Vitor Belfort: The Fastest Opponent Fedor Has Ever Faced

Nate DoubleAnalyst IJuly 22, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  MMA fighter and former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, VP, Affliction Entertainment Tom Atencio and Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, heavyweight mixed martial artist and current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion rings the NASDAQ opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square on January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Vitor Belfort is the "fastest" opponent Fedor has ever faced. That's right...well, maybe fastest rise in salary.

Affliction and Belfort's management is apparently in discussion about how much the pay bump would be if Belfort faced Fedor instead of Jorge Santiago.

Past opponents have earned salaries of $750,000 (Matt Lindland), $800,000 (Tim Sylvia), and $1.5M (Andrei Arlovski) and Belfort's management wants to make sure he's being paid in an equitable manner. 

Equitable meaning four times or more what he's made in the past facing opponents at 185lbs.

Belfort's camp goes on to say that "if" Belfort were to take the fight he would enter the ring at 215lbs, only 15lbs lighter than Emelianenko, not nearly as big of a difference than say, Georges St. Pierre and Thiago Alves.

His camp continues that Belfort would be the "fastest" opponent Fedor has ever faced and since "Fedor relies on speed against his opponents", losing that aspect of his game would completely turn the fight on its head.

Yeah, right.  Fedor has so much in common with Speedy Gonzales and the Road Runner.

I cannot believe that Fedor is going to fight a really "fast guy" and Affliction is going to try to package it up and sell it to us.  Tom Atencio is a moron.  Save your company some money so you don't have to layoff all your minimum wage silk-screeners next week and fold up this show.

Hell even pay the fighters 20 percent of their due and sell off the exciting fight(s) (Babalu Sobral-Gegard Mousasi) and call it a day.  Padding the best fighter in the world's record further, and selling single digit pay-per-views, is a worse way to call it quits