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After the Fall: Five Fights for Fedor

Marriage, children and happiness have robbed us of Fedor the Unstoppable.  There, someone needed to say it.  PicProps:  CombatLifestyle

In the aftermath of Saturday night Strikeforce show, the hot topic is Fedor Emelianenko‘s plan for the future.  Will he retire?  Should he retire?  When does God make these decisions about retirement, and can we get an invite to the press conference?

We here at CagePotato are willing to go out on this limb and say, “Geez, you guys, it looks way higher from up here than we thought.”  We’ll also say that Fedor is not done yet, because advancing that opinion allows us the chance to write in some suggestions for Fedor’s next opponent, with varying degrees of likelihood.

Inside, we’ve selected a handful of fighters with history of challenging Fedor in some way, that we would be willing to watch take on the Russian Cyborg of Total Destruction.  NoteL to keep things fair, everyone on the list is older than Fedor, except the first guy.  But Fedor’s already signed on to fight that guy once…

Josh Barnett

Just one of the fights for Fedor that was scheduled and fell through, Fedor was set to meet Josh Barnett at Affliction: Trilogy exactly two years ago today. Things did not go as planned, in case you have forgotten. It was Barnett’s grappling prowess, not searing knockout ability, that made this fight a competitive one, and we’re still interested in how this would shake out. Plus, it would probably be the last main event ever featuring two men with relatively unimpressive physiques — there’s a reason the poster didn’t show their torsos, people.

Why it won’t happen: Barnett is already deep into the Strikeforce GP, and stands a good chance to win. Why fight Fedor after three straight losses when you’ve climbed the heap of Strikeforce heavyweights?

Why it will happen: Barnett would still take the fight, because that would totally be the metal thing to do.

Mirko Cro Cop

Emelianenko fought Minotauro Nogueira three times under the PRIDE banner, but he only faced Cro Cop once, at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005. Both fighters said later that they weren’t in the best shape to put on a show, and the judges saw the fight for Fedor. Why a rematch between the two never happened is beyond us, but now seems like the perfect time. Cro Cop has seemed at times an anachronism, a fighter out of time and place, in turns disappointing and thrilling the UFC crowd. If Fedor and Mirko sign on to face each other again, absolutely no one would complain: the sudden run on PRIDE t-shirts alone would require new manufacturing and distribution deals for Zuffa. Did we just help the economy? Yes, we did. You’re welcome.

Why it won’t happen: Fedor and CroCop aren’t in the same promotion.

Why it will happen: the potential awesomousity of this matchup, the nostalgia, the fans clamoring for a PRIDE throwback bout…there’s plenty of reason to revisit this fight.

Bobby Lashley

Maybe Fedor just needs a little confidence-booster. A step down in competition against a large, explosive, athletic fighter that will blitz for sixty seconds and then gas out harder than James Toney at jiu jitsu practice. (Note to self: James Toney would have been a good choice here, too!) We all remember when Lashley was undefeated and saying oddball things like “give me cans or give me Fedor”, right? In light of recent history, maybe a little tussle between these two would be worth it? Actually, it probably wouldn’t. Fedor would totally handle this guy. But maybe that’s what everyone needs: Fedor needs to smash someone, Lashley needs to catch an ass whooping, and we need to see it happen.

Why it won’t happen: Lashley probably has personal problems.

Why it will happen: Whenever Fedor can’t get huge paydays from Zuffa anymore, he’ll start crushing cans again wherever he can, and M-1 will be looking for an impressive specimen that Fedor can sweep, mount, and submit after withstanding a storm of offense.

Chael Sonnen

We’re developing a theory that if anyone on the planet needs a fight, and really needs some attention, you can plug Chael Sonnen in there and everyone will start going bonkers. Is this a throwaway suggestion? Absolutely. But we’ve seen what Sonnen will say about the Last Emperor when he’s brought up in conversation; can you imagine the new levels of trash talk that would be explored if these two were signed? The fight itself would be secondary, it would be the interviews that would keep everybody riveted.

Why it won’t happen: too many other matchups are more attractive for Fedor, who says that he doesn’t even know who this Chael Sonnen character thinks he is.

Why it will happen: purely for amusement.

Randy Couture

Let’s be honest: when Henderson-Fedor was being finalized, wasn’t there a little voice telling you that it should’ve been Randy? This fight was another that was promised and never materialized, while Randy was “retired” as a UFC heavyweight champ in 2007. It came this close to happening, and then it didn’t. People have been speculating, simulating, and salivating ever since.

Why it won’t happen: Randy’s retired.

Why it will happen: Randy is never retired if he doesn’t want to be. If there’s a better match up with more meaning for all involved (including us), we don’t know what it is.

Ok, Nation, what do you think?  Who should Fedor tangle with next?  Brave the captcha and let us know.


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SnackDaddy- August 3, 2011 at 4:54 am
Fedor got unlucky in the last fight. He was looking pretty good until that punch came from behind. I have no doubt that he still has it in him to challenge any heavyweight in any promotion right now. Balls to retirement!
j-k-martin- August 2, 2011 at 10:51 pm
If I could will Randy out of retirement for one fight, This would be it.
J-Dog- August 2, 2011 at 8:14 am
Fedor could probably beat CroCop. I think that's the fight I'd like to see. Or Randy, but Randy probably has a better chance of winning. I want to see Fedor win again.
jamiepert- August 2, 2011 at 6:56 am
Difference with Fedor of new compared to the good Fedor - he dives in for the win hot headed with no expectation of getting caught by a punch or a submission - he done it against henderson and he done it against werdum. Even in his prime he would have struggled against Silva - so would overeem hence why he up and left after destroying to people who he knew would beat easily - it is a joke. Overeem would struggle against Barnett as well imo

Fedor needs to go back to basics and build from it, let him fight someone he can destroy so he can get back into the winning mentality. You can see in the Henderson fight he was scared of losing more than anything else.

Also while I'm talking about it that stoppage was a joke, premature and following to illegal blows to the back of fedor's head!
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writebastard- August 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Cris "Cyborg" Santos and, what the hell, throw Evangelista in there to. He can hold her balls.
Fried Taco- August 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm
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FightZen- August 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm
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sillyboy- August 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm
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Duh Ogre- August 1, 2011 at 1:46 pm
I agree with RSparrow. He isn't that old. You get him in a real camp and see what happens. The fight against Werdum he get overzealous. Silva outweighed him by way too much to actually be competitive. And the Henderson fight, well, I'm still not sure what to think about that. I say he drops M1, moves to light heavyweight, and signs with the UFC. Sign him to a two fight deal. Whether you hate him or love him, he brings people to the seats.
RSparrow- August 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm
All the Fedor hate, the guy is still a very game fighter. He wasn't expecting the punch to come, but from his past fights, he's been known to recover very quickly. Remember when he was knocked out and still standing all wobbly, but yup, recovered. The fight is done, and I won't sit here and argue about the stoppage. I will argue however, that this guy was very much in the fight, and all of a sudden he shouldn't be fighting anymore? 34 is still on the edge of "prime" and I would be devastated if that dude doesn't enter the cage again. Swallow your pride Dana, and sign this guy to the UFC, even if it's to prove a point. He can still hang, just gets a little over zealous and careless. Quick fix, get back in there.
BeefcurtainBurp- August 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm
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joshuan29- August 1, 2011 at 11:48 am
as the biggest fedor fan i know im ready for him to retire. still has punching power but he has become one dimensional and his speed and skills have diminished. no sense in possibly losing to guys he woulda flattened in his prime. go home fedor and enjoy retirement as the babe ruth of mma ( not michael jordan. too early in the sports history. plus the babe was fat white and awesome much like the emperor)
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- August 1, 2011 at 11:47 am
I have said Couture for a while. I love Fedor but, his time as an elite fighter are gone.(from the look of his last three fights) Fight Randy and retire is my suggestion, or Cro cop then Couture. Done son!
knucklesamitch- August 1, 2011 at 11:02 am
God is under contract to Zuffa. Therefore, no, you will not be invited to the press conference.
The Fresh One- August 1, 2011 at 10:16 am
Barnett would have exposed Fedor in 2009, and would do the same today. Speaking of 2009, remember when Fedor/M1 were doing everything in their power to avoid signing with Zuffa, and the Fedor apologists/zealots were trying to justify Jeff fucking Monson as a worthy opponent outside the UFC? Well, now he is. Either that or follow Mousasi to Japan and crush a few WW's.
Fried Taco- August 1, 2011 at 9:39 am
@RwilsonR - Ooooh, I'm waiting for the last part to come true!
RwilsonR- August 1, 2011 at 9:34 am
@ Fred Taco - I know Vadim's name is tough, but I'll always remember it from that children's story about him. How he told a poor, chubby Russian farmboy he would turn his career into gold. And so Vadim knitted him a sweater that allowed him to win every fight, and he came through on his promise, and asked the Russian farmboy for a bigger an bigger piece of his winnings each time. Until one day the Russian told Vadim he did not want to pay him anymore or wear his M1 logo any longer. And Vadim angrily made him lose his next three matches, and told the Russian farmboy that he no longer wanted money, and would take away his sweater for good if he would not give him his first born child. The farmboy agreed, but when he would not give up his child, Vadim said he would take him by force and destroy his sweater unles the Russian farmboy could guess his name. When the farmboy correctly guessed Finklestiltskin, Vadim angrily ran off never to be seen from again.
Smackdaddiest1- August 1, 2011 at 9:27 am
Werdum in a rematch.

Why the hell not
RwilsonR- August 1, 2011 at 9:08 am
Fedor is not done because Finklschtein is not done. One last attempt to wring some money out of another promotion and put his M1 logo on some shitty event.
Obviously Randy makes the most sense, but it won't happen unless Fedor agrees to fight for 30/30 in the UFC. Randy would have the same contract issue he had after his last "retirement" if he tried to fight elsewhere.
Fried Taco- August 1, 2011 at 9:06 am
@As Good... Oh no you didn't! Chad would destroy Fedor! But that fight does nothing for Chad, so I don't think he'll accept it.
Fried Taco- August 1, 2011 at 9:05 am
BTW, I haven't seen it mentioned so maybe it wasn't shown on Showtime, but when Herb stopped the fight, Vadim Finkelsticks (or whatever his name is) rushed the cage trying to get in and protest the stoppage. He was stopped outside the cage by several guys, and kept talking and trying to squeeze his way by. After he calmed down a bit, he was finally able to make it into the cage.
As Good As Anyone- August 1, 2011 at 9:03 am
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Fried Taco- August 1, 2011 at 9:02 am
Overeem! Fedor will be cut from Strikeforce, mostly just to get rid of all the M-1 crap. So M-1 will put on a fight in Europe somewhere with Fedor vs Overeem and sell a million tickets to all the Eastern Europeans and Dutch. They will call it the biggest fight ever to determine who is the best fighter on the planet.