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Fedor Still Talking That New Year’s Eve Jive?

(‘Bring me your tired, your freaks, your outmatched fools. I fight them on eve of the new year, yes?’)

The official Dream website has posted an interview they conducted with Fedor Emelianenko, but unfortunately for me it’s all transcribed in squiggly lines that I can make neither heads nor tails of. Good thing Suki came along to translate it, otherwise we might have missed this:

- Japanese fans are expected to see you fight in NYE in Japan again.

I want to fight in Japan again; however, I cannot control everything. God knows what will happen. Whether I fight or not in NYE depends on a negotiation between my manager and DREAM.

Perhaps Fedor is just blowing smoke here to keep his Japanese public happy, but that’s a very different story than the one Tom Atencio is telling. He claims to have verification from Fedor’s management that he absolutely, positively will not fight on New Year’s Eve. So, assuming Fedor is not consciously lying in this Dream interview, this means:

1) Fedor’s management is willing to rent him out to the highest bidder, regardless of whether they’ve already committed him to fight elsewhere.

2) Fedor’s management doesn’t necessarily tell Fedor everything that’s going on.

3) There are some nuances being lost in translation.

The first option seems plausible because, well, Fedor is managed by crazy Russians, according Dana White. The second option is also not too unrealistic, for the same crazy Russian reasons. Option three is especially possible since Fedor’s comments had to go from Russian to Japanese to English. In other words, yeah, we don’t know what the hell is really going on. Which probably puts us in the same boat as Fedor.

In the interview Fedor also downplayed rumors he might face judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii, who he described as having “unrealistic” ambitions. He also said he didn’t get to see Ishii’s judo matches since he was in the U.S. during the Olympics and “the U.S. television broadcast a swimming race but not Judo.”

As for his next fight:

- Who is your rival?

I have been told that my opponent would be Andrei Arlovski or Josh Barnett in the next Affliction. Both of them were the former UFC champions and I’m sure they are strong.

No mention of Roy Nelson? Sup with that? Okay, he gets a pass since that’s all very recent news and probably developed after the interview, but still, don’t sleep on “Big Country.” He looks even more physically unimpressive than you, Fedor. So take that.

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MKXii- September 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm
@ Bryan and MMA Fan1

Kimbo Slice's Joke
(0,0) -your head.
walrus- September 29, 2008 at 6:22 pm
Next mismatched Fedor opponent...

...Gina Carano
Dana White- September 29, 2008 at 4:50 pm
Fedor can't bench 315 like my big badass self. So fuck all you haters!
Billy Bad Ass- September 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Joe Duarte pwns Says:

September 29th, 2008 at 8:06 pm
Dex forgot something. Not only did Lesnar beat HH about a month ago, I’m pretty sure at some point he beat HHH, which is even more impressive.

LMPRAO!!! Best post by far. Also, guys fighting on the forums here is like winning the 100 meters in the Special Olympics. Sure you win, but you're still retarded.

@UCF Fan

I'm not a Fedor fan, but you have to admit his skills. He'd dismantle Cock Chestner, while Randy in his prime would have dismantled him. See all we do is speak in hypotheticals. Who cares?
Renn- September 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm
I expect to see Fedor fight on NYE. Fedor and his management are pretty crafty and I am sure that they have some clause that they can use.

As for National wrestling champs and crap like that. It's all about talent pool. I am certain that Div I champs can beat the snot out of most foreign Olympic competitors. Large countries with massive vertically organized wrestling programs like the US will always have outstanding national level champs. Our system breeds collegiate level competitors that are dominant, yet we can't send them all to the Olympics.

Think of it this way. If some scrub from a small unorganized country like Haiti makes his Olympic team, does that make him better or just the only option available?

BTW each wrestler was scheduled to only have a max of 6 matches for the entire Olympics this year. Not many matches to prove their talent in comparison to a collegiate level competitor who may have 60+.
MMA Wannabe- September 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm
@ UFC fan

Disagreeing doesn't make you a troll. Baiting people into a racial discussion with pointless slurs, or throwing out insults at those who disagree with you, does.

Fedor is irrelevant? It took you three lines to explain just how. Can you explain in technical terms how he is irrelevant? How Fedor effects or does not effect pay-per-view-buys, his fighting skill, his fitness, his appearance, or some other intelligent point would do. I'll believe it if you can.

But somehow I'm anticipating an Ad Hominem laden response. I'm being serious. Actually try to prove your point, please.
UFC fan- September 29, 2008 at 3:08 pm
Isn't it funny how people who disagree with others are trolls? Hey dumbasses understand this, the true meaning of a troll is a guy who not only fucks up a forum they also can hack it, and Im sure ben doesn't want REAL trolls here so shut the fuck up for Fedor the fucking magnifCUNT, and Cock chestner, lets sum up.
Fedor: crazy russian bastard who wont ever be relevant in MMA cause hes hes a infected fucker with crazy management who are unrealistic, hes a wash, hes a nothing.
Cock Chestner: wrassled, wrestled and talks shit, takes steroids, has no dick, and has no skills, hes a freak show like Fedor, and wont last.
All the fedor fans and cock fans are fools.
Badguy- September 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm
As far as negotiations with Fedor. Who know's who is asking for what. But you can bank on it, the UFC has no reason to do there contracts any way else. They protect there interest and fighters make more money there then any place else.

No other org in the US or any place other then Japan can claim fighters making 500-1.5 MIl a fight. Not to mention sponsorship is on another planet compared to the others. So why would they invest time and money in a fighter and let him walk to another org or leave with the belt. These are the things that fucked boxing. Titles being stripped cuz fighters wont defend. Or politics among promotors.

Fedor in essense is a losing proposition. He did nothing for Affliction. So for the most part he isnt worth what the UFC was offering him. But they know they can market him, expose him to the masses and get him the attention a guy like that needs. Cuz lets face it, it is pretty tough to seel the pillsbury dough boy with no personality to sell a ticket no matter how good he is. Using just his talent would take an awful long time.

it is well known M1 wanted to co promote like they did with Affliciton and there name on the canvas. This is not happening with the UFC.

If he likes his pay he should sign. I'm sure they could work out a deal were if his contract is up and he is champ he gets more. this seems like the biggest issue the rest is BS posturing by both the UFC and the Russians. Fuck Sambo. Again when your the champ of the UFC you need to decide what is most important for the time being. Missing a few Sambo matches for 3 yrs is not that big of a deal. Maybe he says it is, but whatever if so, the so be it. He can fight misc meaningless fights in Japan and upstarts in the US that cant turn a profit while over paying him cuz he cant carry the card. I dont think the UFC or the Russains should be upset. Thats business. If you like the contract sign if not dont, but dont bitch about it, no body owes him anything period.
pistol p- September 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm
Dis forum rocks u fukin guys r hilarious
mayhem420- September 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm

lol sorry couldnt resist!
MMA_Hole- September 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm
Wow. How can so many argue and yet have no idea what they're talking about? Wow. Just... wow.
Boner- September 29, 2008 at 12:12 pm
Sooo...I wonder how Ben Goldstein, you know one of the gents here at cagepotato, feels about all this anti-semetic talk (sorry if I misread it, but I believe I remember you mentioning something about being jewish...) @cr_trinity- you keep holding on to your conspiracy theories, maybe they let you sleep at night when you try to rationalize it's the jews that are making you poor and not your own stupidity. As for the Fedor comments- I've seen him fight and be dominant, but you really have to wonder how valid his victories in japan were. I'm pretty confident that a reason a lot of japanese fighters suck here is because they can't take their roids anymore. Also there were rumors about some funny business going on with fixed fights etc. I just think his record might have been inflated because the caliber of people he fought was inflated due to shady things going on over in japan.
Badguy- September 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm
To the person that thinks D1 wrestling champions are less in value then Olympic champions. Well this tells me you dont have a clue about wrestling.

the olympics is More prestigious yes. But I'm not sure it is a tougher thing to win at.
For one thing, Folkstyle wrestling is a more overall in compassing wrestling which include variables from both Greco and Frestyle, but also has alot more ground wrestling which is why D1 wrestling tends to transfer over to MMA more so.
You can do leg attacks and upper body attacks, this is something you cant do in
greco. You have much more ground grappling in folkstyle which is almost non existant in freestyle and Greco. The matches are also alot more grueling. Winning a national title is pretty damm tuf. Folkstyle is are national wrestling, in Europe it is Freestyle or Greco. Dont see to many European Wrestling champions doing that well in MMA.

Both are amazing accomplishments. But I'm not sure the olympics is the best measurement.
MMA Wannabe- September 29, 2008 at 11:59 am
@ Everyone

Just ignore the trolls. They are clearly in need of attention that they didn't get from their parents. Pity them. It's ok trolls! We still <3 you! =P

At any rate, Fedor's japanese fans love his freakshow fights and Fedor loves the fans. I don't see what's wrong with this.

A lot of people seem to hate on Hong-Man Choi. Sure, he was a noob. I'm not even sure if he's still in the MMA game, but at least he was no fat slouch like some other New Year's Eve prospects for Fedor. I'd honestly like to see Hong-Man take on Brock in a freakshow match; Hong-Man Choi is also a gifted freak of nature, it would be pretty interesting.
@ cr_trinity- September 29, 2008 at 10:48 am
LOL... keep drinking the cool-aid, you idiot. Take that bull shit to another site, nobody here is interested in hearing the mindless blathering of a uneducated simpleton.
cr_trinity- September 29, 2008 at 6:24 am
Why is it so bad to be anti Zionist? After all, the Zionist Elite, using the "Holocaust" as an excuse, stole the nation of Palestine from it's peoples, while hiding behind US Forces of course....
Mr Dvorak: i salute you. Fuck these US Pro Zionist Idiots who will most likely be killed by an Israeli Nuke that their tax dollars paid for.
Damian- September 29, 2008 at 5:42 am
@ bryan

Maybe most negotiations with fedor have failed because he asks for too much money and his last few fights have been against freaks. I know if i wanted to run a respectable company I wouldnt want to pay for some guy who has only had victories over freaks for his last couple opponents. (Im assuming your talking about the UFC since apparently companies like EliteXC love freaks [kimbo])
vv- September 29, 2008 at 5:39 am
Whoever is saying Fedor is over rated, while also trying to say that Lesner is somehow legit because he beat Heath Herring need to shut the fuck up. Its Heath mother fuckin Herring. He's good yes, but Fedor finished Heath in pride, unlike Lesner who kock rid him on the ground for 3 rounds. I'll give Lesner props for being an athletic beast, but his talent in MMA is very limited. Fedor is an amazing striker, one of the best submission heavyweights, and one of the top 5 MMA fighters in the world. I hope he strikes a deal with the UFC someday. I hate noobs.
Kim Couture is a cunt- September 29, 2008 at 5:13 am
LOL, OldBaldIrish, missed your post there you are with a beauty, this kid is a fuckin foreskin, what a knob.
Kim Couture is a cunt- September 29, 2008 at 5:11 am
Where the fuck is Old, Bald and Irish to fuckin smack this John C. fuckin homo when you need him.
Kim Couture is a cunt- September 29, 2008 at 5:09 am
@ John C. Dvorak

Are you new to this fuckin sport you idiot? Especially this site? Fedor and his management are THEEE worst in the industry to deal witrh, it is well known. Do you see the kind of bullshit him and his camp are putting AFFLICTION thru? Fedor and his camp are absolute roaches when it comes to business dealings. AFFLICTIONs whole existence relys on Fedor and they can't even set a date because of him. Fedor is hands down the P4P champ and the best in the biz but it is no wonder DANA said fuck this shit, this loser and his management can fuck off. Fedor and is management are a joke, as are you. Stop posting here or change your name, your takes are terrible, idiot.

Oh ya, right DANA sucks too, the whole reason you are a fan is because of him, the fuckin idiot as you call him, your a loser.
bryan- September 29, 2008 at 4:42 am
the comments that fedor is overrated are retarded...the other organizations have failed so he's had a hard time finding top level competition and he doesn't want to be owned by the ufc ....kimbo....he's never fought anyone...he beat the current ufc champ twice...he beat hh but actually was able to finished him...he beat crocop when he was good...fujita...big tim....anyone who has been at the top of the game he has beaten...with the exception of randy...but fedor's fights were just over in japan....if fedor fought lesner he would have lesner tapping within a minute...lesners too green, doesn't know any jits yet...he might be good in the future but fedor would rip the arm off him today...i got nothing against lesner....he's a mutant and has a big future but comparing the 2 is ridiculous...i can't believe the anti-semite has us talking about fedor and lesner....ridiculous
MMA Fan1- September 29, 2008 at 4:38 am
Kimbo Slice, I hope you were being sarcastic because if you weren't, you're an idiot! What's even FUNNIER is the name your using while talking shit about Fedor! Fedor has fought alot of top opponent who were mostly in there prime (Crocop) when they fought. The king of the heavyweights is the real deal although he will go off and do matches that doesn't make sense. I will give props to Brock Lesnar though because he was a NCAA champ which is a feat in itself, but his cockiness during his Herring match and the disrespect against Fedor in a phone interview makes him look like a meathead! He is an athletic bigman with speed and ridiculous power.
Poop-Eye- September 29, 2008 at 3:54 am
Poop in dem pants, buddy......doo-doo brown! Stains all up in dat ass.......fart!!!
Kimbo Slice- September 29, 2008 at 3:03 am
Fedor is totally over rated and has never fought anyone worth shit. He sucks russian donkey balls.