Posted by hippysmacker
I don't know if your trolling, or have just never seen Fedor fight. As pissed as i am at him ( and far more at M-1) right now It's inconceivable to insinuate that he is scared. It just borders on fighter bashing as well, which is against our rules. I am going to give you the benefit of the doubt and just assume you are new to MMA, or at least to seeing Fedor fight . Heck if its a size thing Hong Man Choi blows Lesnar out of the water there. If you had seen who has fought, and defeated, I can't imagine you asking this question. To answer your question- NO
I dont know anymore Hippy, after listening to the strikeforce M1 conference call. I think people need to at least put the blame where it belongs and thats squarely on Fador and not M1.
I herd Fador say he makes the final decision and that he was involved in the negotiations with the UFC, I also herd M1's top executive basically say we dont care about fans in the US and that the fans in other country's are more important.
Dana likes to exaggerate and he often goes over the top but I dont think he's telling a lie about Fador's offer. They (M1 and Fedor) said a lot of things that dont add up and I'm not willing to say it was Brock he's afraid of but I do think the level of competition in the UFC is either something that drives you to sign or drives you away.
I dont think Fador or M1 ever entertained the idea of signing with the UFC and the co promo deal is just one aspect of why I feel that way, IMO they just used the UFC for free press.
For me, I felt the way they attempted to dismiss Brock as a MMA joke and say he's not even a worthy opponent smacks of something, Im not saying its 100% fear but he's defiantly not seeing the bigger picture. The statment that Brock was a product of the UFC PR machine in the context they said it was highly disrespectful and a bit ignorant. The UFC is a PR machine but they never put there money behind chumps you have to be marketable in the first place or they will pass you over.
At the end of the conference Fador said he had to do whats best for him and not his fans but thats in direct conflict with what he did do, signing with strikeforce was largely beneficial to M1 and minimally beneficial for Fedor with the backlash of fans I would not shy away from saying it ended up being not only the the less beneficial signing but big PR problem as well.
The saving grace to this for Fedor is that strikeforce events are not PPV's so I have no doubt Fedor will hold enough interest that people will tune in for his fights. If you look at the other side of this, if Fador stomps a hole in his challengers in strikeforce and also gets more exposer to the US casual fans he will be more marketable and be able to demand more.
It all just left me with a bad aftertaste and now whatever respect I had for him as a fan is gone.