I am on both sides of the fence here.
While I agree with F>A and others about Fedor being the best HW in the world, him beating Jr. and all that jazz, I also agree with Damone that is about time he starts fighting. I mean honestly, in the last 2 years, he has only fought one solid HW, Mark Hunt. And even that was on a night were he could have fought Josh Barnett, the runner up of the Pride OWGP. What was Pride's excuse? Mirko won the GP so he should get the title shot. That is all fine and dandy, but why of all people, did Hunt get the fight then?
I am not starting a conspiracy theory or anything here, but face the facts people; Pride's management protected Fedor quite a bit. I am not taking away from Fedor or anything, just bashing the Pride management. Pride management would milk Fedor for the most marketable fights, rather then the most competitive. I mean, one of these incidents that really pisses me off, is the fact that Sergei didn't get a title shot. In late 05, Sergei was 13-1, with his only loss to Nog. He was coming off big wins over Werdum, Rizzo, Schilt and Ninja. Who does Fedor fight on NYE? Zulu. See what I am saying? There are many other situations too. Even Mark Hunt, considered to be Fedor's only challanging HW opponent in the last 2 years, should not have gotten the fight. Josh Barnett should have. But obviously, Pride management didn't want to jeopradize CC/Fedor II, and they wanted to wait for Barnett to fight Fedor in America at a later date. God knows it would have been a sin if Fedor actually fought Barnett and didn't look tooo impressive or, perhaps, lost. (Once again, I am not saying Barnett would beat Fay-Fay).
Pride management tried to "pro-wrestle" Fedor too much. Fight freak shows instead of the #1 Contendars. Hopefully M-1 doesn't do the same, and we finally see him fight top competition again. That would put rest to any debates like these.
Once again, I am not questioning Fedor's talent what so ever. Let's get that straight before I get flamed. Fedor is still the #1 HW, and the #1/2 P4P fighter on the planet IMO. But I think it has been too long since he has had a fight against a real challange.
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