Fedor "The Last Emperor" Emelianenko; 6'0" 235 Lbs. 32 years old, 29-1-1 (NC), Pride Heavyweight Champion, Affliction Heavyweight Champion, wins in Bodog Fight. A resume of a legend, arguably the best ever in the sport of MMA.
At one point, if you mentioned MMA, it went hand in hand with the UFC, which went hand in hand with Chuck Liddell. Now, Mention MMA and you're most likely to hear the name Fedor Emelianenko. Fedor is big, strong, exciting to watch, and he wins fights, knock outs, submissions, the guy has it all. Who doesn't love Fedor Emelianenko?
On Janruary 24th, Fedor is scheduled to go up against Affliction's top heavyweight contender, Andrei Arlovski for the WAMMA Heavyweight title. Fedor is by far favored to win the fight, after destroying Tim Sylvia-who has wins and losses against Arlovski-in thirty six seconds, people may expect this fight to end quickly as well. The big question though is this, what happens in Fedor loses?
Tito Ortiz used to win fights, he started losing, and people starting to forget about him. Chuck Liddell used to dominate the Light Heavyweight division of the UFC, he got knocked out by Rashad Evans, and people started to question his abilities. Randy Couture is one of the greatest fighters the MMA world has ever seen, seemingly unbeatable, even when he lost. Now surrounded by controversy after a loss to Brock Lesnar.
If Fedor beats Arlovski, all is well. He's done his job, kept the title, and pleased the fans that want to see him win. If he losses however, how long will it take before people start to question his strength, his style, his heart, his name? In the world of MMA, it's win, or be cast aside, but could we really cast aside Fedor Emelianenko?
Emelianenko and Arlovski are both great fighters, both with nice Sambo backgrounds, titles on their resumes, delightful foreign accents. No matter the outcome of the fight, it should be very exciting. However, Fedor may need have to win over Arlovski, if he wants to win-over his fans, because if he loses...well, let's just hope it doesn't come to that.