Originally Posted by b0sH
A lot of those guys wanted to fight Fedor. They want to have the chance to be "the man" who beat Fedor and catapult themselves to immediate stardom. Of course they're going to feel aggrieved that's he's gone to Strikeforce to fight people they feel are less deserving of that oppurtunity it's only natural to feel that way.
In reality though Fedor hasn't fought somebody in most people's top5 HW's since 2005 now. That's a very long time to go without reminding people that your still the baddest mofo at HW by beating a top notch guy.
More so than Dana White, the UFC, and even the die-hard fans, I think a serious HW contender like Carwin (and even Brock Lesnar) carry the most frustration due to Fedor ducking the UFC. Guys like them are all about the challenge, spend most of their daily routine training, and when they never get the opportunity to challenge the #1 ranked HW (presumably Fedor at this time), it must feel like a major itch you just can't scratch.
Granted, not EVERY HW in the UFC has that kind of "beyond-the-norm" dedication but I think Carwin is definitely a cut above most (though one could easily argue he should defeat Lesnar first before talking about Fedor).
Intentional or not (though I'm betting unintentional), by not signing with the UFC, Fedor is essentially holding hostage the "#1-ranked-HW-in-the-world" status (and even the "pound-for-pound-best"). Not to take anything away from his previous accomplishments nor the fact that Fedor seems to be an all-around nice guy.
All that being said, I am glad that Fedor is fighting Brett Rogers who seems to be a stand-up beast. But it would really suck if Fedor takes him to the ground, exposes huge holes in Rogers' ground game (if any) and it all turns out that Rogers was just another Houston Alexander.