Originally Posted by noahm
Where did he say he wasn't getting paid enough? Just curious.
4th paragraph down first sentence?
SF needs to drop Fedor asap! He is going to be the death of them. He will bleed them dry financially.
It is obvious the M-1 style of negotiating is mafia style in which to get something you have to give more and you have to give a part of your business to them.
I think UFC offered Fedor much more than what he is worth just to say they have him. Dana is a power hungry man who loves to brag about having the best. He knows the majority of mma fans think Fedor is the best so it wasn't a financial situation where having Fedor makes him that much more money, it was a Pride situation... so to speak. That being said, i'm sure Dana set his reserve very high for negotiations. But, the ONE thing they can't do, is ENDANGER their company for one man.
Why do you think UFC didn't get Fedor? Same reason they are number 1. Smart business. SF was desperate to compete and Fedor's camp knew they were an easy mark. Desperation leads to bad business decisions.
SF signed an unproven p4p fighter living off of a legend. The only real competition he has had was Rogers who almost took him to the woodshed, a rookie.
What needs to happen is Fedor needs to go prove himself in the UFC, 3 good fights, then he can truly justify the money and power that he requires to sign a deal.
It shows me a lot when Fedor only signs with either desperate companies or shady mafia influenced companies ran by looney japanese businessmen who can't decide if they are running an mma or pro wrestling organization.
May sound like I'm dogging Fedor but I'm really not. It's moreso his management who I feel are leeches. Fedor obviously has no problem working with them so that does say a bit about himself, he's a highly intelligent guy so I know nobodys pulling any wool over his eyes. His intelligence is why he does not lose... combined with an uncanny resistance to pain...
I think Fedor would put on some of the greatest fights ever in the UFC against the likes of CV for starters... 2 machines... I haven't given up on this Dream... SO to speak!
My point is that, I don't think anyone Fedor has beaten in the last 3 or so years would stand a chance in the UFC except maybe Rogers. Hell, I'm trying to think of an opponent Fedor ever fought that would stand a chance in the UFC today? I can't think of one! CC? Nog? Obviously not top contenders. Sure, they aren't the same Nog and CC that fought Fedor, but since Fedor doesn't face people like Mir, Dos Santos, CV, etc... How do we know Fedor is the same Fedor that faced Nog and CC?
Age takes a toll on fighters, it seems to happen overnight. One night you get KO'ed and the world says you are done. Everyone said it as soon as Chuck and Matt Hughes lost and they were on the top of the mountain for years. Fedor has been unproven for years and as impressive as the win over Rogers was, the trouble that Rogers gave him still leaves doubts in my mind as to whether Fedor is the same Fedor or not. I will need to see him against a top level fighter to decide. And I sure as F don't mean Josh or AO! Those two would find themselves waking up bloodied in the octagon so fast it wouldn't be funny. If they could pass a drug test that is.