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Sneak Peak: Final ‘Fedor vs. Werdum’ Prefight Hype

(VidProps: ShoSports/YouTube)

The above video gives you a look at the final product of that promo shoot we showed you a couple days back and the results seem, well, just as generic as we feared. As it turns out, the road to the probable destruction of Jan Finney and Fabricio Werdum will be paved in fireballs and misting sleet and Fedor Emelianenko will try to get as much mileage as possible out of that pair of nondescript black athletic shorts. Meanwhile the bass baritone voice of former Crash Test Dummies lead singer and current Strikeforce play-by-play man Gus Johnson – the voice certain CP editors hear in their dreams before they wake up screaming “My name’s Al Harris and I get buckets!” – will prattle on about legends and destiny and history or some such similar bullshit.

It appears that Strikeforce is going the extra mile to make Finney look both attractive and credible, though at least one of those concepts seems like a major stretch. Likewise, the only people giving Werdum much of a shot are Fedor himself, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and one of my co-workers at The Rumble. An extremely scientific internet poll of fans conducted by The Junkie shows just 13 percent of y’all think the 6-foot-4 jiu jitsu ace can pull the upset. Frankly, I’d hate to see the numbers on Finney.

After the jump,  some final thoughts from Fedor about why fighting him seems to be career suicide for his opponents and a few snapshots of the official weigh-in featuring the ubiquitous Rockstar Girls, just to get your Saturday started right …

In a brief piece out this morning, MMA Fighting’s Michael David Smith took a look at what we might colloquially call the “Fedor Curse,” wherein fighting “The Last Emperor” has been pretty much the end of relevant action for guys like Tim Sylvia, Matt Lindland and Andrei Arlovski.  Turns out, not even Fedor knows what’s up with that:

"In my experience most of the fighters I have fought have trained very well for me, training mentally and physically," Fedor said during a recent conference call. "As far as what happens to fighters who have fought with me in the past, I don’t think there’s any mystery, magic or mystique to it. Every person is different in how they handle defeat and how they continue their fighting careers."

We tried to find something interesting from Werdum to end with, but couldn’t find anything besides his claim to Fight! Magazine from yesterday that he’s got a “special technique” waiting for Fedor. Hopefully it’s not the “fall-down-and-pretend-to-be-dead” technique because that’s been tried and, frankly, it doesn’t work.

OK, enough reading. Bring on the rings girls … all photo props to Strikeforce …

(You’re starting to get pumped for the show now, aren’t you?)

(Insert your own joke here.)

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Dick_Misanthropenis- June 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm
New Caption:

"David Heath? That's you? Wow, I guess you can get a lot done in a weekend in the Philippines."
fatbellyfrank- June 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm
@ justscrappin, hell yeah my friend, and I'd lay odds she'd be happy to take us both on at once,
Now was it you who had all those kinky sex games? cause I'm just gonna prepare a couple of Alaskan pipelines for the occasion
Dont forget your video camera bro
dogpt3- June 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Conspiracy Theory of the day:

Dana White cut Fabricio on purpose knowing he would get snatched by Strikeforce immediately. If he beats Fedor, the only real names SF can leverage off of are Overeem and Cyborg, but lets face it, theres way more appeal to watching cyborg fight in the WEC than there is to watching her fight other women. If Fabricio loses, not a big deal he's supposed to anyways, but if he wins, the UFC has a real claim to crushing Fedors image. Its not like Fabricio deserved to get cut from the UFC compared to some of the other HW's. Brandon Vera and Gonzaga (Both beaten by Fabricio) are both hanging around with similar or worse records as of late. But the plot thickens... Fedor loses, immediately realizing he has become soft over the last few years and that taking the safe route with M-1 goes against his true ways he will smash the faces of all M-1 execs and retreat back to Russia. No Ice cream, no sweaters, just nature and a sledge hammer accompanied by a sick montage. With his Russian rage released he will then demand to fight for the UFC and prove that the wraith of Fedor is real. Upon hearing Fedor is back and just crushed Lesnar, Overeem gives Coker a flying knee and then bounces to the UFC where Fedor no longer has to adhere to the will of M-1 and can fight him. Coker gets craddled back to consciousness by Cyborg and they fall in love. Evangalista breathes a sigh of relief as Cristiane had said that if he ever broke her heart she would eat his while he watched.

I'm just saying, maybe the first part is a little far fetched but could anyone actually want to wake up next to Cristiane Cyborg's mug in the morning?

Ballkick- June 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Babalu caption....So when you ask....would I like to see the "Twins" you are not talking about Matt Hughs and his brother ,....right?
fatbellyfrank- June 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Sabado Gigante Says:
Sun, 06/27/2010 - 01:44
I think Finney's odds of impregnating Cyborg are much greater than actually beating her...

I think Cyborg's gonna impregnate her, while beating her
DangadaDang- June 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm
I just finished watching the Devil's Advocate, and besides taking away that Babalu could most accuratley portray the Devil himself, I found that Fedor himself MUST be God. If you replace God's name with Fedor in Pacino's final speech it all becomes clear:

Let me give you a little inside information about Fedor. Fedor likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives fighter's hope. He gives them this extraordinary gift, and then what does Fedor do, I swear for His own amusement, his own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Swing but don't touch. Touch, but don't takedown. Takedown, don't submit. Ahaha. And while these poor saps are jumpin' from one foot to the next, what is Fedor doing? He's laughin' His sick, fuckin' ass off! He's knocking 'em out cold! He's a COMMUNIST! He's a MMA landlord! Worship that? FOREVER!
bierergoggles- June 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Seriously... Why the hell cant the UFC get better looking ring girls? It is the biggest organization, making the most money... and they have two... kinda...

I say the UFC take over Strikeforce like it did Pride, only instead of taking the fighters and then folding the promotion, take the ring girls... oh... and i guess a few fighters would be good too.
bierergoggles- June 26, 2010 at 12:23 pm
RE: Babalu Picture:

Babalu - Madam, when I gaze upon you I finally understand what Christopher Morley meant when he wrote - "In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty." Your beauty is truly exquisite and seeing you now, before me, reminds me of how wonderful it is to be alive. Shakespeare once wrote:
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed.
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

No better words could have been penned to describe you. I would be honored if you would accompany me out on the town this evening.

Oh, and I should add... I am into some kinky shit... you like getting choked or what?
bierergoggles- June 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

Titos Head Says:
Sat, 06/26/2010 - 08:13

Damn strikeforce and their pound for pound best ring girls!! All we gots in the UFC is Some plastic toyed Mexican chica and Danny Glover
WORD! Man this had me rolling! HA HA Fantastic! Now thats my kind of humor right there.
busted_cranium- June 26, 2010 at 11:40 am
That Danny Glover comment is the best thing to happen to the internet since Britney's snatch.
MediumRare- June 26, 2010 at 11:13 am
lolled plenty @ Tito's Head

Danny Glover!

You deserve a t-shirt
mikesite- June 26, 2010 at 10:30 am
lemme see them titties.........both of you.
Slapahoetribe- June 26, 2010 at 10:07 am
Babalu: so do you chicks want to get weird or what?
steampunk22- June 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

Movie career.

Well, at least one appearance in a legitimately financed production with real life successful actors and directors and such.

I think it was her only fight on her new SF contract after EliteXC went under, I havent heard Coker say anything to the contrary he seems pretty passive about the whole thing to be honest. But Coker always surprises me with how passive he is about retaining his fighters and trying to sign them, etc (at least in public) the guy doesnt exactly have the more assertive personality.

One of those Ring Girls is kind of hot.

Chiggs- June 26, 2010 at 9:08 am
@Sabado Gigante,

Hehe if they televise that portion of the fight, it might actually draw some crazy ratings!!!!
Sabado Gigante- June 26, 2010 at 8:44 am
I think Finney's odds of impregnating Cyborg are much greater than actually beating her...
cecils_pupils- June 26, 2010 at 8:22 am
And, for the record, I had the milf joke in mind before reading justscrappin's comment so i'm not biting... I still gotta go for gold, though. ;)
cecils_pupils- June 26, 2010 at 8:20 am
Babalu is craving milf and cookies...
jimbonics- June 26, 2010 at 8:19 am
So it has occurred to me that Gina Carano, you know, the FACE OF WOMAN'S MMA, hasn't come out of hiding since the Cyborg beatdown.
Titos Head- June 26, 2010 at 8:13 am
Damn strikeforce and their pound for pound best ring girls!! All we gots in the UFC is Some plastic toyed Mexican chica and Danny Glover
Left_Boob_Telligman- June 26, 2010 at 8:06 am
"Listen ma'am, I admit that you and I may have done the deed in that karaoke booth after my win against Zaza Tkeshelashvili and Lee Hasdell in RINGS, but you have no proof that she's my daughter. She doesn't even look like me! If she was really mine, how come she doesn't have any tattoos? I've got like, tons of tattoos. Checkmate! You should try Noguiera, he was in that booth too.

You still want me to sign this?

'To my dearest fans, I hope that you find your real dad. Renato Sobral'. There ya go kid. That's the first time anyone's ever had me autograph a paternity test. DOH!"
justscrappin- June 26, 2010 at 7:48 am
For the record....I would totally bang that bleach blond mexican milf's busty ass.
justscrappin- June 26, 2010 at 7:47 am
For the Babalu caption....( in fez's voice from that 70's show) You know I held that choke too long on Dave Heath because he called me a motherfucker.....It looks like I'm going to owe him an apology.
Action_Jaksonz- June 26, 2010 at 7:38 am