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Now Vadim Finkelstein Piles On, Says Lesnar Will ‘Never Be Champ Again’


(“Here we are, protected, free to make our profits without Kefauver, the goddamn Justice Department and the F.B.I. ninety miles away, in partnership with a friendly government. Michael, we’re bigger than U.S. Steel.” PicProps: Sho.com)

As the great poet Everlast once wrote, when it comes publicly remarking on the misfortunes of others you should always “clean up your own backyard, before you go knocking on your neighbor’s door.” Unfortunately, it appears the executives at M-1 Global were not heavy enough into the Caucasian hip-hop scene of the early 1990s to heed that warning. Or perhaps our fanciful western notions about stones and glass houses just don’t translate well into Russian. Whatever the reason, the CEO of the world’s most popular Rent-a-Fedor service cut an interview with a website in the Motherland this week during which he said he knew all along that Brock Lesnar would lose to Cain Velasquez at UFC 121.

“Brock Lesnar’s defeat did not surprise me,” Vadim Finkelstein told Championat.ru, with props to LowKick.com for the translation. “I expected him to lose, so it was (not surprising) … I always knew that Brock Lesnar will not have a long run as a champion. Brock was supposed to lose in his previous fight, but he was lucky when he managed to miraculously bounce back against Shane Carwin.”

Finkelstein further suggested that a fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Lesnar would look much the same as the Velasquez bout and that he doubted Lesnar’s ability to ever reclaim the UFC gold. We assume he made these comments calmly and without a hint of irony, as flames engulfed the room where he sat and the walls of his own castle crumbled around his shoulders.


After all, Finkelstein recently had to have his own cram session in dealing with crushing defeat. His position in MMA took a serious hit after Emelianenko swan dived into the waiting triangle choke of Fabricio Werdum back in June. If anybody knows how Lesnar feels right now, it ought to be Finkelstein.

In fact, a couple of the most interesting questions Championat.ru posed to Finkelstein – essentially: “Were you surprised Lesnar lost?” and “Do you think Lesnar is still relevant” – could have easily (and probably more appropriately) been asked about Emelianenko. Lesnar at least has fought twice during the last six months, while Fedor has responded to his loss to Werdum with yet another lengthy period of inactivity while trucking around the country pimping a video game with Randy Couture.

Give Finkelstein credit for taking a more measured approach to Lesnar’s loss than our own Fearless Leader did when Emelianenko got choked out. Finkelstein hasn’t posted any gloating Twitter messages yet, as far as we know. Still, if you replace the words “Brock Lesnar” with the words “Fedor Emelianenko” in the following quote, you’ll find that it still applies just as aptly:

“I don’t think people will forget about Brock Lesnar so quickly,” Finkelstein said. “At the moment he’s still quite a marketable product. People love to watch him fight, so why should (Dana) White lose his interest to that type of fighter? Lesnar is a capable fighter, he’s big and strong. He’ll still create some intrigue in the division. But still, I don’t think he’ll become a champion ever again.”

Despite the fact that Emelianenko has so far proven unwilling or incapable of fighting the heavyweight champ in his own promotion, Finkelstein contends that Fedor was totally down to fight Lesnar while he had the UFC title. Now? Eh, they’re more interested in a rematch with Werdum. Still, Finkelstein isn’t above teasing one last “Fedor to UFC” rumor on his way out the door.

“We were ready to fight Lesnar, anywhere and anytime, as long as he was a champion,” Finkelstein said. “Right now, he doesn’t really interest us as a fighter. We have a goal — a rematch against Fabricio Werdum. After this, everything is possible. If this fight will interest the viewer and the UFC will make it possible … why not?”

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swoop72- October 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm
for fucks sake.

lol, havent heard that one in a while : )
swoop72- October 29, 2010 at 4:13 pm
yea, ive been saying that since the start. the guy dosent really seem to know how to throw punches. a big wrestler wit no boxing skills.
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- October 29, 2010 at 6:23 am
I am a big time Fedor fan. That said, I am not a fan of his managment. I am not the biggest Brock fan but I appreciate the skillz he and Fedor both have. Brock will be back as a champ at some point. It kills me that all the brock suckers out there 3 months ago all talked about how he was the greatest and that he would be champ for a very long time. Now you assholes turn on him like he's Mike whitehead at a daycare. What a bunch of dbag bandwagon jumping bitches. I think I like Brock more now because that Ego and pride just got put in check. Now maybe he will go to a real Gym and get some quality training. Like I said I love me some Fedor but if Brock had 1/3 the skill Fedor has at his size....please! If Fedor was close to Brocks size and physical ability...lookout!
They are both great champs and I give them props for competeing in a sport that would make most of you trolling bastards shit yourself if you had to compete.
suck it fags.
ccman- October 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm
Note to self... everything being said right now was said when couture won the belt... when brock won the belt... and now that cain has it.

Fedor ain't fighting anyone relevant just like he wasn't when he fought 'got whooped by' werdum. Keep your fedor blow up sex dolls to yourselves, its not 05 anymore.

Fyi... jew nose is actually north eastern europe nose you fucking nazis\ untraveled hicks.... read a book for fucks sake.
djp1988- October 28, 2010 at 8:00 pm
In Mother Russia, you just might be a redneck, very nice!
the glza- October 28, 2010 at 5:44 pm
much as i despise what this crazy russian has done to our once greatest hopes, i can't say i don't agree with anything he said. i've been drinking, though.

anyway -- i had brock winning that fight, but cain delivered in spectacular fashion when i thought he wouldn't. fedor vs. brock would end the exact same way, though -- with the smaller man outpunching lesnar and then either tko or armbar sub...

cain vs. fedor -- i dunno -- sounds like quite a superfight... but cain would win that one too... as much as i hate to admit it -- cain is the true baby fedor.

for me, the best-hw torch has officially passed to cain. although cain vs. overeem would be interesting...
Kimbos Bread- October 28, 2010 at 4:20 pm
Based on the way he looks I just know I'd get great satisfaction out of slapping Fikel
fatbellyfrank- October 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm
So now Lesnar lost the strap they're sayin Fedor would have fought him any time any place? gimme a fucken break
Ballkick- October 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm
^
about 5 pounds
Seoul Brother- October 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm
Just how much sand can Finkelstein fit up his vagina?
topdog- October 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm
He is right Lesnar will never be a champ in the UFC again. His striking is nonexistant and he's afraid to get hit. He fetals up when he does. He reminds me of the bully who is big and tough but doesnt really know how to fight. Fudge Lesnar I hope he drops 2 more fights so he get the boot. But since he draws money he will prbably have a 5 fight chance.
dogpt3- October 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm
Vadim looks like he just got stoned and tried to dye his own hair.

The two heavyweight fights I want to see the most would be Fedor vs Lesnar and Cain vs Overeem. Its a pretty bitch move for Vadim to say after Lesnar lost that Fedor would do the exact same thing as Cain did. Call that shit out before it hapens, thats all I'm saying. Sneaky Russians are going to squeeze every last dollar they can out of Fedor before taking all his assets and dumping him in a ditch.
jimbonics- October 28, 2010 at 1:30 pm
She is suffering the worst case of hemorrhoids I have EVER seen!
El Guapo- October 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm
Ray Finkle? He's a she. I mean, she's a he. It's a shim. Or a herm.

"I have...exxxcorcizzzzzzed...the demon!"
LET IT RAIN- October 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm
Finkle is Einhorn, Einhorn is Finkle. That is all.
El Guapo- October 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Finkelstein a jew? Nooooo. What next, you gonna tell me Velazquez is a Mex.. Nevermind.

Ballkick- October 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm
You'd think with all the $$$$ Vadim Finkelstein has raped off of Fedor he could at least afford a decent haircut, dye job or rhinoplasty for his Jew nose.
But I digress,.....Vadim the only thing relevant you have to say is when Fedor will make his UFC debut,......otherwise,.....STFU.
Fried Taco- October 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Fedor will never lose the WAMMA belt! Mark my words!
Kimbos Bread- October 28, 2010 at 11:58 am
If Lesnar is a paper champ, then why was Vadim once praising a Fedor vs Lesnar match?

Looks to me like Fedor may be more a false prophet now that the smoke is starting to clear.
LET IT RAIN- October 28, 2010 at 11:32 am
Fedor is gay. Let Overeem kick your ass already then go away. I'm sick of this.
jizzninja- October 28, 2010 at 11:24 am
Hahahahaha, "cockchest chintest" say it 10x's fast...now!
Gener- October 28, 2010 at 11:13 am
What El Guapo said...

It's one thing to get caught in a hold you shrugged off a bunch of times Minotauro tried on you... it's quite another to be launched into dazed pirouettes around the cage as you're exposed to be the fighter you really are.

Hey, CP... you should check out every other one of Fedor's fights. Lots of highlights on youtube. He really is quite good...
El Guapo- October 28, 2010 at 11:02 am
I agree, same shit Dana said when "Feedor Melingenko"(love that shock jock interview) got subbed. BUT, Fedor didn't get his ass kicked like Brock did, nor did he have a vagina on his cheek.
RwilsonR- October 28, 2010 at 10:47 am
I actually thought this was some of the sanest dialogue I've heard out of that crazy Russian's mouth. Except for the parts about how now they wouldn't fight Lesnar because he isn't champion, but they would have before.

I still think Fedor would lose to Lesnar, but I am even more intrigued by the fight now that Lesnar seems to get more averse to that whole punching thing with every fight he is in.

Nice GF caption, btw.
One Two- October 28, 2010 at 10:44 am
I agree with everything he said except i think Lesnar could possibly come back and get the title, that division isn't that strong.
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