This is Like Deja Vu All Over Again

Ken FossAnalyst IJuly 14, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  Heavyweight mixed martial arts champion Fedor 'The Last Emperor' Emelianenko of Russia attends the 'Day of Reckoning' press conference at Trump Tower January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

The Roman Philosopher Seneca once wrote "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."

By those standards, Brock Lesnar got really lucky... by everybody else's standards it was a good ole fashioned beat-down.

What was shocking was the perfectly, reserved, tactical approach he took in the victory, looking to stay out of Mir's superior guard, and fight out of half guard, smothering Mir before bludgeoning the consciousness from his limp body.

The both of you who read my preview article noted that I broke a deadlock in this match with the advantage one man had at formulating a game-plan... Not exactly my best prediction so far, you can't win them all.

Now that the dust has settled and the freeloaders have moved on to greener pastures they've taken with them a conversation that many hardcore fans said mostly in jest. It probably went a little something like this.

Timmy Tapout: Wow thats nasty! Look at Mir's face it looks like that fat kids over at Bleacher Report.

Joe Six-Pack: Who?

Timmy Tapout: Oh nevermind, look at that douche-bag flip them off, Fedor is so going to whip his ass.

Joe Sixpack: Who?

Timmy Tapout: You know former Pride Heavyweight champion, beat Nog twice, Cro Cop when he was still Cro Cop, has the pelts of four former UFC champions on his wall.

Joe Six pack: Right! Feydoor of course.

Now with Fedor two weeks from fighting his last fight on his contract on the Affliction Trilogy card against Josh "The Baby Faced Assassin" Barnett (about to be his fifth former UFC champ to hang on his wall), everybodies back on the Fedor hype train.

I can't help, but feel a little deja vu, remember Fedor to UFC part 1, that was in 2007 when ZUFFA bought out Pride.

Perhaps you recall Fedor to the UFC Part 2, see a theme working here?

About March every year the hype train departs from Hope Station, and every year it ends up in Disappointment Town.

That's not to say there isn't at least a little part of me that hopes that's the third times the charm. After all this is Fedor, the guy who looks like Mitch Pileggi, and is still the baddest man on the planet.

However there are just too many obsticles, to this deal ever getting done, to allow myself to fall for this again.

For starters, Fedor's price tag. Although I don't think he's going to ask for $2 million a fight, he'll surely ask for $900,000 to $1.2 million. That's just crazy jack by UFC standards where the biggest payday so far has been Chuck Liddell's $500,000 he got in his defeat to Shogun.

Brock Lesnar was paid $400,000, and he didn't even get a win bonus. Now I know the UFC pays most of there fighters in locker-room bonuses to keep bargaining position when they look to sign new fighters.

Also sponsership money will push Brock's estimated earnings to the $3 million range, but if Fedor wants $1 million a fight on the books, plus pay per view revenue, and win bonuses, then that will likely be a huge stumbling block.

That's not even the half of it: they make an offer, you sign away your life to the UFC. This means likeness rights, sponsorship deals, and be exclusive to the UFC, meaning that you may not compete in anything non-sanctioned as a UFC event.

Fedor has enjoyed his following in Russia, he's a celebrity right up there with Sexyama in Japan. That would definitely have to end, as the World Combat Sambo Championships, as well as the Russian Combat Sambo Championships would have to be officially forsaken.

The UFC would also have to take his brother Aleksander Emelianenko (who's a champion smack artist) as well as fellow Red Devil fighters Gegard Mousasi, and Amar Suloev.

The UFC has never shown interest in Aleks. His three losses in Pride are to Josh Barnett, Mirko Cro Cop, and the always dangerous Fabrico Werdum, and his only key win is against Sergei Kharitonov. 

Not to mention the derogatory comments he's made about the UFC in the past, as well as some of the tatoos he has, having some pretty shady meanings. He's also had a Hepatitis B scare.

And although he's since resumed his career in Russia, it makes the situation dire: he's only coming if Fedor demands it.

All of this is old news of course and charting the new tone Dana has taken on "The Last Emperor" hope springs eternal.

Just don't be surprised if/when we see... Fedor Emelianenko signs a five-fight deal with DREAM cross the ticker.