MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Fedor Emelianenko ‘Disappointed’ By Josh Barnett’s Steroid Bust, Would Prefer Brett Rogers


(Meanwhile, Fedor’s urine test came up positive for vodka and childlike wonderment. Props to M1.)

Fedor Emelianenko and his manager, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein, held a press conference today in Moscow to assure fans that contrary to recent reports, death-reports/”>he is still alive. Kidding, y’all. Actually, they met with Russian media to answer questions about this Josh Barnett clusterfuck. Some highlights:

On Barnett: “I feel disappointed about this situation. But I will fight anyone who Affliction puts in front of me. I know a lot of fans waited for this fight to happen and I am sorry for them. I can’t do much about it now but I am in good shape, my training has been good and continues to go well…There was no specific manner to prepare for the planned bout with Josh Barnett. It’s all the same: standup and ground game… Undoubtedly, it’s better to know the name of your opponent long before the fight.”

On Barnett’s Replacement: “By the end of the evening we expect to officially announce who’ll be the replacement for Barnett. Vitor Belfort agreed to come in principle. We personally entertain the idea of having Brett Rogers step in since he knocked Andrei Arlovski out. But if there is any problem with Rogers, then it’s pretty safe to say it’s going to be Belfort. However, we are well aware of the fact that fans don’t consider Vitor Belfort to be a suitable replacement, according to a recent Sherdog poll*…Belfort can make heavyweight but the fans don’t want this fight. Fedor isn’t seeking an easy fight. If logistics weren’t an issue, we’d like to see Fedor fight against Brett Rogers. Fans want it (and) so do we.”


On the UFC: “We are open to any offer. The issue really is with the UFC, not with us. We are ready to fight the UFC champions…Just remember the scandal when we founded M-1 Global. Randy Couture left the UFC in order to get the opportunity of fighting Fedor. Then the UFC sidelined him and litigation ensued. We want to negotiate and cooperate with the UFC but it seems as though they are not ready…The UFC’s roster is occupied by a vast majority of American athletes. Not every single best fighter is under their banner. So don’t believe the hype. There is no real international diversity that’s anywhere close to what we’re doing with our M-1 Challenge concept.”

* It is still unclear how Fedor feels about the current CagePotato poll ("Which current UFC champion will be the last to lose his title?"), though one would assume he’d select Georges St. Pierre.

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mr_popo0- July 24, 2009 at 12:03 am
LOL!!!! at JPfighter
Shatski- July 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm
It's kind of a goofy thought, but it is almost like Affliction is doing their damndest to try to save face and take away some of the UFC's credibility with this fight. They still want Fedor to be the big draw so he needs an opponent. Dana White says he's thinking of bringing in Vitor Belfort to after his contract opens up to fight Anderson Silva. So, if (more likely, when) Belfort gets pummeled by Fedor, he'd be coming off of a loss then going on to fight the middleweight champ, which just looks ridiculous. Then again, it could have no effect since he does primarily fight at weight classes twenty to fifty pounds lighter than what Fedor weighs, so it's almost a given that he would lose. No credibility hurt and all is forgiven in Belfort's case.

Atencio may just be trying to still have some kind of draw for the sinking ship, but he's also trying to hurt the UFC's business by trying to undermine the credibility of a potential main event fight for a future PPV.
Jonny5- July 23, 2009 at 10:07 am
Jorge Santiago vs TBA.....??? Way to let one bad drug test ruin two top fights. + after DW's little blurb about Belfort recently we all wanted to see him against Santiago to see his performance against an actual top ten MW in the world. I mean Lindland and Martin is cool but I thought this was gonna b tha one where we really got to see Belfort under some real fire. Now it is totally true but so much less relevant especially after Belforts refusal to fight Mousasi at a higher weight class a few weeks ago. I was happy they had gotten Santiago.
Maitreyan disciple- July 23, 2009 at 10:01 am
Maitreya, will step up for 2 costco chickens, a lb of chronic and 10 lbs of the sweet white cure.
Jonny5- July 23, 2009 at 9:42 am
Rogers deserved the payday and that way they wouldn't of ruined the Belfort Santiago match which I was very excited about. Bad move I think but I will probably still watch.
ZombieLove- July 23, 2009 at 9:14 am
We caught up with our sources and it is official that Fedor is fighting Vitor Belfort.
Oh... well I'll just go back to not giving a shit about Affliction then. Hopefully Fedor can come to some kind of agreement with the UFC. That's where the real heavyweight challenges are anyway.
just some dong- July 23, 2009 at 8:59 am
Man, I was gonna buy this PPV just to support MMA and see if Fedor could do it again. But a win over Belfort wouldn't be much of an accomplishment (for Fedor, that is) and I doubt if anything can save Affliction now. Just feels like I'd be throwing money away...

'Course, it might be worth it just for the hilariously bad production and tangible feeling of shattered dreams in the air...

Breath deep, Dana.

My Cage- July 23, 2009 at 8:42 am
I would love Fedor to fight Brett Rogers, after the K.O he did to arlovski. We caught up with our sources and it is official that Fedor is fighting Vitor Belfort.
ZombieLove- July 23, 2009 at 8:27 am
*Squees like a girl* I would soooo love to see Brett Rogers thrown in there with Fedor. Out of the current pick of heavyweights (to step in), he's the one I care about most. At best Barnett's fight was going to be a gruelingly dull attempt to take Fedor out to a decision....but Rogers? Rogers knocks people the fuck out. Suddenly I actually care about an Affliction fight.

Oh yeah, hi everybody! I'm new. :)
Crackgibson- July 23, 2009 at 8:15 am
"Fedor, you get yourself a job by sundown or I'm shipping you off to military school with that goddamn Finkelchtein shit kid! Son of a bitch!"
Jeffro- July 23, 2009 at 7:59 am
Belfort will have to make 206 to be a heavyweight. He will be bloated and he certainly will not have the hand speed that he displayed in his last fight.

Very disappointing.

RearNakedPoke- July 23, 2009 at 7:56 am
@Kim Couture is ... Says:...... ummm look at his record sweetheart, Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE 32-The Real Deal 10/21/2006 2 1:15
Win Wagner da Conceicao Martins Submission (Punches) PRIDE-Shockwave 2005 12/31/2005 1 0:26
Win Mirko Filipovic Decision (Unaminous) PRIDE-Final Conflict 2005 8/28/2005 3 5:00
Win Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Doctor Stoppage) PRIDE-Bushido 6 4/3/2005 1 10:00
Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE-Shockwave 2004 12/31/2004 3 5:00
NC Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira No Contest - Accidental Cut PRIDE-Final Conflict 2004 8/15/2004 1 3:52
Win Naoya Ogawa Submission (Armbar) PRIDE-Final Conflict 2004 8/15/2004 1 0:54
Win Kevin Randleman Submission (Kimura) PRIDE-Critical Countdown 2004 6/20/2004 1 1:33
Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE-Total Elimination 2004 4/25/2004 1 2:11
Win Yuji Nagata TKO (Punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003-Inoki Festival 12/31/2003 1 1:02
Win Gary Goodridge TKO (Strikes) PRIDE-Total Elimination 2003 8/10/2003 1 1:09
Win Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (Choke) PRIDE 26-Bad to the Bone 6/8/2003 1 4:17
Win Egidijus Valavicius Submission (Kimura) Rings Lithuania-Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas 4/5/2003 N/A
Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 25-Body Blow 3/16/2003 3 5:00
Win Heath Herring TKO (Cut) PRIDE 23-Championship Chaos 2 11/24/2002 1 10:00
Win Semmy Schilt Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 21-Demolition 6/23/2002 3 5:00
Win Chris Haseman TKO (Lost Points) Rings-World Title Series Grand Final 2/15/2002 1 2:50
Win Lee Hasdell Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rings-World Title Series 5 12/21/2001 1 4:10
Win Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (Unanimous) Rings-World Title Series 4 10/20/2001 3 5:00
Win Renato Sobral Decision (Unanimous) Rings-10th Anniversary 8/11/2001 2 5:00
Win Kerry Schall Submission (Armbar) Rings-World Title Series 1 4/20/2001 1 1:47
Win Mihail Apostolov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rings Russia-Russia vs Bulgaria 4/6/2001 1 1:03
Loss Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Cut) Rings-King of Kings 2000 Block B 12/22/2000 1 0:17
Win Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) Rings-King of Kings 2000 Block B 12/22/2000 3 5:00
Win Hiroya Takada KO (Punches) Rings-Battle Genesis Vol. 6 9/5/2000 1 0:12
Win Levon Lagvilava Submission (Choke) Rings-Russia vs Georgia

you must be new to the sport
Kim Couture is a cunt- July 23, 2009 at 7:40 am
Fedor can suck a dick. Im so sick of this fuckin guy. P4P the greatest fighter in the world who recently has knocked out 2 UFC rejects, one who just got owned by RAY MERCER and another that is a walking KO waiting to happen. Fuck him now he gets another middleweight. Whata joke.
sPeLLcHeCkEr- July 23, 2009 at 7:34 am
LOL @ JPfighter... all it needs after that is a run-in by Fedor, who grabs the UFC belt and knocks out Lesnar/Lashley/DW. He then runs back up the aisle clutching the belt towards backstage, hops in a limo and screeches out of the arena, shades of Bobby Heenan. Pure gold.

@DansMuayThaiMMA: Cain Vasquez = Cain Velasquez.

Vasquez was that butchy latina chick from Aliens.
vyapaar- July 23, 2009 at 7:28 am
Now that is how a true champion talks like. He know what the fans want -- asking for brett rogers -- He is not making any excuses about training for a different guy on such a short notice -- and is apologetic to the fans about the fucked up thing barnett has done. Can't wait to see him go UFC - if that happens - and knock the shit out of the heavy weights over there.
Soda Popinski- July 23, 2009 at 7:20 am
belfort better not wear white shorts, thats all im saying.
Endocat- July 23, 2009 at 7:16 am
if Tim can get paid 800,000 to lose in 36 seconds, then so can Brett
RearNakedPoke- July 23, 2009 at 7:13 am
Rogers has a 30second chance of winning this fight....time starts now
Mike Milbury- July 23, 2009 at 7:06 am
Does Rogers really deserve the alleged $800,000?
TheHuytonHandGrenade- July 23, 2009 at 7:02 am
As we all Know Belfort isnt the best replacement to take on Fedor. Fedor is not a massive heavyweight probably around 220lbs isnt he? so when Belfort was told he might get a chance at this he probably would have been around 200lbs himself so by fight time theres not going to be a huge difference in weight. Its not ideal but realistically who else is going to accept the fight now? If Fedor doesnt fight on this card, Affliction has less chance than they had of surviving.
JPfighter- July 23, 2009 at 6:57 am
Given that this whole situation is so screwed up, Affliction should just turn the main event into a Battle Royale held on an Native Reserve (to avoid the grasp of CSAC). Fedor, Belfort, Rogers, Babalu, Arlovski, Yvel, Buentello, Rothwell. Then, half way through the match, Lashley shows up and cleans house in less than 30 seconds. As Lashley is left standing in apparent victory, in comes Brock Lesnar with Dana White following behind with a 2x4. The ultimate showdown!
Koeikan- July 23, 2009 at 6:53 am
@DansMuayThaiMMA: Not sure it's an issue... Barnett just f'ed Affliction. I would be surprised if this isn't their last event.
DansMuayThaiMMA- July 23, 2009 at 6:49 am
Does anyone know for sure how many more fights Fedor is under contract for before he can sign with UFC?

I'd love to see him against Brock, but I also want to see him against Randy as well. A lot of people are saying there are no good heavy weights, but to be honest, I think there are some good names coming up. For instance you have the following:

Shane Carwin
Bobby Lashley (not UFC yet)
Kimbo
Cain Vasquez
Not to mention we don't know who will come out of TUF 10

Then of course you have Randy who could fight up, Fedor if he signs. At some point, someone will beat Brock and I'm looking forward to that.

Dan
www.dansmuaythaimma.com
Koeikan- July 23, 2009 at 6:48 am
I dunno... I think a motivated Belfort (which you can bet your ass we're gonna see) presents more problems than Rogers.

Rogers is absolutely dangerous, but I think Belfort's speed and crisp boxing could be a problem. Of course, that all changes if Fedor takes him down.
mayhem- July 23, 2009 at 6:45 am
If its Bret he will get taken down and subed fast...
If its Vitor he will be beaten up and down much like the last MW to fight Fedor did.
Neither guy is a valid replacment. Just one happens to be a MW while the other a MW... so pick your poision. They will both go down hard and fast.
Fedor will go home and will continue to fight has beens and never was fighters.
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