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.)