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Old 09-01-2007, 05:13 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Give the man some respect. He can kick anybodies ass.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:16 PM   #22 (permalink)
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The question has been asked, "why not just let him fight Sambo?"

According to the report "thats just not a door that Dana wants to open." If Dana does it for this fighter then he has to fight twice as hard in future negotiations with other fighters to prevent it form happening again.
PRIDE was an absolute mess when the UFC bought it. Part of the reason things were so messy is because this type of thing was allowed. It complicates and in some cases nullifies contracts. My view is that Dana wants to keep contracts more organized and clean, he wants to maintain control over his product; like him or hate him, its smart business.

It sucks if we don't get Fedor but I will get over it. The UFC is bigger than any single fighter and in the big sceme of things this will probably work out better for the UFC down the road when contract disputes do not happen.
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:22 PM   #23 (permalink)
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In russia the president is involved with all the big names they have and they all respect him and his power. The president is involved in a lot of the football (soccer) and major sports stars, as well as being friends with some of them and the billionaire's who use their money to support their sport.

yeh dana is trying to offer more money thinking that it will compensate for fedor not doing sambo tournaments, but he doesn't realise that he has a huge following in russia and I think fedor would rather make the ufc unhappy than his own president lol
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Old 09-01-2007, 05:55 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Nope, Fedor fought the best people could throw at him and never lost. Noone else can say that. He doesn't need to fight Couture, Barnett or anyone else to prove he is the best, because they have not been able to do what he has done.
isn't Fedor like 25- 1?
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:16 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Bull.

Like I said before, Fedor has everything to prove. He HAS to come to the UFC to prove that he's STILL the best. It's the Law of the Nature.

If you want to be the Alpha Male, you have to prove it by CONSTANTLY beating out the contenders who are vying for that position. You can't fight weak beta males (cans from weaker organizations) and still expect to be seen as the current Alpha.

Fighting beta males doesn't make you an alpha. Fighting contenders DOES. And fighting the best contenders in the PAST doesn't make you an alpha TODAY.

Is Fedor the best MMA fighter of all time? YES, but if he wants to be seen as number 1 today, he has to fight the best TODAY (that means no cans!).
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:18 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I have said this before and I will say it again. For MMA as a sport to move to the next level, you have to stop thinking of terms of organizations, much like pro wrestling; and let these fighters fight anywhere, do what they want. If they have your title fine, they fine guys with deals you put together but at the same time they can fight other champs too. Furthermore, I don't understand the Sambo thing, if its about injuries then I think Mr. White needs to sit down and watch a tape, they wear a lot of pads and the refs are probably better than some american refs at stoppages and point awarding. Also, what is the difference between ADCC and Sambo? There isn't one, so get over it Dana. I wonder if the offer doesn't say: Screw you we are going to K-1 but we want to work out a 1 fight a year deal with you supposed champ.-that would be sweet.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:22 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Bull.

Like I said before, Fedor has everything to prove. He HAS to come to the UFC to prove that he's STILL the best. It's the Law of the Nature.

If you want to be the Alpha Male, you have to prove it by CONSTANTLY beating out the contenders who are vying for that position. You can't fight weak beta males (cans from weaker organizations) and still expect to be seen as the current Alpha.

Fighting beta males doesn't make you an alpha. Fighting contenders DOES. And fighting the best contenders in the PAST doesn't make you an alpha TODAY.

Is Fedor the best MMA fighter of all time? YES, but if he wants to be seen as number 1 today, he has to fight the best TODAY (that means no cans!).
He will not always be considered the best 'today'. Noone will, people get older and quit(unless they are randy).
He is the greatest ever. And until someone matches him, he always will be. He has done more than anyone else.
And that alpha beta crap is annoying.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:24 PM   #28 (permalink)
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He is the greatest ever for sure. But until he retires he has to put his belt on the line against the best, not cans. No one gets a free pass. Not even the king.
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Old 09-01-2007, 06:45 PM   #29 (permalink)
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The question has been asked, "why not just let him fight Sambo?"

According to the report "thats just not a door that Dana wants to open." If Dana does it for this fighter then he has to fight twice as hard in future negotiations with other fighters to prevent it form happening again.
PRIDE was an absolute mess when the UFC bought it. Part of the reason things were so messy is because this type of thing was allowed. It complicates and in some cases nullifies contracts. My view is that Dana wants to keep contracts more organized and clean, he wants to maintain control over his product; like him or hate him, its smart business.

It sucks if we don't get Fedor but I will get over it. The UFC is bigger than any single fighter and in the big sceme of things this will probably work out better for the UFC down the road when contract disputes do not happen.
Good post.

I love how everyone jumps on the UFC/Dana White's back about the whole Sambo thing. I'm sure most of these posts are made by people who have never owned a business. As an investor, would you want your "super star" potentially injuring himself in an amature contest? Fighters get injured in training, so ANY combat sport outside of said profession is a gamble. What Fedor has to decide is:
1).Does he want to maintain his status as #1 HW?
2).Does national pride pay his bills long-term?
3).Can he find suitible challenges outside the UFC?

I love Fedor as much as the next guy, but you have be realistic. The UFC IS a business...it has to be run as such. If you think that the owners are going to cater to the whim of every internet fan and just throw the dice at a huge loss...you my friends are crazy. If Fedor does go to another orginization, I will still be a fan. MMA is bigger than Fedor, the UFC, or a few opinions
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Old 09-01-2007, 07:03 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Fedor is holding all the chips...

...Fedor is the man...we all know it. The MMA world is dying to see him fight again. The Russian Experiment has a ton of bargaining power and every MMA organization is at his mercy. If he goes to the UFC...it would blow the MMA world's doors in!!! If he wants the most money & fame, he'll follow his fellow Pride comrades and sign with the UFC. At this point, the only challenge I see for Fedor in the UFC would be Randy Couture. No other HW comes close. Fedor is as Bas Rutten puts it "The complete package". A HW unification bout between those two would be simply incredible. Whatever happens...FEAR FEDOR!!
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