Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament
- 02-04-2011, 10:11 AM
- 02-12-2011, 05:52 PM
anyone check out the weigh ins...this should be a good fight card tonight..Arloski didnt look as ripped as he normally does..guess he is trying to keep up weight for more power..they were all very heavy
- 02-12-2011, 06:52 PM
I want to see Overeem fight Fedor...I honestly feel like Overeem would destroy him, unless he got caught on the ground somehow.
02-12-2011, 07:03 PM
02-12-2011, 11:52 PM
02-12-2011, 11:52 PM
02-13-2011, 12:03 AM
02-13-2011, 12:04 AM
02-13-2011, 12:11 AM
he's fought bs and hand picked opponents to protect his aura ever since he left PRIDE. he is a good fighter no question, but he isn't as "great" as people claim
02-13-2011, 12:41 AM
Whether you care to take note of it or not, both Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski were not only consensus top five heavyweights when Fyodor faced them, but more directly to your point, were the best available options given promotional constraints. Similarly, and again whether you choose to accord it, Brett Rogers was a consensus top ten opponent at the time of their bout.
Now, based on your tone of thought here, my inclination is that your response is to revise history based on the various permutations each fighter's history has taken since then. Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20.
I choose instead to judge fighter based on the quality of their opponents as their opponents were considered at the time - I task that becomes exceedingly difficult when you believe things like, "Fyodor left PRIDE." (Fyodor was under contract to PRIDE FC when it collapsed.)
Judging the trajectory of Fyodor's career under that rubric, it becomes apparent that his quantum of opponents, even recently, is no more or less shameful than many of the other top HWs. Are Cain Velasquez's last five opponents, at the time he faced them, equal to or greater in comparative relevance to Silva, Werdum, Rogers, Arlovski and Sylvia? Well, to put a complex issue simply, no.
Simply put, Fyodor is a phenomenal fighter whose legacy speaks for itself to anybody not listening with a bias-tinged ear. He has clearly followed the well-trodden path of a quick descent from grace that has beset fighters throughout the entire history of combat sports - a fact, however, that ought not broad stroke the storied ascension which came before it.
02-13-2011, 12:47 AM
02-13-2011, 05:33 AM
All great fighters fall at a certain point. That is what we witnessed tonight. He was the greatest HW of all time, but now he no longer is. End of
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02-13-2011, 10:46 AM
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02-13-2011, 11:40 AM
Werdum was a fluke, a mistake by Fedor which Werdum capitalized on greatly, but Fedor was winning that fight and for a moment I thought Werdum was done.
Big Foot is a MASSIVE opponent, which is a development of the sport, and it really took Fedor, who is no longer a young gun and manhandled him then.
It happens, it's a shame to see a legend lose, but what can one say, everyone's got their time and this is Fedor's time.
02-13-2011, 12:45 PM
At the time of the Arlovski/Fyodor bout, Arlovksi had just destroyed Roy Nelson - something Dos Santos failed to do in three rounds - and brutalized Ben Rothwell, a mutual achievement between himself and Velasquez.
Now, based on your comments here regarding the UFC, one would naturally assume that you feel Dos Santos and Velasquez are elite HWs; and, no doubt, you therefore consider their victories over Nelson and Rothwell to be principal to that status. If that is true, which I think it is, than we should hold 2008-Arlovski in a similarly high regard. Well, Fyodor destroyed that Arlovski.
The issue is that fighters are not elite simply by virtue of being in the UFC, but rather, the UFC happens to be possessive of the overwhelming majority of elite fighters. On close inspection based on talent, the UFC's and SF's HW divisions are more or less on par with one another - making the project of diminishing Fyodor's entire career based on his SF opposition a very unattractive prospect.
02-13-2011, 02:45 PM
People seem to completely underestimate the impact of being a 285lb going against a 230...
Same deal as Brock on the UFC. Having 285lb on top of you is just ridiculous.
02-13-2011, 02:59 PM
02-13-2011, 03:13 PM
Now, Carwin, Mir, Schuab, Nelson, and Nog are still great fighters, but are either limited or past their respective primes.
When you stack up against the top-8 of SF and the UFC, I give the advantage of depth and achievements to the SF roster. I easily think that 5 of SF's fighters could hold the UFC championship this moment (Barnett, Overeem, Kharitonov, Bigfoot, Fedor), but can't see anyone holding the UFC title outside of the aforementioned top-3.
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02-13-2011, 03:34 PM
Well it doesn't matter, but I disagree wholeheartedly...Overeem is on another planet athletically as compared to kharitonov and bigfoot, just as I feel that Lesnar, Dos Santos, Carwin and Velasquez are. ...Guys like Kharitonov and Bigfoot can beat you if you do something stupid, which is why combat sports are so great... but 7-8 times out of 10 they have no business being in the ring with the elite guys we are talking about. And Fedor proved last night that the game has just changed too much on him.....guys that know how to use their size to their advantage (and also have good chins) will beat him most of the time if they are also submission savvy.
02-13-2011, 04:30 PM
You are not explicitly stating as much, but that is more or less my point: you are compelled to compare their competition by drawing into such sharp relief the (false) notion that, "the UFC's HWs are better." Naturally, then, the question arises of how we determine who is, on the one hand, good, and on the other, bad. Well, given combat sports is a head-to-head venture, I would presume we differentiate participants based on: a) their opponents and b) how they performed against said opponents.and no, I am not trying to make the comparison to who they've beaten, bc as you point out, there is no transitive property in sports...I am merely with my eyes judging the kind of athletes they are.
In this sense, Fyodor historically performed more admirably against similar opponents than did some of the UFC's HWs.
What is, "the meat" of the HW division? I think you fail to recognize that both promotions suffer form a terminal lack of talent, and the fall from the top to the mid-pack in both organizations is precipitous.I think Overeem and a prime Josh Barnett are the only two who could compete at the highest level in the UFC...that is juts my OPINION based on what I see. And I realize that there are only a 3-4 UFC heavyweights that could compete at that same level...but the meat of the UFC's heavyweight division is far superior to Bret Rogers and Antonio Silva.
If by "the meat" you mean the mid-pack, than you are more or less completely wrong. I would pick Antonio Silva over both Nelson and Big Nog, and would be torn in a fight between himself and Mir. Beyond that, you have, on a consensus basis, Carwin, Dos Santos, Velasquez and Lesnar as the UFC's ranked HW crop. At that point, though, we are comparing different stratas of each division. Which speaks to my point.
You are overestimating the talent of the UFCs HWs in order to shortchange Fyodor, but it ends up working against you.
02-13-2011, 04:43 PM
Personally I think SF is slightly deeper at HW than the UFC. However, I believe the top 2 of the UFC beat all in SF except for Reem. I do not think Werdum, Big Foot or Barnet (who is not viable at this point till he actually fights) are legit challengers. I think there is a greater depth of talent in SF, but the upper echelon of the UFC is better IMO.
Regarding Fedor, no doubt GOAT, but age and the game itself passed him by. It has happened to all others in the past, and will to all the greats of the future.
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02-13-2011, 07:49 PM
02-13-2011, 07:59 PM
1. You said that fedor was dominating Arlovski...that was not the case, crystal clear. He did win and that shows his grit, but your statement was simply that he dominated that fight..false
2.Agree on this point, bc they will probably never fight head to head and we will never really know
3. I was responding to someone else on this one who believed that Silva could hold the UFC belt, which I disagreed with and made my opinion...I agree that he would probably at this point be above Nelson and Big Nog, I was comparing him more directly to the four UFC guys and Overeem and Barnett....he would more often than not get destroyed by those guys..I think you misunderstood there.
Too bad they can't just settle it in the ring
02-13-2011, 08:40 PM
02-13-2011, 09:27 PM
Again, taking it for granted that Arlovski was 'winning' that fight - he was not - that three minutes is peripheral to the point that Fyodor blitzed Arlovski at a time when his chin was not suspect. Unless your vocabulary is more superlative than mine, I cannot think of a better term than "destroyed" for a fighter who was knocked out, mid-air, permanently altering the trajectory of his career.
Ah, well I certainly concede, but it is a bit beside the point, no? That is more or less similar to claiming that the UFC's HW division is talent-poor because Roy Nelson would lose to Overeem.3. I was responding to someone else on this one who believed that Silva could hold the UFC belt, which I disagreed with and made my opinion...I agree that he would probably at this point be above Nelson and Big Nog, I was comparing him more directly to the four UFC guys and Overeem and Barnett....he would more often than not get destroyed by those guys..I think you misunderstood there.
02-14-2011, 09:37 AM
i was there and that fight broke my heart, at least i got a chance to see Fedor in person
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02-14-2011, 10:03 AM
the heavy weights seem to keep getting bigger..to me it just doesnt seem fair for a 230lb man to fight a 285lb man..look what happened to Cotour fighting a massive Brock..i think there should be a super heavy weight division..you would never see a 145lb fighter having to fight in the 185 division for that simple reason..some of these fights are equivalent to most of us fighting our wives in the ring..heavy weight should be 206-245..246+ for super heavy weight
02-14-2011, 10:58 AM
Granted, there would be a limited pool at SHW, which is why they don't do this, but I agree it "should" happen.
P.S.: Dana White, what a class act fellow... He has been ripping on Fedor since he lost on his twitter account. Such a sportsman and what a great entertainer. Just bash on a person who just lost a contest.
02-14-2011, 11:17 AM
02-14-2011, 12:17 PM
Fedor's loss signified one very important thing to me and that is that the Golden Age of MMA is officially gone. Now, we have too many people concerned about their celebrity, trying not to lose instead of trying to win, and the great fighters of yesteryear are no longer great. You look at all of the great champions from 5 years ago: Chuck, Wand, Fedor, Couture, Nog, Fedor, Hughes, etc., almost all are just kinda hanging around the sport (Hendo and Penn being the exceptions).
Once PRIDE was bought out, I knew that the landscape had changed and I was worried that it was not for the best. Lately, I have noticed that I don't get as excited for the sport as I once did and have actually missed some of the events and just watch them later. For over 5 years, I watched every event and couldn't wait until the next one. I could name most of the card and what event number it was, but, now, I just don't have the same fire for it. With Dana White at the helm, MMA has became a chariacature of itself and it's only getting worse. Add in the fact that MMA "fans" are not only ignorant, but are amongst the most annoying factions of humans on this planet and you have a big problem.
Don't get me wrong, I still love to train and watch the events, but the luster has faded a bit. Even the great champions right now (Anderson and GSP) have only made the problem worse and I only get excited to watch a handful of people. There is always new talent emerging and I hope that this is a just a phase, but, right now, the quality of the product is stale.
M.Ed. Ex Phys
02-14-2011, 12:28 PM
i agree. i got to witness some awful fans on saturday. they kept yelling "come on fight you pus$ies!!" and yelling at the ref to stand it up when one guy had the other guys back. at one point i heard a guy say "takedowns?? booo!!"
also, not that many people seemed to be bothered by the stoppage. i was going nuts after the decision was made, ran down to the lower level to see whats going on forgetting my girl in the process. everyone just filtered out of the arena like they were at the bar.
i dont know what to make of that loss. the whole fight and its outcome have somewhat decreased my interest in any future mma events.
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02-14-2011, 01:33 PM
Fedor is also a smaller HW and its his prerogative to choose not to cut down to 205, cause lord knows he could afford to shed some adipose. However, he chooses not to cut and play with the big boys. It's a decision, not a force of will that he's not at 205, as his frame would dictate a more preferable weight class of fighters.
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02-14-2011, 01:40 PM
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02-14-2011, 02:39 PM
ahhh ok i take back what i said. it looked like the doctor stopped it and ive been too pissed off about it to read any articles. what a shame, i guess his age has caught up and the game has passed him by..
it was such a touching scene at the fight. im originally from Russia and it felt awesome to see so many russian people, flags, tshirts. we dont have a whole lot to be proud of these days, the country has gone to $hit. Fedor is a hero for millions of people that live here and back home. all these years he signified the toughness and the perseverance of the Russian people so it really sucked to see him get beat like that.
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02-14-2011, 02:48 PM
Cain beat Lesnar even 30lbs under, indeed, but those 30lbs masked a much bigger discrepancy that would most likely have portraied itself if it was not for the extra weight.
I just find that the heavyweight division should be split up, it is hard to move someone who is 20% heavier than you from above you, that's all I'm saying.
02-14-2011, 03:33 PM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Although the MMA legend hinted at retirement following a second-round TKO loss to Antonio Silva, Fedor Emelianenko's fighting career may not be over.
Both Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker and Emelianenko's agent, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein, want the 34-year-old to continue.
And Coker could dangle an intriguing opportunity should Emelianenko wish to continue fighting: first dibs on any alternate spots that open in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix.
Emelianenko (31-3 MMA, 1-2 SF) and Silva (16-2 MMA, 3-1 SF) headlined Saturday's Showtime-televised "Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva" event at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. After a close first round, Silva unloaded a brutal ground-and-pound assault in the second. With the Russian's right eye swollen shut, the cageside physician halted the bout after before the start of the third round, which resulted in Emelianenko's second consecutive defeat since a legendary decade-long win streak.
The bout was part of the opening round of Strikeforce's eight-man, season-long heavyweight tournament. And though three tourney-reserve bouts populated Saturday's main card, any available alternate spots instead could go to Emelianenko.
"There's absolutely a possibility he could be a replacement," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) after the show. "That's the beauty of the tournament. You don't know what could happen in the next leg of the tournament. As this tournament unwinds over the year, there could be an injury, and you could see Fedor back in the tournament."
Decisions about injury replacements ultimately will be made by a Strikeforce committee, as Coker previously announced. And though Shane Del Rosario, Chad Griggs and Valentijn Overeem all won reserve bouts at Saturday's show, Emelianenko could cut to the front of the line.
Emelianenko undoubtedly would be the biggest draw of the four. But Coker said there would be other reasons for the selection. Namely, that Silva vs. Emelianenko was cut short by an injury.
"It was a tough fight out there," Coker said. "Like Alistair (Overeem) said, Fedor always comes back in the third round. But he didn't get a chance today. (With) the stoppage today, I don't think Fedor could see. He may have even had an orbital fracture, but safety comes first. He'll have another day."
Regardless, Coker said he and Emelianenko, who recently signed a new multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, have plenty of bouts ahead. Neither he nor Finkelchtein appeared to take Emelianenko's retirement talk seriously.
"You know how that goes," Coker said. "Guys get very emotional after fights. We'll see."
Finkelchtein, who said the doctor's stoppage was "the right decision," thinks Emelianenko may have just been emotional when he mentioned the possibility of retiring.
"I think Fedor was just upset," he said. "That decision, of course, belongs to Fedor. But I think I know him well, and I think he's full so full of strength. I think he will continue."
Emelianenko, arguably the greatest heavyweight in MMA history and one of the sport's most accomplished fighters, suffered a June loss to Fabricio Werdum, which snapped a staggering 27-fight win streak. The former PRIDE champion now has suffered consecutive defeats.
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