikeforce and DREAM will likely soon be dead and the UFC should be able to tighten their stranglehold on the market while forcing top fighters without a home to settle for less money, including Fedor.



Sorry, but I'm dead against the whole idea of the UFC monopolizing the sport.



If the ufc is a monopoly it's not their fault the other promotions are killing themselve with poor bussiness sense (lack of ego).

EDIT: giving the fans what they want (as you say) is only good for right now, the ufc has the sports future in mind and as a fan myself thats what I want.



Other promotions have generally shot themselves in the foot, granted, but you simply cannot state that the UFC didn't have a hand in their demise on any level.

Whilst the UFC popularised the sport of MMA, there is room for other outfits to give fighters a chance - the UFC simply doesn't have the capacity to accommodate them, which in the end is neither good for the sport or the fans.
scobac
8/3/09 3:25:53PM

Posted by Nightmare27

I guess that I am the only one who is glad to see this. If he isnt going to the UFC this is the next best thing.



next best thing for who? him? fans? If he kills that promotion it's a bad thing, strikeforce puts out some good cards and if they get destroyed over 2 or 3 events with fedor then I hardly think it's worth it for the fans in the long run.
scobac
8/3/09 3:34:47PM

Posted by moob


Posted by scobac


Posted by moob


Sorry, but I'm dead against the whole idea of the UFC monopolizing the sport.



If the ufc is a monopoly it's not their fault the other promotions are killing themselve with poor bussiness sense (lack of ego).

EDIT: giving the fans what they want (as you say) is only good for right now, the ufc has the sports future in mind and as a fan myself thats what I want.



Other promotions have generally shot themselves in the foot, granted, but you simply cannot state that the UFC didn't have a hand in their demise on any level.

Whilst the UFC popularised the sport of MMA, there is room for other outfits to give fighters a chance - the UFC simply doesn't have the capacity to accommodate them, which in the end is neither good for the sport or the fans.



Bottom line is these other orgs do themselves in, ofcourse ufc is looking out for themselves with counter programing but there is plenty of room for co exsistence if the right choices in the org are made, it's not dana's or zuffa's fault these promotions cant promote themselves properly to gain popularity, all they seem to do is jump the gun to try and win the top promotion race while the ufc understands its a marathon.
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