Just days after dominating MMA journeyman Jeff Monson in Moscow, Russia, Fedor Emelianenko’s manager Vadim Finkelstein is already trying to secure a fight against former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
“We are determined to move forward, and would like to offer the UFC a fight between Cain Velasquez and Fedor Emelianenko,” Finkelstein said in an interview with Championat.ru. “M-1 Global would take a full responsibility of organizing the fight sometime during 2012 in Moscow, Russia. I can guarantee Dana White great revenue from this fight, and a record-breaking attendance. M-1 Global is ready for dialogue, and would be happy to consider an option of organizing such tournament with combined efforts. I will make an offer to ‘my best friend’ [UFC president Dana White] pretty soon, so we’ll see what he has to say.”
Fedor looked a lot more like his former self against Monson, connecting at will with clean shots, and forcing Monson to stand and trade.
Some have been quick to dismiss Fedor as a legitimate heavyweight, given his losses to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson, but I really don’t think his skills have declined that much. Carelessness cost Fedor the fight against Werdum, and he looked good against Henderson until Dan pulled off switch.
Silva was the only one that beat Fedor decisively, and it’s a little unfair to write the MMA legend off after only one poor performance.
Fedor enjoyed a long reign at the top of MMA’s heavyweight division, securing wins over some of the best fighters in Pride, and he’s still a legitimate heavyweight in my book. It would be nice to see him face some of the top fighters in the division.
Getting back to reality, the UFC isn’t really into co-promoting fights (though it has been done in the past), and the chances of them working something out with M-1 Global are slim to none. Fedor will have to sign with the UFC if he really wants to face the best fighters in the division, and it’s really hard to see Dana White and Fedor’s demanding handlers coming to terms.