Former WAMMA and Pride FC heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has kept the world holding their collective breath since announcing his big MMA comeback. We’ve speculated ourselves in to a frenzy over where and when ‘The Last Emperor’ will make his return, but there’s bit little more than rumours and social media teases from Dana WHite and Fedor to go on. One person seemingly not too fussed about the fate of Emelianenko is Chael Sonnen.
The vocal three-time UFC title challenger was banging his gums with Submission Radio this week, as quoted by Bloody Elbow, and he says that although he is a nice guy, Fedor won’t be making a big splash upon his return:
“Fedor is terrible, and Fedor is a very nice guy. I had the pleasure to meet him twice. The first time, I was in line with him at a Starbucks in a hotel in Los Angeles, and he just blended in. He was just a chubby bald guy, with a nerdy sweater, waiting for his latte like everybody else. And I thought, what a nice guy.
“The reality on Fedor is, if you’re not fighting in a commissioned fight, you’re not fighting in a real fight. It has to be a sanctioned commission fight. This comes right back what we were talking about with Holly and her quadrillion boxing championships. If there’s no sanctioning and there’s no credibility and architecture, it doesn’t count. So everything he did in Japan with a referee wearing an earpiece gets thrown out.”
“You’ve got to come to the States where there’s an official weigh-in, where there’s a regulatory body, and where there’s clearer defined rules, with clearer defined judging. He did that. He did that six times and he went 3-3. That’s not exactly an impressive record for a guy that we all keep having to hear is ‘the best of all time’. Now God bless him, I love a guy that can come back, but I can tell you first hand, you don’t get better not doing something.“
Contrary to the common opinion that Fedor is the GOAT, Sonnen believes his latest fights displayed little more than a burnt out shell of his former self, as he continues:
“Fedor got destroyed by guys who are now getting destroyed. Fedor got destroyed by Bigfoot Silva, who by my last count has fought – I believe Frank Mir knocked him out in 18 seconds, I suppose I’d have to re-watch that – but the point is that it’s ridiculous. I think it will sell once. I know that I’ll tune in, I know that the UFC is going to greatly overpay for him, and good for Fedor, man. I think he did everything right, and he is a nice guy. You know, this isn’t my goal to come out and bash a guy, but look, if a guy’s terrible a guy’s terrible. He’s 3-3 in the States, that means he’s 3-3.”
Truly we’ll never know how Emelianenko’s legacy will be defined until he joins the UFC, unfortunately anything less than a Zuffa contract will give credence to the questions asked following his first stint as a well-loved athlete.
Is Sonnen’s analysis of Fedor accurate, or do you think he still deserves the title of ‘Greatest of all time’?
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