Fedor: The Curse of Success

Mark HoppsCorrespondent IJanuary 27, 2009

Fedor Emelianenko is, on paper at least, the best heavyweight in MMA. Unfortunately this does not mean he is the most recognised which does highlight a few problems with the sport, but that's another article.

After his recent fight with Andrei Arlovski I made some observations. The words lucky punch where written by fans on the Internet with alarming frequency and with the same ferocity Fedor fans argued that there was nothing lucky about it.

This seems to happen to Fedor after every fight, he polarises people. I still have yet to work out why this happens when a fighter is so dominant. Usually you can put your finger on it, just look at the world of boxing and Floyd Mayweather. Yes he is dominant, but he is also a less than like-able person in the eyes of boxing fans.

Fedor, however, could not be more gracious in victory. He is stoic and dignified as his Monika of "The Last Emperor" suggests yet people hate him for his success and will him to lose every fight he is in.

Arlovski was KO'd in the very first round yet Fedor haters make the point he was winning up until that point. They seem to forget he landed an overhand right that is worthy of any highlight reel.

He will always be a victim of his success. If and when he eventually loses, the Fedor hating section of MMA fans will say "I told you so" and forget about the dominance of the man previously. In the same way, The Fedor Fans will say whoever beats him was lucky and forget about the times they argued the same point from the other side of the fence when Fedor hit a so called "lucky punch".

I personally am glad we have people in the sport that can cause such discussion among fans, only Fedor has managed to do this so far. To be so dominant yet still have a large cross section of fans believe he is all hype.

It's a rather embarrassing trait of human nature to want to see someone at the top of the pile take a huge fall, but it's human nature none the less. I'm just excited to be here to witness what happens.