I think Dana put the Fedor situation nicely. M-1 had the chance of a lifetime to make millions in UFC and they gambled and lost. Head shot, in my opinion.
In the nicest way possible, this is more neo colonial bs. M1 portrayed as the poor cousins. BS. They basically own russia and eastern europe and run shows all over europe and asia. what is this chance of a lifetime? they had fedor in usa and made millions. they bothered dana so much, he wound up buying strikeforce. Meanwhile each of fedors losses where indecisinve and or controversial. critically so in my opinion, before you even take in the stakes involved.
So Dana should praise them since they are competition?
he should be a little less dumb. he is making himself look stupid. he basically slanders a foreign entity and the greatest fighter to ever fight. this is real dumb.
What does this have to do with Fedor being worth drastically less than he was before he lost three times? All Dana is saying that Fedor was at the perfect spot in his career to cash in huge. Fedor was undefeated and still had a mystique about him. M-1 played hardball and Fedor lost his next fight. Thems the breaks; they gambled and lost.
again, fedor is worth drastically less to whom? the millions who watched him beat monson didnt seem to mind too much. reportedly 7.4 million. thats around 2 million more than danas two biggest viewing figures. there was an opportunity for a perfect marriage of conveniance there. but who really lost? i will give you that feodr lost some of his mistique, but i doubt this is really all about fedor. and frankly, lets looks at all the parties involved.
fedor performed courageously in 3 controversial losses. none of them where in any way decisive. the worst one, against silva was 1-1 ion rounds and a doc stoppage. it was basically the first round that fedor had even lost in how long. meanwhile m1 continue to use fedor and to build on their own powerbase and markets. they continue to get millions of viewers. hell they had millions of viewers even in america. what has dana done in russia. or germany.
lets look at the ufc parties. they lost a big payday. their heavyweight stable is consolidated and still the two big names, lesnar and overeem are out. and lesnar, the beast borrowed to dana. he really lost. there was nothing indecisive about his losses. he got his arse kicked twice in emphatic fashion. 3 times if you include what carwin did to him.
This demonstrated how thin the HW division is but i'm not sure how this related to anything Dana said. Dana was saying Fedor and M-1 blew there chance at a big payday. Now they want more than they are worth. They are "done". Dana never said Fedor wasn't a good fighter, just that he blew his chance at the biggest fight ever.
maybe lesnar lost. maybe dana lost russia and the eastern european market. maybe dana lost the chance to put some of those 140 million russians on his ppv list and his future fighter list.
m1 and fedor continue to count their money and break markets that dana cant touch. and we lost as fans.
im not insulting you. you make some good points. but i dont buy your filtration of danas lies or your implied colonial viewpoint of two big markets - europe and russia.
frankly you could just as well be the guy saying this will never catch on in ufc1. or the guy saying pride will never die. or the guy laughing at tuf. the list goes on. dana white depends on world talent or else all he has is a good marketing machine and amatuer local wrestlers. no one wants to watch that. there is a reason ufc is 81% populated with us/brazil/canada/uk. dana knows his corner of the planet, but as mma goes global he represents nothing more or less than the american market. ufc brazil didnt just prove their was a market there. it demonstrated that there are companies that probably dont even exist in brazil yet that could one day buy the ufc. the world is a big place, and however you look at it, dana created an iron curtain and lost a big step in its market place.