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And Now He’s Fired: Fedor Emelianenko Released From Strikeforce

(Fedor Emelianenko following his TKO loss to Antonio Silva in February. Photo courtesy of Cagewriter.)

Dana White confirmed during a UFC 133 press conference today that Fedor Emelianenko has been released from Strikeforce in the wake of his first-round TKO loss to Dan Henderson last weekend, which was his third-consecutive defeat in the organization. Unlike the recent cuts of Alistair Overeem and his mates from Golden Glory, this one shouldn’t really surprise anybody considering Fedor’s recent struggles and Dana White’s long-held opinion of him and his management. From an MMAFighting report:

He’s being cut, yeah,” White told the media. “Why? Do you think we should keep him? … You guys thought he was the pound-for-pound best in the world, but I thought he was overrated for years.”

Interestingly, Emelianenko could fight again on Showtime. M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan told MMAJunkie that the Last Emperor still has a contract with the premium cable channel, and may appear on future M-1 Global broadcasts. Either way, his days competing for Zuffa appear to be over, and it’s a sad moment for an MMA legend who was thought to be unbeatable for the better part of a decade.

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thenutman69321- August 6, 2011 at 10:56 am
Bye Bye bitch boy Fedor. No one believes your BS legacy anymore. Go back to fighting cans like you did for 95% of your career.
Gobbleston- August 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm
I saw this topic pop up on my phone and it made me sick. Bleh. I really hate the way things like this keep happening, and there is nothing to be done about it. We want to watch fights, so we have to put up with the bullshit done by the only game in town.

I love the idea of Fedor resigning with the UFC (with a lamish contract) and working hsi way up. I don't think this will happen though, because M1 is stupid, and Fedor doesn't really care. He's said it over and over how he doesn't even particularly like fighting. With both of them out of Zuffa, I want to see Overeem - Fedor. Nobody else wants to see this? Whoever wins it comes out big.
Tim Sylvia called out Fedor. I don't remember what fight it was, but he was champ and just won. He looks at the camera, points his finger and says, "Fedor. Give me Fedor!" It was absurd.
dranokills- August 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says Says:

Fri, 08/05/11 - 10:56

Well you would think that the man died cause he got dropped. Wrong and the comparison to Liddell and both being one trick ponies? what is ya ignant? I would love to master that one trick! They where champions for a long time and unbeaten also. That’s MHO.
Drano? My nuts are in your mouth. Didn’t you come on here, oh maybe last year and say that Brock would rule the HW division for ever? The greatest all fall. Nothing is forever. Long live the last Emporer!
So NOTSOB and Drano. Shut the fuck up! Grown folks be talkin here
uh NO tiny pecker I NEVER said that. you must be confusing me with some goddamn cock chestner fan. I have NEVER, and I repeat NEVER said Lesner was even worth shitting on, so take your opinion and shove it up your ass with your tiny pecker.
XENOPHON- August 5, 2011 at 12:38 pm
@Dan The Viking

Correct. I never once heard any UFC champ call out and offer to go fight Fedor.
Surely Dana could have stepped up to the plate and allowed any of his fighters to go back up their prized UFC.
Why don't they allow their champs go fight other organization champs?
If their afraid of losing the revenue, there is no reason they couldn't host them during regularly scheduled UFC events.
Phattousai- August 5, 2011 at 11:21 am
Why is Tito still fighting? Because whether we like it or not, he's still a big name in the MMA world and puts asses in seats and sells PPV's. The EXACT same reason that Fedor was cut. I'm not taking anything away from Fedor but to the fan that has only known him for the last year and a half, he's 0-3 against a UFC castaway, a Strikeforce mid card fighter and a natural Middleweight who couldn't beat Shields. Tito, on the other hand, made his name here in the states and for those who were fans back in the late '90's-early 00's, they remember Tito as the poster boy for the UFC for years and still fondly remember watching him destroy everyone in his path. It's very much akin to the feeling people got in the late 90's watching Hulk Hogan wrestle in WCW. People will pay for nostalgia and that's what a promoter cares about.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- August 5, 2011 at 10:56 am
Well you would think that the man died cause he got dropped. Wrong and the comparison to Liddell and both being one trick ponies? what is ya ignant? I would love to master that one trick! They where champions for a long time and unbeaten also. That's MHO.
Drano? My nuts are in your mouth. Didn't you come on here, oh maybe last year and say that Brock would rule the HW division for ever? The greatest all fall. Nothing is forever. Long live the last Emporer!
So NOTSOB and Drano. Shut the fuck up! Grown folks be talkin here
dranokills- August 5, 2011 at 9:50 am
Shifty-Eyed Dog Says:

Thu, 08/04/11 - 01:28

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!! This is awesome news!!! First Alistair The Steroid-fueled Cancrusher Overeem, now the overrated Fedor! Bye bye, losers! Enjoy the minor leagues!
DAMN YOU beat me to it. ok.....can I join YOU?
hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa snort. haaaaaaaahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaahaaahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.
This is sweet! My only question is , where is whats his fucking name? you know "nuthuggerbitch"? where is that big talking full of shit motherfucker now?
yo cunt mouth nuthugger come out and take your verbal beating you are a goddamn loser like your zero hero FADE-or.
Good riddance to rubbish, good job Zuffa.
Mir please break Brocks neck- August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am
Its kinda hurtful seeing these headlines .."Now He's Fired". After having lost my job recently....Im wondering if these fighters are scared sh*tless about job security because of the anus-loving Fertittas. I hate those pukes. They are ruining MMA and its ALLLLLLLLLLLL about the $$$$$$$!!! WHY, oh Tito still fighting??????? He is the definition of 'has-been'. You might as well bring fucking Tank back! Or Shamrock! Or Macho Man!!! Oh, bad.
Dan The Viking- August 5, 2011 at 8:23 am
"it’s a sad moment for an MMA legend who was thought to be unbeatable for the better part of a decade."

Except that he wasnt beat for a better part of a decade making him unbeatable in that time period IMO.
ArmFarmer- August 5, 2011 at 7:48 am
Why do people think fedor is so marketable and capable of "putting asses in seats"? Most of my friends only know who he is and what he's done because I've explained it to them. To most casual fans, which outnumber us greatly, he's some chubby russian that keeps getting his ass handed to him. That's if they even bothered to watch his last 3 fights, which many of my friends haven't. While he had an impressive streak, none of his wins are relevant anymore. Look at his record and find one fighter in his win column that doesn't suck. They may have been legit at the time, but today they all fucking suck. Combine all that with his ridiculous pay and demands and it's not surprise he's cut.
Your Dumb- August 5, 2011 at 7:23 am
I think this all had more to do with having to co-promote with M-1. After a 3 fight skid, Zuffa just knew Fedor didn't carry the same value to find that acceptable.

I'm sure Zuffa would still be willing to work with Fedor in the UFC, I mean, they gave Kimbo a chance. We just can't expect Zuffa to offer him God's gift of contracts, because if they didn't think he was worth it before... they sure aren't going to be thinking that now. And we know better than to pretend M-1 would accept anything less for Fedor, so it's just never going to happen.

In the end, the fights will go on. We will likely next be seeing Fedor again on some obscure M-1 card and many of us will tune in. Sure, we would prefer to see him mix it up with the top pack in the UFC but Zuffa doesn't have to stress about having Fedor under their wing. Now that Fedor is no longer the top heavyweight in the world, Zuffa will just focus on whoever is.

So Fedor fans are distraught, UFC fans rejoice, but as a fight fan I'm bummed just because of what I'll miss out on.
joshuan29- August 5, 2011 at 5:51 am
@waxed fedor was beating ufc champs up until 2 years ago. his skills have slowed and he has become one dimisional but fedor 03-08 would still kill most of the guys in the ufc, maybe all of them. and the fedor that fought hendo would ko lesnar because lesnar hates getting hit.
SnackDaddy- August 5, 2011 at 1:37 am
Whoever thinks Fedor can't hang with the best, doesn't know what they're on about. The Fedor that fought Dan Herderson will 9 times out of 10 beat Dan Henderson and stand toe to toe with UFCs top heavyweights. Dan Henderson go lucky, people. Get used to it. His sucker punch got through. Fedor had just dropped Dan with a right hook before that. Did you see Dan Henderson's face after just 4 minutes in the cage with Fedor. Yeah, that pretty much told the whole story. And not a single one of the punches actually hit him clean.
What's even worst about this whole situation is the way Danna is disrespecting Fedor publicly. Sure, kick a man when he's down, Danna. You sure seem to be developing a knack for that.
Goog- August 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm
It was God's will that he not fight anymore... and all this does is validate Dana's claims that he is, in fact, God.
Waxedpants- August 4, 2011 at 11:01 pm
His record is full of cans.
His techniques are out dated. (big looping cartoon punches)
He was embarrassed by the last 2 "modern" mma fighters. Embarrased.

He is a warrior and a beast but he is stuck in the long long ago.
He would get seriously hurt against Cain or JDS or Brock or even Mir. Seriously hurt.

All the nuthuggers are ignoring the massive talent growth in mma over the last 10 years. Some people couldn't keep up with it and Fedor is the number 1 example.

He may have had the ability to grow with the sport if it wasn't for his people and his attitude.
It's classic russian pig headed, stuck up, pompous egotism.
djp1988- August 4, 2011 at 7:58 pm
XENOPHON- August 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm
@ El Guapo - Word up, Fedor fighting whoever, is better than 75% of the UFC’s upcoming main events.
XENOPHON- August 4, 2011 at 5:59 pm
@FilmDrunk - Yeah no shit, more of that Scott Smith...WTF
NOTSOB- August 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

cram it 1988 u were just born, anyway yeah he knows sambo and wutever but all he does is punch durrrrrrrrrr....
Walrus- August 4, 2011 at 5:19 pm

your an idiot
joshuan29- August 4, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I was thinking the same. How many different ways did the Emperor win fights? Armbars, KO's, RNC's, Guillotines, Kimuras, blah blah blah. Though recently he sort of abandoned his Sambo and went with almost exclusive standup and ground and pound with the occasional attempt at a kimura. Nearly had Rogers arm too I guess.

Strange to watch fights from his prime where he was trowing guys around and snatching arms, and then watch recent fights where he's simply swinging for the fences.

Whether he fights again or not, until someone comes along and does what he did, he is still the greatest hvywt of all time and atleast top 5 P4P of all time.
djp1988- August 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm
NOTSOB, you must be new here.
RSparrow- August 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm
Bad, Bad, move. Sign him to the UFC and make him make his way up the latter. The guy will bring in PPV, fill those seats, and entertain. This is a losing situation, and makes me sick. Throw him Schaub, Nelson, Kongo, let him work up, he will, and quick. Swallow your pride man, we know you don't like him. Sign him for the fans sake, it'll pay off. Someone please twitter that shit to him.
bobafet- August 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Having watched nearly all of his pro fights, I considered Fedor to be the best in the world hands down, until about the time the UFC started bringing in all the pride guys (2005?).
Since then Fedor hasn't been fighting the best, and I regret that. Who knows what his career could have been. Remember our favorite fighters are not necessarily the ones who never lose, and when he was active in the pride era he was as exciting as anyone I've ever seen. Its a shame, they squandered his talent. we've seen so many amazing fighters develop and improve dramatically by stepping up to new challenges and evolving. Fedor refused to evolve.
joshuan29- August 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm
this whole thing is sad and that bald headed fuck couldnt wait to get his dig in! the facts are these: dana knows that up until 2008 or maybe even later(until the ascension of cain carwin and jds) fedor woulda smashed through his hvywt division. he beat the living hell outta sylvia and cold cocked aa both fresh off ufc stints and not far removed from being the two top guys along with mir. i hate to say this as i am a couture fan but randy would not have stood a chance with fedor. dana is bitter that he didnt get to cash in. if you can put down ur zuffa coffee cup for just a minute, read this guys won loss record and list of great fighters that he has beaten, and watch highlights of the way he did it, you will know he is an alltime great. best hvwt ever so far for certain. i wont even bother to explain any further