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‘Oh Snap!’ Alert: Dana on Fedor and Tim

From Yahoo! Sports via Bloody Elbow:

“[Fedor Emelianenko is] not the best pound-for-pound fighter, not even close, but he’s one of the four or five best heavyweights…But we all have to thank him for getting rid of Tim Sylvia. He’d been stinking out the joint the last couple of years and Fedor did everyone a favor by beating him so easily and getting rid of him.”

Daaaaaaamn! You may remember that Dana had previously called Fedor a farce who wasn’t a top five heavyweight, but admitted that his opinion was changed after Affliction: Banned because “Tim Sylvia was a real opponent.” Despite Sylvia’s stinkiness, beating him made Fedor a top-fiver in Dana’s eyes. The optimist in me wonders if Dana is making this mild public praise because hosting a Randy vs. Fedor fight in the UFC is still a possibility, and he doesn’t want the last thing fans hear him say about Emelianenko to be “this dude’s a joke.” If the fight did come together, I wonder what White would say about him then?

Luckily, we already know that Dana’s words mean little to Fedor — particularly because he doesn’t consider himself to be the best pound-for-pound fighter either:

“I don’t consider myself on top of the pedestal,” said Emelianenko…”I have certain weaknesses and I make certain mistakes. Of course, that is frustrating, because like any athlete, I strive to get better each day. I know a lot of the media and the fans want to say I’m the best. I appreciate that, but that’s not how I consider myself.”

“Certain mistakes”? Could you imagine Fedor without those flaws he thinks he has? The dude is living death as it is. I heard that Tra Telligman’s chest looks like that because Fedor accidentally bumped into him once at a party. And how’s this for humility: Fedor doesn’t even put much stock in being a mixed martial artist to begin with:

“This is my job, and to be honest with you, if I didn’t have to work this job, I probably wouldn’t,” he said, chuckling. “It’s how I make my living. It’s even tough to accept this is what I do for [a] living.”

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whats next for fedor- August 14, 2008 at 11:29 am
what is out there left in the heavy weight division of mma for fedor to do. The fight with randy doesn't prove much for fedor. He has smoked everyone that's good in the ufc, affliction has arlovski and barnett, but who is really left to challenge fedor. I think fedor should fight Randy at 8:00 eastern time on oct 11, then barnett at 8:15 and then arlovski at 8:30. then give him a half hour break and fight lesnar at 9:00. Does anyone disagree that he couldn't do it.
kensei- August 14, 2008 at 4:53 am
another mouth on the loose...Dana has bigger mouth than brain. He loves to bash everyone and don't know what he's saying.
kensei- August 14, 2008 at 4:48 am
Dana has bigger mouth than his brain, his job to bash anyone and not to think what he is saying.
jx- August 14, 2008 at 12:47 am
I love this site, and the writing is usually sharp, but the cheap remark about Tra's chest for a laugh that probably never materailized felt beneath you.
rh- August 14, 2008 at 12:34 am
Gracies blah blah blah...of course I don't know anything about p4p, and I look forward to being educated by an internet troll. Let me know when you can fit me into your busy schedule, OK?

Leprechaun- August 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm
If Dana could put together Fedor vs. Randy he would in a heartbeat due to the money it would bring in. The funny part is that he and his lap-dog Joe Rogan would be praising it as the best fight card ever, while if Affliction or some other organization puts it together, he'll downplay it as a 43 year old against someone who hasn't faced a real opponent in years.

Dana speaks his mind, which is good, however, he's far from impartial regarding the match-ups that MMA fans are looking for.
thisguy186- August 13, 2008 at 10:20 pm
Can CP make a top 10 list of other shit fedor would be good at other than beating the f*ck outa people?
god's other white meat- August 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm
who are the other 4-5 heavyweights that dana thinks can hang with fedor? wait, don't answer that, i just ate. what a fucking tool. go film yourself benching, dana. maybe you'll drop the bar on your neck.
P4P- August 13, 2008 at 8:51 pm
If you guys dont know what P4P means let me explain. P4P is the new handheld device that is being beta tested by Sony. Fedor won the P4P tourney held in my buddie Matts Moms house last month - So there you fuckin noobs!!!
indestruktible- August 13, 2008 at 8:37 pm
everyone knows dana is shitting out of his ass. He did the same to Vanderlei Silva when he was in pride, saying he wasn't good, etc. Then when he signs him, he's like Ohhh, we now have the axe murderer. Did you see how he use to beat guys up? blah blah blah Dana....
Geriatric Peon- August 13, 2008 at 8:22 pm
I agree that p4p is a retarded discussion unless it is used to jab at friends while drinking. What I can't believe is how serious so many people take the so called "p4p title" when it is completely hypothetical.

I would also say that most people don't know what p4p actually means, or is suppose to mean.
michael- August 13, 2008 at 8:20 pm
how can some people bash fedor.maybe he hasnt fought the bests in the world.but hes beat everyone they put in front of him,not only beat them,but crushed them. he didnt get caught,like gsp did with matt serra,fluke or not he lost.and fedor hasnt except the 1 loss what was like 8 years someone else that hasnt lost in 8 years.hes not ducking and dodging the way the p4p doesnt mean anything until they have a gp.and we all know that will never happen
Fedor Emelianenko MMA instructionals- August 13, 2008 at 8:04 pm
Hahaha, Tra Telligman's joke got me laughing really hard :)))

As for Dana - this little whiney bitch will never admit that a figher who isn't signed by UFC is the best pound for pound fighter on the planet, even if he manhandles godzilla. So who cares?
Steve- August 13, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Now this is funny ... of course it took all of two minutes for a douchebag like rh to immediately discount the quote because it came from an Iole article. If it came from anyone but Iole, rh would be praising it. Never mind Iole was the only one among so-called mma "journalists" to actually bothering asking Fedor his opinion on pound-for-pound rankings.
blown32v- August 13, 2008 at 7:47 pm
Dana White has a business to run, we all know he doesn't honestly believe the lies he tells. He's bitter because he is a man that gets what he wants and he wanted Fedor and he couldn't get him because he's stubborn with his contracting, which is his job and how he makes his money. So in short, the bottom line is to make money and promote the fighters who actually make you money, Randy and Fedor fight I very highly doubt will ever happen in the UFC if at all anyway, Randy's going to be getting black balloons pretty soon.. this needs to happen. Fedor is in a class of his own, if you don't think that you're either in the dark or denial.
Joe- August 13, 2008 at 7:43 pm
"Gracies suck ass," you're a dolt.

I can accept the fact that there is debate as to who is the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world right now; it is pretty clear that Silva and Emelianenko both dominate their respective divisions. There is even room to argue for Faber, Penn and St. Pierre.

However, it's absurd for you to insist that Fedor is categorically eliminated from the #1 pound-for-pound spot. He is as athletic and well rounded as any fighter you're going to find, and he has the work ethic to boot. You sound as ridiculous as Dana White.
izzy- August 13, 2008 at 7:42 pm
Dana white needs shut the fuck up and go eat some more grilled chicken and asparagus.
gracies suck ass- August 13, 2008 at 7:35 pm
rh - you have no clue what p4p is if you think fedor is #1 p4p, that being said, p4p is fucking retarded anyway.
rh- August 13, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Dana talks for a living, Fedor fights. Who are you going to listen to, particularly when Dana reverses his statements and contradicts himself more than most journeyman politicians.

Oh, and the Fedor quote from the Iole article? There is simply no MMA journalist alive I believe less than Iole. He's bought and paid for in Dana's pocket...where he can conveniently hug the UFC's nuts.

Anyone who doesn't think Fedor is tops p4p [including Fedor himself, if that's not taken out of context] has no idea what p4p actually means.

Horror Fighter- August 13, 2008 at 7:19 pm
It always frightened me that Fedor could get dropped on his head, stand up, and kill someone, with his blank expression never changing. Now I know he's thinking, "Sorry for pulping your face and breaking your arm, but it's my job."

I wonder what he'd rather be doing...