Preview: Fedor Emelianenko Vs Fabricio Werdum, Why Fedor Is Ready to Lose

Eric Steiner AKA The Worlds Biggest MarkContributor IIJune 24, 2010

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  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)
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Since everyone's on the Fedor bandwaggon, like Burt Sugar says on ESPN Classic's "(Boxing) Ringside" "I have to find the nearest casino so I can bet against him" because when the bookies have a fighter so overwhelmingly favored, it always seems to be the right time for that fighter to get upset.
If you look closely, you can tell in pre match interviews that Fedor's mind is not in this fight.  Other than the usual puppy dog look of ignorant bliss his face usually gives when pictured outside of an MMA ring, he also has an unusual entourage including clergy-men, Russian politicians, his wife and his handlers, all dancing around in his head and around his dressing room, while he's simultaneously dodging questions from the media about UFC's heavyweights and where he fits into the grand scheme of the heavyweight division.
This new Fedor "look" is beginning to consume him. 
He is distracted and influenced by numerous items outside of the MMA ring, and he's bringing that circus along with him into the ring.
There is no room in a fighters mind for distraction while competing against the best in the world in MMA, and Fedor is inviting all forms of distraction into his mind.
Fabricio Werdum in contrast is a living example of hard training.  He is referring to this fight as "the fight of his life" (rightfully so).  As he will head into a cage against the most feared MMA competitor in the sport today.  Werdum will need a perfect game to dethrone the last Emperor.  To ensure this happens he has worked with multiple camps and fighters such as Wanderlei Silva, gaining experience in various forms of combat, doing everything within his power to upset the MMA world beater (Fedor). 
He is taking this fight as if it were for a world championship title.  His mind is in the right place to win this fight.
For these reasons I must pick Werdum to get the upset of the century in their bout this weekend.
The fallout that will happen afterwards will occur as follows:
Fedor's stock will plummet and Finkelstein (his handler) will have to cater to whatever offers are on the table (including UFC) because Werdum will then be the hot commodity—not Fedor.
That means no more BS posturing, no more meaningless leaverage in his contractual negotiations, Strikeforce and UFC will not have to beg for his services because he will no longer be unique, he will become just another fighter.
Then Fedor will finally have to prove his skills to the world against the finest heavyweight competitors in the world.  And this may be the best thing that could have happened to him because it will make him hungry again and eager to prove himself.
Unfortunately for Werdum, the tremendous push that he receives from the win over Fedor will be completely wasted as he gets knocked out in the first round by Overeem.
Overeem then will go to the UFC thinking he will dominate, (since there are no more heavyweights to face in the Strikeforce heavyweight division) but instead he will make it to the UFC only to get owned by any given heavyweight in the UFC's heavyweight division.
It's a contradictory prophecy to what many think will happen this weekend, but one that could happen, just think of the possibilities.