Suzuks he is defiantly not the favorite in a tourny that has Akiyama and Kang however he would defiantly be a contender and an intersting guy to watch. I think Jacare could win the tourny but he isn't the favorite.
He did say "a" favourite, not "the" favourite, so i'm thinking that he meant what you said - he's a contender.
Fedor fights I want to see..
Fedor vs. Josh Barnett
Fedor vs. Randy Couture
Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia -
Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski -
hmmmmm, i wonder how many become reality..