The Last Of The Last Emperor?

 

By Kris Mentor

In the middle of January, MMA fighting posted an article based upon a Fedor speech where he stated ‘He never believed he was the best fighter in the world.’ I fully respect Fedor for saying this. I also respect him for what he has done for the sport for the hardcore fans who know him from the Pride days.

There were numerous comments by fans on this article, kissing his ass saying “he is still the best P4P in the world” “He just got caught by Werdum” “he will show us all when he wins the heavyweight tournament” etc.

These were all opinions of “fans” and I’m all down for that. However, I’m not down for fans who then disrespect other people’s opinions. Just because about three out of the 50 people who posted on that article didn’t hang off Fedor’s nuts, doesn’t mean they weren’t true MMA fans. If anything it just shows their intelligent.

He is no longer in the top ten pound for pound in the world. He is definitely not in the top 5 heavyweights in the world. He’s not in my top 10 heavyweights in the world.

I fully appreciate the legend that is and always will be the last emperor. But he didn’t evolve with the sport. By that I mean, he definitely should have moved to light heavyweight. The average mixed martial artist is a lot more athletic than they were 5 years ago. Fedor can no longer compete with the heavyweights. If he didn’t have such weak management,  who were giving him the easy fights and giving him the fighters on the tail end of the career for the last 5 years then he could’ve lost and then learnt from his mistakes at a better age.

If anyone has access to it, please watch the fight of Fedor vs Tim Sylvia. He destroyed Tim Sylvia, ‘you can only beat what’s put in front of you’ and he did that perfectly. However, the commentators help build him up for the never ending fall that he is now enduring. Saying this definitely solidifies him as the best fighter ever. . .Really?

 He beat Tim Sylvia who was cut from the UFC for losing too much, the same Tim Sylvia who got knocked out quicker by a guy who had never even fought MMA and knocked out by a guy who didn’t make it past the first round of the Ultimate Fighter.

You can say what you like about Dana White but he speaks the way he does because he truly believes he has the best fighters in his organization. So when he says Fedor hasn’t fought anyone relevant since 2006, it’s hard not to believe him. Fedor fought a bunch of UFC drop outs and Japanese fighters. Japan did a lot for the sports growth, but they currently have no place among the elite. This is shown by the amount of the Japanese fighters coming over to the US and seriously struggling (Kid Yamamoto, Omigawa, Gomi, Aoki etc).

I’m not just jumping on the (Fedor is sh*t) train because he has just lost 2 straight. I firmly believed this before he got caught by Werdum (even though I still believe he will beat Werdum if they fight again). I even made a nice little profit thanks to my man big foot.

I think he should retire. He doesn’t know the level he is at the moment. I’m not sure I want know how far down the ladder the emperor has fallen.

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Strikeforce: Henderson Vs Babalu II

On Saturday night we have the re-match between Dan Henderson and Renato Babalu Sobral at Strikeforce: St Louis. These two legends will step into the cage for a potential shot and Rafael Cavalcantes Light-Heavyweight title.

Here are MMA UK’s predictions for the main card.

Benji Radach Vs Ovince St. Preux

There’s been a lot of talk regarding St. Preux and how this could be his time to shine. He faces a veteren in Radach whose fought some quality fighters such as Sean Sherk, Gerald Harris and Chris Leben. I have my doubts about St. Preux though and I’m not sure if he has it in him to beat Radach whose fought some better opponents than him. I don’t think it’s going to be terribly exciting either.

Radach via Unanimous Decision

Antonio Silva Vs Mike Kyle

This is certainly going to be a tough fight for Kyle as he’s coming in as a late replacement for Valentijin Overeem. He has hadn’t much time to prepare and he’s fighting at a wait that he has fought in, in quite a while. Antonio Silva is in the hunt for the Strikeforce Heavyweight title and although this might not have been as good of a scalp as beating the champions brother, but a good performance here will definitely put him in contention. I think a lack of preparation for Kyle is going to be the key in this fight and Silva will take the win.

Antonio Silva via Submission/2nd round

Paul Daley Vs Scott Smith

This was is going to be a slugfest. Both of them love to knock their opponents out in ferocious fashion and have a throw caution to the wind attitude to fights. I definitely can’t see this fight lasting long and I wouldn’t be incredibly surprised if it ended in the first round. Smith has one of my favourite knockout of all time with his fantastic comeback KO against Pete Sell, however I feel that Daley has fought and beat a better calibre opponent than Smith and will probably be knocked out.

Daley Via TKO, 2nd round

Robbie Lawler Vs Matt Lindland

In my eyes, both of these fighters are fighting for relevancy. Lindland hasn’t been at his best for a number of years now and barely fights, whereas Lawler looked lethargic at best in his last fight against Babalu.  It’s going to be hard fight for both fighters, but I think that Lawler’s time has certainly past, and whilst Lindland isn’t exactly in the best form of his life, his ability to take opponents down will be a fantastic asset during this fight and will help get the win. Unless Lawler gets that KO punch that he depends on so much…

Lindland via Unanimous Decision

Renato Babalu Sobral Vs Dan Henderson

I think this is the perfect weight class for Dan Henderson as he’s increasing in age and cutting weight is going to become even more difficult. Sobral looked pretty good in his last fight, whilst Henderson looked fantastic in the first round of his fight with Jake Shields, until Shield’s ability to take him down and mount him continuously stopped Henderson from mounting any kind of offence. At least if Henderson doesn’t have to drop so much weight for this fight, his gas tank and power will last longer. I’m going to give this fight to Henderson, but it’s difficult to say how he’s going to win. He could win via KO or out-wrestle Sobral. Personally, I think he’s going to KO him.

Henderson Via KO, 2nd round

MMA UK’s Resident MMA Analyst Kris Mentor Picks his Top Ten Heavyweights

This week on inside MMA, the legendary Bas ‘El Guapo’ Rutten put out his top ten heavyweights in order with Alistair Overeem leading the list. Admittedly it was a partially bias call as they are both Dutch. However let’s have a look at the rest of the list.

1. Alistair Overeem-Strikeforce
2. Cain Velasquez- UFC
3. Fabricio Werdum-Strikeforce
4. Fedor Emilianenko – Strikforce 
5. Junior Dos Santos – UFC
6. Brock  Lesnar – UFC
7. Shane Carwin – UFC

8. Frank Mir- UFC
9. Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuria – UFC
10. Antonio Silva – Strikeforce

I’m a huge fan of El Guapo but I am not a huge fan of this list. So I thought I’d put out my opinion of the heavyweight division.

1. Alistair Overeem
2. Cain Velasquez
3. Brock Lesnar
4. Junior Dos Santos
5. Shane Carwin
6. Roy Nelson
7. Frank Mir
8. Fedor Emilianenko
9. Antonio Silva
10. Fabricio Werdum

This list is purely based on what I believe in terms of skill sets, styles and potential. Little is noted based on track record.

I think Alistair Overeemis the best heavyweight. However,  I don’t think he can beat Brock Lesnar, just because I don’t think he has the wrestling ability to get up from the bottom. However, I think Overeem would take apart Valasquez. Overeem is a MUCH better striker than Valasquez, he’s bigger than Valasquez and he has good cardio for a man of his size.

Fedor is 8th due to his last 3 fights. He got owned by Arlovski until the KO, was getting owned by Rogers until the KO and got completely owned in a triangle by Febricio Werdum. Fedor hasn’t produced a pound for pound worthy performance let alone fought a pound for pound worthy fighter in years.

Fabricio Werdum, although coming of a victory against the supposed pound for pound best fighter (physically makes me sick that people think that) he hasn’t got the wrestling ability to take down opponents to bring them into his realm on the ground. A bit like Frank Mir but Mir’s stand up owns Wedrum’s in comparison. Also, if he did have a rematch with Fedor I will put hefty cash behind the Russian. With Silva’s domination of Arlovski I believe that he can beat Werdum in a rematch, he destroyed him in the 1st round when they last fought but then strayed away from the game plan. Please remember his last UFC fight before people start hyping up this guy.

Brendan Schaub is a worthy mention. Depending on his next fight will decide whether I place him in that list or not.