Ishii, Monson Fights Represent the Last Phase of Fedor's Career

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emfleek
12/22/11 9:11:20AM
The best heavyweight in MMA history will make his return to the ring on New Year's Eve in Japan, when Fedor Emelianenko faces the former Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, and the fan reaction to that fight has been decidedly mixed.

On one hand, you have fans who loved seeing Fedor's glory days in Pride who figure that there's nothing wrong with seeing him back in Japan on New Year's Eve, which was once an annual tradition. On the other hand, you have fans who are disappointed that Fedor won't be facing a high-level opponent, as Ishii is just 4-1-1 in his MMA career and doesn't have anything close to the kind of MMA resume that Fedor has.

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Lesnar1
12/22/11 10:09:51AM
I don't think Fedor will ever make it back into the top 10 HW ranks in the world again, which is sad to say for a guy who dominated the HW rankings for years, Rankings aside I think Fedor is on a farwell tour and most probably IMO will be done with MMA by 2013 , True legend though, I'll always have respect and admiration for his iconic career.
BigIP
12/22/11 8:45:03PM
Yes Fedor will always be one of the most classiest fighters ever to fight in MMA. A true legend, sad to see his decline but everything that goes up must eventually come down...
tcunningham
12/22/11 11:04:59PM
he'll probably pick ishii apart on the feet and eventually get the TKO. we'll never see the fedor of old but ill definitely watch this fight.
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