Originally Posted by Ineffable
Fedor isn't the death of Affliction. Affliction is the death of Affliction. Fedor fights in the UFC, and you watch how stock goes up.
Ineff, I love you, but you are wrong in this case, and I can tell you why.
Fedor's fans are the hardcore MMA fans. They DO NOT buy PPV's, they watch on line after the event for free. Fedor has not been a draw, in the United States, EVER in his career.
If you transplant Fedor to the UFC, what you have is a fighter that will probably beat the top 3 thru 5 UFC Heavyweights, but no one will care, because no one will buy the UFC unless they do a whole UFC Fight Night for Free with him like they did for Anderson Silva.
None of you would have known who he was either if they hadn't let him DESTROY Chris Leben for free, on UFN LIVE, and then get an "automatic" shot at Rich Franklin...
Fedor will never sell tickets in the US until he gets a promotional vehicle behind him LIKE the UFC. And that will take time, money and more than one fight BEFORE
he takes on BROCK.
The fact is, Fedor doesn't WANT
to fight in the UFC. Much like Cro Cop, he wants a ring where he can stalk, and corner, his opponent. In the Octagon, he can't do that. In addition, if he takes another Murder-Plex, like he took from Randleman, he would be KTFO in the Octagon.
Oh yeah, in the UFC they Steriod Test as well, which is why Cro Cop went 1-2 in the UFC.
Anyone that thinks Fedor can generate THAT power without juice is kidding themselves....
In any event, Fedor is managed by M1 Global. They want considerations that the UFC is NOT prepared to give those concessions.
Fedor signs again with Dream and he has an end of the year, New Years "Superfight" with some other oddity and goes on to have a career outside the UFC and outside of Randy, Mir and Lesnar....
In other news, I have been predicting the fall of Affliction for almost a year. They paid too much for talent ( $800K for Timmah to fight Fedor ?!?! ) and they continued to sign bad fights, in bad cities ( see the Las Vegas attempt ) in an arrogance fueled attempt to unseat the reigning champs....
And by the wayside falls another "competitor" who was fighting one handed and wounded the whole way through.....