Alistair Overeem told Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com that Fedor Emelianenko ducked him twice. “I tried to put together the fight in May when I was fighting Brett Rogers. That was basically their idea. Their answer was, ‘we’re not going to fight you on May 15, you can fight somebody else and we’re going to fight somebody else…
They don’t want to fight me, obviously. I don’t know what’s going through their minds. I don’t know, can’t give an answer about that but I tried to put together that fight, we tried hard. Challenging in public, management negotiations, but they really did not want to fight me. First time when I fought Brett Rogers they did not want to and the second time they also did not want to and that forced me to fight in the K-1 which I also like to do and which resulted in the K-1 title. So, yeah.”
Ask me if I’m surprised. Go on, I’ll wait. No, I’m not. M-1 Global is garbage and they continuously mishandle Fedor’s career. This is a sad revelation, but no one should be shocked. Do I think Fedor is scared to fight Overeem? No, probably not. But his manager’s are scared to make it happen. And yes, I’m aware that I placed Overeem inside a UFC Octagon in the above picture. It’s only a matter of time.
At the press conference for UFC 134 in Brazil, Dana White proclaimed the UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva, the greatest fighter of all-time. “He hasn’t lost a fight in five years. He’s never lost in the UFC. The last time he lost was to Yushin Okami in October 2006. He’s got the most title defenses ever, with eight. He’s got the longest [UFC] win streak ever, at 13-0. And in my opinion, he’s the greatest mixed martial artist ever. Ever, period.” Amen, Dana. There isn’t even a question in my mind who is the greatest ever, and it’s Anderson Silva. Everyone should be watching every fight he’s in, because when he’s done, we’ll never see anyone else quite like him.
Alistair Overeem told MMAJunkie.com that the Grand Prix winner should fight the UFC champion. “After this tournament, there will be another goal. I don’t know what that goal is, but if you think about it, and I’m not occupied with it, but the winner of the tournament should fight the UFC champion. That sounds like a logical next step.” Well, that all depends. If Overeem wins it, then yeah, let’s do this. But if he doesn’t (and that has all sorts of problems with it) then no.
Fabrico Werdum told Josh Gross at ESPN.com the he likes to be the underdog in his fights. “I don’t like to be the favorite. I like to be the underdog. I like to bring surprises in the fight…I had a surprise for everyone last year (against Fedor Emelianenko). I will have a surprise this time, too.” Yeah, I think Werdum thinks Werdum is better than Werdum really is. That was a “Hail Mary” submission, and even if he somehow improved 200% in his striking, he won’t be anywhere near Overeem.
The LA Times is reporting that UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta revealed that the Heavyweight Championship fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos is being targeted for November 19 in San Jose, CA. I don’t care where it’s at, but I can’t wait to see it. I’m sure it’ll sell quickly, being that Velasquez is fighting and in a Latino-heavy market.