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View Poll Results: Who do you want JDS to face at UFC 146?
Dan Henderson 16 15.09%
Cain Velasquez 8 7.55%
Frank Mir 23 21.70%
Mark Hunt 16 15.09%
Tim Sylvia 0 0%
Brock Lesnar 4 3.77%
Fedor Emelianenko 36 33.96%
Other (Feel free specify in a post) 3 2.83%
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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Dear Dana White: Give the Fans JDS vs. Fedor

Decided to give my input on this. Lets see we've had Mailhairdressor's feverish pitch about Hunt, Hendo, Mir, and even Tim Sylvia...lolz to the last one. There can be arguments and counter arguments about who deserves it the most. But what about thinking outside the box.

Believe there's only one that can match the intensity and hype of Overeem vs JDS and that is "The Last Emperor." Read on...

There has never been a better time for UFC President Dana White to bite the bullet and sign Fedor Emelianenko.

Thanks to Alistair Overeem failing his pre-fight drug test for UFC 146, the promotion is scrambling to find a suitable replacement to step in against heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos on May 26.

Dan Henderson and Mark Hunt appear to be the potential frontrunners for the title shot if Overeem is denied license from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

Isn't the sport about giving fans the fights they want to see?

Fans have been pleading for the UFC to sign Emelianenko for years. Unfortunately, M-1 Global has held up the process in the past with useless hopes of co-promoting with the UFC.

In a recent post on Twitter, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta was asked if he would negotiate with Emelianenko and his management if they sought a contract without co-promotion.

"I would," Fertitta tweeted.

Before getting cut from Strikeforce, Emelianenko was coming off three straight losses to Dan Henderson, Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. He has since picked up a pair of wins over Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii.

Do wins over Monson and Ishii warrant a UFC title shot?

The answer to that question is a resounding no, but the UFC heavyweight division finds itself in an unusual situation. Every top-10 heavyweight is either already tied up with another fight or not ready to headline a major UFC pay-per-view.

Henderson is an interesting prospect, but considering the significant size advantage he'd be giving up to Dos Santos, it's a bout that really doesn't make any sense.

Hunt is probably the most deserving heavyweight. After enduring six straight losses, the former K-1 star has turned his career around with three consecutive wins in the Octagon over Cheick Kongo, Ben Rothwell and Chris Tuchscherer.

A UFC title shot for Hunt at this point in his career could live out one of the grandest Cinderella stories in MMA history.

With that said, the average fan still doesn't even know who Mark Hunt is.

He has only been featured on two main cards in nearly two years of fighting under the UFC banner. Fans have begun to rally around Hunt as Overeem's potential replacement, but generally speaking, that group mainly consists of hardcore MMA fans.

The blockbuster fight is Dos Santos and Emelianenko. Regardless of Emelianenko's recent track record, fans still want to see him fight in the UFC.

UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was coming off a loss to Chuck Liddell when he stepped in against Tim Sylvia for the heavyweight title back in March 2007.

What say you? Would you rather drop 50 bucks on Dos Santos vs. Hunt or Dos Santos vs. Fedor?

In this sport you never know what's gonna happen!

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I'd love to see it. Anyone who wouldn't is insane. Then again, almost any HW match up these days sounds exciting.
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Fedor goes 2-3 in his last five with the wins being against Jeff Monson and Satoshi Ishii and now you want him to fight for the UFC Heavyweight Title?

Was the fact this guy got absolutely pulverized by Bigfoot Silva not enough proof for you to realize he's done in this game? His aura is gone, and just like guys like Tito and BJ the game has ultimately passed him by. Junior would handle him fairly easily.

Hardcore fans like us? Yeah, it'd be cool to see Fedor finally in the UFC but do I want to see a guy who got knocked out by a Light Heavyweight fight the Heavyweight division's best knockout artist? Absolutely not.

All that said, I'd still rather see Fedor get a title shot over Hunt, so if those are my options, pick Fedor but I still can't fathom how anyone but Frank Mir replaces Overeem.

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It would be an awesome fight people would watch. No way to deny that.
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Fedor is a good matchup for Cigano. Dos Santos would stand with Fedor and Fedor is fast enough still to land one of those lunching bombs on any HW.
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There is only one thing to be said in this topic:

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I voted Hendo.

Would love to see Dos Santos beat the shite out of him.
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I went with Hunt, just because I'd like to see it.
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post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-11-2012, 07:24 PM
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They said they were willing to sign him, not give him an instant title shot. Any reasonable person knows that he doesent deserve one and likely wouldnt get one in his first or second fight because of the history. The best thing to happen would be Fedor gets brought in and faces Cain while Mir gets the title shot. Any more than that is laughable.

Of course thats if they dont make Fedor face Struve or Kongo first.
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I went with Hendo. It was a toss up between him and Hunt, but if Dan were to pull off an upset here it'd be much more significant than Hunt doing so.
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