"The Last Emperor" Wins in a Disappointing Way

Ian RobinettSenior Analyst IJanuary 25, 2009

Last night, I watched a fight I hoped to be great in some way, shape, or form.

I didn't get any of it.

Now, before I get too far, I want to preface this by saying I don't know if the outcome would have been different. I am just stating my disappointment in the fight, and the sad ending it had.

The way the fight began, I honestly thought Andrei Arlovski was going to shock the world. Fedor did not look good or comfortable at all, and Andrei looked ready to win.

Arlovski was pressuring Fedor, and winning the first round by a considerable margin.

To counter Arlovski, Fedor tried to mount some offense by pinning the Belorussian to the ropes and taking the fight to the ground. Arlovski made sure that didn't happen.

After "Big John" McCarthy moved the fight back to the middle of the ring, Andrei went back on the offense.

Then came the disappointment.

With Fedor continuing to back off and Andrei pressuring, Fedor lands a lucky punch to win the fight.

Why was this disappointing?

Well let me express why...

To begin with, "The Last Emperor" was not impressive to say the least. He was running from Arlovski, and all-in-all not being this "dominating" presence that I have seen in the past.

So he gets to land a punch, that was lucky, and win the fight and be praised? I don't think so.

To me, this fight didn't end like it should have. It was not something to remember, or something Fedor should even think of being proud of. Nor do I think anyone should praise him for it.

He won, yeah. But he didn't win by his dominance. He won by luck. He was losing decisively, and got lucky.

So what do I think? This fight needs to happen again. Yeah, I know lucky punches happen, and it's part of the sport, but at the same time when a fight like this, hyped about the "dominance" of Fedor, ends like this...That makes the fight a disappointment.

Again, I'm not saying Arlovski would have won, but he didn't deserve to lose on a fluke like that.