Originally Posted by markdahl
IFL sucks, and if Fedor went there I would probably end up watching it all the time... Please don't make me watch sucky IFL Fedor... please
I disagree, I actually quite thoroughly enjoy watching IFL and do quite like the team concept. Also you get Bas Rutten commentary which simply can't be beat. I know the fighters aren't nearly on the level with UFC, but give it time, think back to the beginning days of UFC and Pride. not exactly stallar fighters there either(on the overall).
Anyway I think the UFC should let him do Sambo. Fedor is an icon in Sambo and without letting him compete in that i don't see a deal going through.
On one hand Fedor could become more and more irrelevant in the world of MMA if he doesn't sign with the UFC. On the other hand who's to say that UFC will be the biggest and "best" organization a few years from now. It is conceivable that another organization could grow to rival and even surpass the UFC. Most likely it would be HEROs. They have the backing of K1, which is a colossal uber-organization with financial backing that even the UFC doesn't have. They already boast some big names and the addition of Fedor would add big time credibility. There is a big world outside of the USA and the popularity of MMA is still
higher in Japam. While Fedor may never become a star in the USA without the UFC, he can continue to be a star outside of the USA without the UFC just fine.