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Fedor Considering Permanent Move Down to Light Heavyweight; May Challenge Hendo

(No ice cream and vodka makes Fedor an angry stone-faced killer. Poor Hendo.)

For years MMA fans and analysts have hypothesized about what would happen if Fedor Emelianenko moved down a weight class to light heavyweight. Most salivated at the proposition of how much more dominant the once thought invincible Russian would be if he laid off the ice cream and vodka and moved down to fight at his more natural weight. Although the six-foot-tall, 230-pound fighter did quite well against much bigger opponents, he really wasn’t doing himself any favors by fighting giants with considerable height and weight advantages.

Case in point: In his last bout with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, “The Last Emperor” couldn’t seem to shake the massive Brazilian due in large to his smothering 50-plus-pound weight advantage. We’ve seen in the past that when fighting off of his back that Fedor does quite well, but with heavyweights getting bigger and better and the 34-year-old former PRIDE champ getting older, it’s probably time to drop down a class if he wants to maintain his legacy as one of the sport’s most dominant fighters. Sure he’s only actually *really* lost twice, but he’s lost two fights in a row to guys he would have murdered five years ago and it isn’t because Fabricio Werdum or Antonio Silva have grown more exponentially as fighters as he has; it’s because Emelianenko’s strength and speed advantage has begun to dissipate.

Besides retooling his pre-Cold War training regimen and bringing in some fresh trainers and training partners, the only viable solution for the doughy facial expressionally-challenged fighter to rebound from his recent string of hard luck in the cage would be to move to light heavyweight.

According to Fighters Only, Emelianenko is actually reconsidering  life as a heavyweight.

Representatives from M-1 Global informed the UK-based magazine over the weekend that Strikeforce has offered them a title bout with the promotion’s newly-crowned light heavyweight champ Dan Henderson later this year and that Fedor is strongly considering taking the fight and moving down to light heavyweight permanently. If it happens, Strikeforce’s 205-pound division may get a lot more interesting, but Emelianenko’s sometimes training partner and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Gegard Mousasi may reconsider his move up to 205 if it does.

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ccman- March 10, 2011 at 7:31 am
Actually after my early morning nap it dawned on me. There is no way sf can possibly pay hendo, fedor, AND m1 from the same event.

Back to sleep
DangadaDang- March 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm
And you guys call M-1 Global morons. They clearly added a "Bad News Bears" clause to his Strikeforce contract so that if he loses enough fights in a row he will eventually win one. Genius.
ghostboner- March 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm
You make a good point. Pretty round mnoobs too. So what I meant by "disturbed" was "what are you doing saturday night..."
Bootylam- March 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm
Part of Fedor's mystique was his ability to take punishment but fight on, now he don't got it no more. Can he take Hendo's right NOW? Hopefully we get to see (if Fedor's people don't come up with some bullshit like they did while letting him rust)
RaginAsian- March 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm
So a guy cuts weight for his first time ever and you put him up against the champ who doesn't have to cut weight even though he's used to it? Sounds like a recipe for success. Assuming you want to showcase your champ.
noizy- March 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm
If he moves down to 205 I'll forget all about these two losses. I promise.
ThrashingMad- March 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm
Randy got the interim title shot against Chuck after two losses at HW to Ricco and Barnetto, just saying.
RwilsonR- March 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm
@ intercept - not only is Fedor not as old as Randy, but he is almost exactly the same age now as Randy was when he made his pro-MMA debut. Think about that for a minute. I know sometimes people are upset by the amount of praised thrown Randy's way when he has a spotty record, but that man started in this sport at an age when most are declining. That in itself is pretty incredible.
jimbonics- March 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm
This'll be interesting, as Fedor has never had to cut weight in his life.
RwilsonR- March 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm
@ mcdolph - why not? Hendo did.
intercept440- March 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Fedor is about roughly the samenow as when couture moved down after losing the HW title.. they both were never very large heavy wieghts to being with, while not as old as randy he is still aging , and he is the coture equivelent as a big name draw for strikle force, its makes sense to let him fight hendo for a big money making payday for SF... however by doing so.. its not only going to have people bitching about title shots after two loses, but i suspect all the other LHW's are going to be a bit peeved as well... i would still watch it, who wouldnt its fedor for cry out loud.. and i dont see hendo winning it either, i predict murder bomb in round one for fedor, then he fiddle fuck around in SF till he retires by smashing all there LHW cans , while never taking serious fights (kinda like coture fighting toney or shit like that
ReX13- March 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm
You gotta admit...Carwin has nice nipples.
ghostboner- March 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm
@Rex - that was a good troll on MRuss there, but I am mildly disturbed be your attention to detail on that male chest...
Elentius- March 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Hendo beats him.
Chael Sonnens Balls- March 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm
JWM- March 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm
I called this before his loss to Bigfoot.
bardamu- March 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Yeah sure, like Fedor is an average MMA fighter...

Some people are such morons...

The guy fought many times guys much bigger than him.Anyway i won't bother explain why this calm russian guy is a THE legend of this sport.

UFC nuthuggers unleash your fury!...
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- March 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm
He is training at a walmart in Maine with the Maine-iac Tim Sylvia. He got the corner on the walmart training centers in main.
mcdolph- March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm
what a massive load of shit. 2 straight losses and now Strikeforce wants to give him a title shot. oh, hang on... he's moving to a different weight class... that's ok then because losers should get title-shots after two straight losses when they move to a different weight class.

what a joke.
bitteralex- March 9, 2011 at 12:37 pm
with srikeforce and m-1 involved there's no way this fight won't happen... right? right?
blackboxmma- March 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm
Just give him a few catch weight fights aagainst Henderson and a few others. Dont make the man give up his ice cream, he already stop wearing the sweater isnt that enough?
El Guapo- March 9, 2011 at 11:54 am
When's the last time The Last Emperor fought somebody his own size? If he can make weight without killing himself, Fedor's gonna dominate. Again.
ReX13- March 9, 2011 at 11:41 am
NOTSOB >> If you look at it from a body weight percentage, it makes more sense. (Until you get to heavyweight.)
NOTSOB- March 9, 2011 at 11:36 am
off the topic.
Why are the 135-145-155lbs divisions so close together? what makes these lightweight classes so special to be close together cuz when you look at the other end, 170-185-205; there is 15lb difference.. shouldnt there be 165 -175 etc?
Mike Russell- March 9, 2011 at 11:36 am