While I might not be a big fan of Ariel Helwani, these ‘take a stroll’ interviews have all been excellent. I liked the episode with Rampage, I liked the one with Mayhem, and this one is no different. Definitely worth a watch/listen if you have the time.
Well, it’s official… And it might not be so bad… I mean, did you really want to see Fedor decked out in Reebok gear? I sure didn’t…
So I’m watching Bellator with the boys last night, right? Great show by the way, better than most UFC events these days. They had Francis Carmont, Josh Thompson, King Mo Lawal, Emanuel Newton, Paul Daley, Phil Davis and Tito Ortiz. They had a four-man, one-night tournament. They had co-promoted Glory kickboxing bouts. If you missed it, let’s just say, Scott Coker knows how to put on a show.
If that isn’t enough, before the main event, former Pride FC president Nobuyuki Sakakibara steps into the cage and announces his return to MMA promotion, in Japan, this new year’s eve. So, Coker, Sakakibara, Japan, new year’s… red flag are going off in my head… Next thing you know, out walks Fedor, and the cycle is complete.
There is no opponent announced yet, but the event will be held in Tokyo (likely the Tokyo Dome) on new year’s eve, live on Spike TV.
One of the greatest, and most humble, champions to ever fight in MMA has announced his return to professional competition. He released the following statement on the Russian MMA Union website (of which he is president) below.
It is very important for every athlete to do his favourite things: give it all in training, compete, and defend your fatherland’s honour. During my time working for the [Russian MMA] Union, I have been able to work on the development of martial arts, working closely with presidents of other sports associations. We recognized problems from within and tried to solve them within the scope of our possibilities. But now, I have the feeling that it’s time to return to the ring.
I had time to recover and heal my old wounds. For the last three years, I was able to maintain my physical form, but it is not good enough to fight competitively, yet. So I started an intense training camp, recently. We have established a versatile team of coaches and fighters who will help me in the training process. I’ll do my best to fit into the growth of professional fighters. Now, there is work to do, in order to return to the ring. Negotiations with several promotions are already in progress. Once we have an agreement, there will be further information on the date of the fight and the opponent.
It will be great to see Fedor don the gloves once again, but the real question is… where will he fight? If he fights some nobody in M1, that might be still be fun to watch – but what if he makes a deal with the UFC or Bellator? The MMA ladscape has changed since “uncle Dana” flew down to that mystery island to negotiate with Fedor and Vadim. There’s money to be made, and if McGregor can pull in millions like this, Fedor might break the ppv scale.