Sorry Randy, but it looks like Fedor’s found someone new.
M-1 has issued an official statement publicly calling out the new UFC Heavyweight Champ, Brock Lesnar, to fight their very own Fedor Emelianenko.
Does that mean Fedor is going to fight in the UFC? No, of course not. Why would you even think that? Just like Randy, M-1 is offering to do a co-promotion between them, the UFC, and Affliction.
M-1’s Official Statement on Brock Lesnar’s victory
M-1 would like to congratulate Brock Lesnar on his UFC heavyweight title victory as well as acknowledge Randy Couture’s return to active competition after a layoff that lasted over a year.
Couture and WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko had publicly acknowledged a desire to fight each other multiple times over the course of the past year. While M-1 and Fedor remain interested in a match against Couture, we would also like to publicly state for the record that we would welcome a superfight between Fedor and Lesnar that would be held as a co-promoted event between the UFC, M-1, and Affliction Entertainment.
We’ve invited the media to speak with us today to not only make it clear we would welcome a Fedor vs. Lesnar matchup but to act in a preemptive fashion to address the possibility that UFC officials will try and position Lesnar as the No. 1 heavyweight in the world, much like they have tried to use a marketing ploy to brand Anderson Silfva as the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
In the past, UFC president Dana White and Zuffa, LLC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta have tried to claim that Fedor was “overrated” and that his “record was irrelevant.” They make these claims in spite of the fact that Fedor holds career victories over UFC champions past and present. While we have tremendous respect for the contributions Mr. Fertitta and Dana have made to this sport, we do not believe they are sincere in their statements.
It is the position of M-1 that the UFC has adopted an anti-Fedor policy because multiple attempts to sign him have not been fruitful. For a company that has tried to market itself as the number one promotion in the world, they are unable to accept the fact that the number one fighter in the world does not reside on its roster of contracted fighters.
We believe that the UFC has determined that it’s much more inexpensive for them to use their marketing resources to use smoke and mirrors to brand a fighter as the pound-for-pound best as opposed to actually paying the pound-for-pound best what he is truly worth on the open market.
While Brock Lesnar is an accomplished athlete and a talented fighter, we do not consider him to be the number one heavyweight in the world. Until someone beats him, we strongly believe that Fedor should continue to be recognized as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. In a match between Fedor and Lesnar, we do not feel that at this stage Lesnar would be able to make it out of the first round.
For those who feel our statements in regards to Fedor are self-serving, we’d like to refer you to a video interview on the website RawVegas.tv in which at his UFC 91 after-party Couture himself acknowledges that “Fedor would probably tear Brock up at this point.”
Jerry Millen, M-1 Vice President
Why did they have to do this? I understand they’re trying to get attention, and calling out the biggest buzz name in MMA right now could be effective, if it was under any other set of circumstances. It’s the same situation as Randy-Fedor was. There’s a million and one reasons why the UFC will never go for it.
I guess you can’t blame them for trying, but everyone knows it’s not going to happen. As for me, I’m just going to pretend like this little story never happened. I’ve already suffered through Randy-Fedor blue balls. I don’t want a Fedor-Lesnar pair too.
[UPDATE 11/19/08 1:38PM ET] – Sherdog.com spoke to Fedor to get his thoughts on the Randy’s loss and his desire to fight Lesnar.
On the fight:
“I think Lesnar fought a very smart fight. It was very interesting to watch. I think one of his strengths was that — I was impressed by his speed in the fight. I think just from watching the fight, each fighter was waiting for the other one to make a mistake and I think Lesnar was very fortunate to have caught Randy and prevail.”
How he would fair against Lesnar:
“It was certainly a good start for him, but his successes and failures will depend on who’s in the ring with him. Whether I get a chance to fight Lesnar in the future or not, that fight will be about me taking advantage of those weaknesses. Any opponent that he has in the future, for them to prevail would be for them to take advantage and capitalize on mistakes that he makes. Like every fighter, he’s certainly prone to them and I see that.”
He apparently liked Randy too much to want to fight him.
“To tell you the truth, I wasn’t entirely excited in fighting Randy. I have a great deal of respect and admiration for him. Getting in the ring with someone that, I myself, adore as a person and a fighter, I’m never as interested in getting in the ring with someone I have an emotional attachment to.”
If given the choice to fight Randy or Brock…
“I would choose Lesnar, mainly for the reason I mentioned before. I’m very sympathetic to Randy. We hung out together. We got to know each other. I have a lot of warm feelings toward him. Based on that, if I had my choice without any outside forces involved, I would choose Lesnar.”