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Fedor Refuses Pedro Rizzo Fight

MMA Fightline is saying that sources close to M-1 Global have confirmed the following:

…they received an offer from Art Of War to set up a fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Pedro Rizzo. M-1 was uninterested in the offer however and it was promptly rejected. No further details were given as to the reason.

There’s certainly got to be more to this story than a simple turn down. Maybe it’s the actual offer, because it doesn’t seem like M-1 has got something better in its back pocket. Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo is 16-7 and became the Art Of War’s heavyweight division champ back in September via TKO over the musically-challenged and horribly-tattooed Jeff Monson. Since this Couture thing looks miles down the road, The Rock would be a logical fight for Fedor – especially to the pea-brained nay sayers that say he never takes a tough fight.

Fedor is going to be fighting in April, but Rizzo isn’t part of that plan. Sherdog had this earlier in the week:

Obviously M-1 Global is working hard even in the early stages to make the multi-million dollar Couture-Emelianenko fight happen.

In the short-term, M-1 Global pushed back its U.S. debut from February to April. The promotion had the chance to book the United Center in Chicago for Feb. 16 but opted against it as fighter negotiations had not progressed accordingly. April 11 now appears to be the targeted date for either the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., or the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Regardless of venue and date, Emelianenko is headlining the event. As for his opponent, Dutchman Semmy Schilt seems to have overtaken Pedro Rizzo and Jeff Monson in favor with Finkelstein and company. The three-time K-1 World Grand Prix champion made a successful comeback to MMA on Jan. 12 and will be in Moscow the second weekend in February to negotiate the details.

Schilt makes us yawn, Monson would have made us tune in, and a Rizzo fight would’ve been intriguing. Then again, we’re all just passing the time until The Natural steps into the cage to get this thing settled once and for all. But for now, it’s Randy vs. Father Time – and the UFC.

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jason hughes- March 25, 2008 at 10:27 pm
i dont think any one of you has ever even watched a fedor fight,or you wouldnt be talking out of your assholes instead of your brains. open your minds and watch something other thanthe ufc for a while or just stay off the internet for a while because yor bullshit comments make no sense. RANDY wouldnt want to fight fedor so bad if he wasnt a great fighter but you woulnt know anything about that because because you are all shit for brains
Thumper- February 17, 2008 at 3:24 am
Think you are missing the point Eric, despite what everyone here says pull one name from this list that is also in the top 5 in the world, hell let's go top ten. He should avoid PEdro cause Pedro would had him his ass, and just about every other HW out there too.

Win Hong Man Choi Submission (Armbar) Yarennoka -
Win Matt Lindland Submission (Armbar) Bodog Fight -
Win Mark Hunt Submission (Kimura) PRIDE -
Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE 32 -
Win Wagner da Conceicao Martins Submission (Punches) PRIDE -
Win Mirko Filipovic Decision (Unaminous) PRIDE -
Eric- February 1, 2008 at 1:47 am
It is always interesting to see what the "Armchair Athletes" have to say. For God's sake guys...know what you are talking about before you open your mouths and make an ass out of yourself.

Fedor is a Nobody? All he fights are jelly-bellied Japs? Obviously those who make comments like this are idiots . But, for those Democrats (oh...I mean idiots...but wait...they're one in the same) who make comments like this...I am posting below his record. Ever heard of Antonio Nogueira (Twice), Kevin Randleman, Heath Herring, Gary Goodridge, Mirko Filipovic (Cro Cop), Mark Hunt, Matt Lindland, Mark Hunt, or Mark Coleman...Never mind, Those who are clueless can read below for yourselves:

Win Hong Man Choi Submission (Armbar) Yarennoka -
Win Matt Lindland Submission (Armbar) Bodog Fight -
Win Mark Hunt Submission (Kimura) PRIDE -
Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE 32 -
Win Wagner da Conceicao Martins Submission (Punches) PRIDE -
Win Mirko Filipovic Decision (Unaminous) PRIDE -
Win Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Doctor Stoppage) PRIDE -
Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE -
NC Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira No Contest - Accidental Cut PRIDE -
Win Naoya Ogawa Submission (Armbar) PRIDE -
Win Kevin Randleman Submission (Kimura) PRIDE -
Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE -
Win Yuji Nagata TKO (Punches)
Win Gary Goodridge TKO (Strikes) PRIDE -
Win Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (Choke) PRIDE 26 -
Win Egidijus Valavicius Submission (Kimura) Rings Lithuania -
Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 25 -
Win Heath Herring TKO (Cut) PRIDE 23 -
Win Semmy Schilt Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 21 -
Win Chris Haseman TKO (Lost Points) Rings -
Win Lee Hasdell Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rings -
Win Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (Unanimous) Rings -
Win Renato Sobral Decision (Unanimous) Rings -
Win Kerry Schall Submission (Armbar) Rings -
Win Mihail Apostolov Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Rings Russia -
Loss Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (Cut) Rings -
Win Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) Rings -
Win Hiroya Takada KO (Punches) Rings -
Win Levon Lagvilava Submission (Choke) Rings -

Open your eyes before you open your mouths!
Olie- January 24, 2008 at 11:12 pm
Unless good shit happens we won't know. Fedor has beaten quality though, you can't deny that but I also agree there's been a lot of mediocracy recently. Fedor wouldn't turn down a fight. Any fight. You can just tell.
Turdburglar- January 24, 2008 at 9:49 pm
Fucking AAAAmen Big L.

as i stated back in the Fedor debate:

sorry poeple but Fedor beating japanese jellyheads, washed up ex UFC fighters and no talet/name fighters in europe for 8 years does not make him the best heavy weight in the world. oh and overrated brazillians and ogres too.

Fedor would definitely fall to Couture (now, not just in prime).

one of the main factors everyone seems to forget is that UFC actually has a strict policy on riods. hence all the pride fighter busts in the recent months. (and no, Anderson Silva is not a pride fighter just because he had 3 matches with them)
everyone from pride has been a very dissapointing bust except for Rampage.

Fedor would probably loose to Gonzaga too.
chris- January 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm
Im nitpicking here, but Rizzo won his Art of War heavyweight belt after beating Justin Eilers.
Big Latin- January 24, 2008 at 5:57 pm
Fedor is not even top 5 right now. He hasn't fought top competition in ages and now has turned to turning away fights. It's easy to keep a sparkling record when you fight a bunch of fucking tomato cans! The biggest mistake was for him to say no to the UFC. If he could just have taken 5-6 fucking fights, clean up the whole HW division he would then prove to be the top dawg in the yard, but he goes with a upstart organization who books his first fucking fight with a fucking oddity. Practically every UFC HW should be considered a rank over Fedor because they are in the fire constantly fighting top tier competition. Arlovski, Sylvia,Kongo, Cro Cop, Nogiero, Gonzaga, all of these guys are constantly tested against each other or up and coming talent which is top tier talent. Honestly I would love for Dana to change his mind and open the doors and let his fighters start mashing up the competitions fighters. Nothing would put them out of business faster than the UFC fighters waxing them and proving that the superior fighters are clearly in that organization.!
Cory- January 24, 2008 at 1:09 pm
Fedor is a joke he will only fight the fights he knows he will win I can see it know Randy gets cleared to fight and Fedor goes running because even though he isnt the best HW in the world he does his best to appear that he is.
Damian- January 24, 2008 at 8:56 am
olie is right about fedor's attitude. Unfortunately he does fight freaks and nobodies and I seriously feel that no one can seriously claim hes the best right now. For the love of god, his was face fucked up after the hong man choi fight and he only took like 5 punches from that oddity. He needed that submission win or that freak could have possibly smashed his face! If randy gets a hold of him it could be worse. I mean. a man who is being sued and hasnt had a fight in a year could be really dangerous. Hell, The angry old fuck will probly tee off on the guys face thinking he is Dana!
Olie- January 24, 2008 at 8:19 am
Fedor has fought some really good fighters. Yes, he has fought mediocracy but his wins are consistent. I think it's his attitude that people really like about Fedor. He doesn't talk shit and is just a very humble guy. A model pro you could say.

I don't think Fedor has much of a say over who he fights to be honest. That's up to the promotors on both camps to come up with an agreement. I'm sure Fedor would take on Couture tomorrow if he was asked.
MMA Ninja- January 24, 2008 at 5:26 am
Rizzo doesn't exactly stand much chance against Fedor.

Fedor's much less skilled buddy Roman Zentsov KO's Rizzo with a single left hook and Fedor's other former training partner Sergei Haritonov completely demolished him without much trouble.

I don't think it'll be competitive. People will say that he fought another tomato can, if he did fight him.

Schilt on the other hand had some serious success in K-1 since his last loss to Fedor and the size difference is always a factor.
godzillad- January 24, 2008 at 2:59 am
I like that this one is in America. Semmy will have to be sub 265 again for the fight to take place, none of this 340 pound bullshit. If Fedor loses nobody has an excuse.
Jemaleddin- January 24, 2008 at 2:18 am
Of course, the reason we pea-brains keep nay-saying is that he never seems to take a real fight. Semmy is a guy he already beat. Let's see him fight somebody new. Somebody who stands a chance. Somebody with anywhere near his skill level.