Posted by Mastodon2
I really hope UFC don't get their hands on Fedor. I'm getting very angry at the terrible performances Pride fighters are putting in, but all this crap about the cage, fighting in different countries etc doesn't seem enough to justify their performances. Shogun in particular looked abysmal, gassed within 2 minutes. A while ago when someone on this site made a thread suggesting that UFC were fixing high stakes fights I was incredulous, now Im starting see where he was coming from. Nearly every oppertunity Dana has been given to say that "UFC is better than Pride ever was" he has had his way. It seems very suspicious that a 205lber, ranked by just about everyone as the best in the world gasses out and gets choked out by a game show contestant who was arguably top 15. Things just aren't adding up and I'm starting to feel angry and disillusioned.
Fedor is the one man that Dana wants to see lose, and Randy is his biggest boy, I hope the match never happens, because I'm starting to feel like just more than bad luck is stopping these Pride monsters from performing in the way that we know they should be able to.
I have to call you out on this post. I loved pride fight and am still a huge fan of their fighters but there are no fixes and no backroom dealings. This is completely ridiculous and there are no facts to support this. Put yourself in Dana's shoes, pay a guy like Mirko 350k a fight with the goal to have him lose and then get tasked with building up Gonzaga Couture?
I'll do you one better, pay Shogun 150k and slip Forrest a $50, and Shogun a $100 to appear tired and lose the fight. I am being sarcastic, listen, this is these fighters livelihoods, their families and all their friends are watching, their entire future earning potential is based on winning (and winning in exciting fashion). Shogun got beat after a huge layoff, after getting married, and lost to a guy who has been training relentlessly with Team Couture, not to mention the different rules, the cage.
This sport is evolving, throw my high school gym teacher in the there to train with Couture, have him train every day, throw in a dietician, world-class sparring partners, state of the art gym and weight training\bjj\and boxing coaches and in two years he'll be on par with the Stephen Bonnars of the world.
As for Fedor, I want to see him fight, and I can promise you this, he won't come in out of shape, become gassed, or get debut stage fright. He may lose to a top knotch guy but he'll have an exciting fight worth watch. If Dana is smart he won't throw him against a Jardine or Arlovski, he'll give him an instant title match or throw him a can like Tank Abbott or Wesley Cabbage to build him up and get a few highlights.