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It’s Official: Fedor vs. Aoki in “Sparring Exhibition”

(The hoax match-up the world has been talking about since never.)

It’s a crazy rumor no more.  Now Fedor Emelianenko vs. Shinya Aoki is a crazy fact, according to press release sent out today by M-1 Global.  The two will square off in a "five-minute special sparring exhibition" at the "M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction" on April 29 in Tokyo.  So what will the lightweight and the heavyweight try to do to each other over the course of the most bizarre and pointless five minutes in MMA history?  According to the press release:

Complete rules of the Fedor vs. Aoki sparring exhibition are still being negotiated, but it will be presented as a special attraction during a 19-bout event scheduled to feature head-to-head M-1 Challenge matchups between host country Japan vs. England, Team USA West vs. South Korea, and Spain vs. France.

Well, that’s appropriately vague.  I guess this is what happens when you start to run out of credible opponents (who won’t ask for a lot money to fight you) but you still want to get out of the house and break a sweat: you spar with a skinny guy in tights.  Sounds reasonable.  Oh, wait.  No, it’s completely insane.  But what do we expect at this point?

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dude- April 24, 2009 at 9:29 am
I love the ufc, ive watched it for a very long time but heres a comparison.

UFC- capitalists
MMA world- environment

The capiutalists dont give a fuck what happens outside of their world or for the sport, they just wanna be rich.
Anonymous- April 24, 2009 at 9:14 am
You're right. D White also continues to say, " If Fedor wants to be the best, he has to fight the best." Well, so far Arlovski is ranked #3 by sherdog and Barnett is #2. So much for UFC having the best.
Anonymous- April 24, 2009 at 9:12 am
Exhibition.........i think this means its just an entertainment for the people who will assist to the event....................not a real fight as the people is considering it, and correct me if i am mistaken because im dont speak english very correctly.......and i think every one who says fedor is not an awesome fighter(for me the best ever, at least the best of these decade because is since 2000 when i have started practicing and watching mma) is just a complete ignorant or is blinded by the ufc.......
canadianeh- April 24, 2009 at 8:30 am
Hmmm last time i check, Fedor has notable wins over:

Antonio Nogueira
Renato Sobral
Cro Cop

Those are wins over legit fighters. That is impressive. That's more wins over notable fighters that you can say for anderson silva and gsp now get your facts straight buddy. Fedor is 30-0, even though some of those wins were maybe not vs the hardest competition, I victory is always one punch away. They all had a punchers chance.
MMA Finnfan- April 24, 2009 at 12:01 am
I think CP and DW are having sex together. and CP´s the bitch.
CAP LOCKS HAL- April 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm
SCM- April 23, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Fedor will throw that little fucker in the air. And beat him up with ease. What a wierd event. Fedor is a punk for not wanting to come to the UFC. The only way he will is if Dana builds a stadium in Russia and lets the whole red devil team get contracts. What a douche. Never. Fuck russia
Realistic Rick- April 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Aoki takes this one easily. He is much to slippery for Fedor to hold on to, and without punching Fedor realy lacks to much submission skill. I'd say Aoki by triangle within the first two minutes of the exhibition.
Elijah- April 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm

It says right in the release that it is a 'special sparring match' which could mean anything, although it is likely mostly just grappling
Elijah- April 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm
Finally, a voice of reason with some facts behind it. As much as I would love to see Fedor in the UFC, it is not the best move for him. Sure, he and his managers could make a couple of concessions, but he winds up being stuck in a contract that favours the UFC. This is for as long as they want to keep him there, at a fixed rate of pay, and they can cut him whenever they want once his first deal expires for no reason. That is incredibly foolish for him to accept.

Dana will not likely cross-promote becaue I think he is fairly certain that his people will lose to Fedor and therefore the UFC loses credibility. He and the gang have worked too hard to risk letting the other orgs get a stronger foothold, even though it would likely be better for the sport as a whole...there is too much control for not enough pay in the UFC, although they are generally the best org right now.

The best, and worst, thing that should happen is that we have a governing body that allows fighters to compete for any promotion just like (dare I say it?) boxing. That sport is pretty corrupt and has too many orgs, but the freedom to fight for whomever they choose. Can you imagine the excitement if Randy had been allowed to fight Fedor 2 years ago while still the UFC champ? Or how about if Fedor and Mir/Lesnar got to face off? What about Anderson Silva and (insert favourite MW/LHW from within or outside of the UFC)? We need to be shown matches that people want to see, and fighters who are legitimately the top contenders need to get a shot after earning it.
Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm
guys its not a fight its an exhibition its not like fedors going to run in and rip aoki's arms off...nor is a loss going on the record of the losser nor is it a ploy to protect fedor its a chance to see the less useful but impressive throws that are in sambo while watching crazy flying submission attepts all in all good fun.
Walrus- April 23, 2009 at 2:18 pm

Fedor could shop for groceries and I'd still watch it online.
marcos- April 23, 2009 at 1:55 pm
I agree. This isn't a fight fight. It's a grappling fight. And I am also sick of the Fedor bashing. Despite not being in the UFC he has still managed to roll through a few ex-UFC heavyweight champs in his time.
huah- April 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm
You idiots know it's sparring match? They are not fighting for real and it's most likely only grappling.
wow- April 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm
lose lose situation for fedor, makes not much sense to fight a light weight, if he doesn't knock Aoki out he will look like a chump
EC- April 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Aoki by "Japanese backpack" + Benny Hill theme music
bitteralex- April 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm
well atleast we know aoki will last longer than tim sylvia and wont get ktfo with a flying knee attempt....
Mat- April 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Who's up for a Japanese Pretzel? Extra Mustard anyone... anyone?
PingPong- April 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Aoki is becoming the BJ Penn of Japan.
drummer- April 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm
this is so fuckin stupid, i'd laugh my head off if Aoki won.
k- April 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Which one will be dressed as a cartoon character?
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Scott- April 23, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Whole lot of hating going on.
I think this will be awesome to see. I know these guys are getting paid but I also think that this is a fun opportunity for them. In what other sport could two all starts throw together something like this?

Basically this is like two NBA all stars putting together a 1 on 1 match. That would never happen. Be happy that you can see something like this take place.
Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 11:52 am
What are you people going on about him not fighting "FEDOR IS FIGHTING ON THE UPCOMING AFFLICTION CARD".
Anonymous- April 23, 2009 at 11:52 am
aoki looks like fedors shit in the toilet...... Fedor has what ? like 100 pounds more?