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Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson…

28 Apr

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko

Currently this fight is having its contract worked out by Strikeforce and M1 to take place in July at an unconfirmed weight class.  As a Pride fan, I love this matchup.  Both fighters throw haymakers that could kill a man and both are equipped for a ground battle should it come down to it.  No BJJ in this match, should be pure standup. 

That being said, there’s a lot of talk about Fedor retiring after his last two fights which he lost by a Triangle to Verdum and a TKO by Antonio Silva.  Lately I’ve been trolling some threads where basically everyone has been discrediting Fedor and dismissing him as washed up and over rated.  I’m not sure where these people get off calling the greatest heavyweight in MMA history “over rated” but its kind of a knock on ignorant American fans that probably didn’t even follow Pride at any point or see any of his fights.  Its easy to erroneously state he fought no name guys in Pride, but statistically, a lot of these kids running their mouths didn’t even watch Pride back then as they were still being weened off WWF and suckling the teet of TUF and UFC by Chuck Liddell and Ortiz vs Shamrock rematches.

A lot of arguments I read present valid points on both sides, but the Fedor haters are forgetting one thing: Fedor is already a fucking legend.  If you call a legend “washed up” that’s fine, it describes the state of their career.  Michael Jordan was essentially washed up after his days in Chicago.  But calling a LEGEND overrated just discredits your entire fucking opinion, your claim of having a penis, and forfeits any future argument you might ever make for the rest of your life.

I’m not saying Fedor is gonna win or make a prediction or even whether or not he should retire.  I’m definitely pulling for Darth Fedor BUT, if he does lose and does retire, Henderson would be a worthy opponent to end a fight career on.  And either way this should be an epic battle, although almost 50% of Hendo fights end up in a decision.

Would love to hear comments on this for either side, we haven’t had a good old MMA debate here in awhile.  Just keep it factual and intelligent or I will shit on you.  Hard.  I leave you with a great highlight video.  The last third of it looks more like shark attack footage to me.

 
3 Comments

Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Entertainment, Mazz, MMA, Random Cool Shit

 

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3 responses to “Fedor Emelianenko vs. Dan Henderson…

  1. BehindTheVeilOfMaya

    May 13, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Fedor is slightly over-rated. Don’t write my opinion off just yet though because I have a intelligent point. Fedor is unarguably the best HW of all time, but the HW division has always been the weakest there is. Fedor fought some top guys like Cro Cop and Nog and a few others, but the majority of his fights were against low level fighters or freak shows (Hong Man Choi anyone?). The reason I say he is slightly over-rated is because people read too much into the myth of Fedor. He is not the best boxer, he is not the best submission artist, and he is not superman. The reason he is a legend and the best HW in history is simple, he was the only fighter who had a solid ground game AND solid stand up. If the guy he was fighting was better on the feet Fedor could take them down and tap them and vice versa. Now that HW’s are starting to catch up and be more well rounded Fedors short comings that he always has had are more evident. He is not as big or strong as most HW’s, his cardio isn’t where it should be etc. It’s kind of like Royce Gracie, he in all actuality wasn’t the greatest BJJ practitioner in the world, but he was the only one who knew anything about it in early UFC leading to wins. Now that almost everyone who is anyone in MMA knows some BJJ Royce could not compete.

    I am not taking anything away from Fedor as I completely agree that he is a legend and the best HW ever and I have been following him since PFC. But, I’m simply saying there is a case for people to say he is over-rated, since he was the #1 P4P fighter on most lists for a long time even though he was fighting in the weakest division.

     
  2. Mazz

    May 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Very good points. There is a case to say he is overrated based solely on his last two fights.
    I would agree that he is over-rated BUT only by comparing todays standards with the last 10 plus years he was kicking ass and also he is overrated by the Fedor in his prime.
    The HW division has only gotten truly competitive in the last few years and in that short amount of time its evolved A LOT to the point where Fedor is obsolete compared to the top ranked fighters.

    However he got to where he did by being a beast. His voracity as a fighter made him a top heavy weight. You don’t see guys fighting with that pure malice that he did, save for a few names. The guy was a fucking Wolverine.

    Discrediting his past fighters is a bad argument though. For one, he fought a lot of those fights a looong time ago when MMA was not where it is today. Also name a fighter besides maybe Brock that hasn’t had to fight their way up ranks of no namers or washed up baddies.

    Now its Fedor’s turn to play the “washed up” fighter for some young bucks to come after. That’s the natural order of an MMA career, it just sucks to see some “MMA Fans” totally discredit this guys entire career because he isn’t in UFC or cuz he lost a few fights or fought some people they never heard of before.

    But definitely good point and I can’t disagree. I guess this post wasn’t about how awesome Fedor is but more about the stupid MMA fans that completely dismiss a legend of the sport and don’t have good points to do so.

    Veil of Maya owns too \m/ \m/

     
  3. GPS Tracking System

    July 6, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Hendo takes this one. Great win for team quest!

     

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