Fedor Emelianenko Says He Has Nothing To Prove Against Brett Rogers

Fedor Admits He Has Nothing To Prove Against Brett Rogers... So Why Is He Fighting Him?

8/28/09 in MMA   |   Pat   |   5233 respect


In an interview with Fanhouse's Ariel Helwani, Fedor Emelianenko said what everyone already knows... he has absolutely nothing to prove against Brett Rogers. Rogers is a good fighter, undefeated so far, with his most notable win coming against former UFC heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski. That being said, Rogers isn't anywhere near a top-10 heavyweight right now, and Fedor is absolutely correct when he says he has nothing to prove against him.

This fight is a no-win situation for Fedor, who comes in as the huge favorite. If he wins, then he has beat another no-name fighter who never belonged in the ring with him in the first place. If he loses, which is a possibility with Rogers' heavy hands, then his legacy is forever tarnished.

So if Fedor has nothing to prove, and nothing to gain by fighting Brett Rogers, then why is he fighting him? He could quite easily be in the UFC, fighting in the organization with the strongest heavyweight division in the world, from top to bottom. But he's fighting another unproven fighter in Rogers. Fedor is walking a dangerous line, and needs to separate himself from M-1, if he ever wants to truly prove that he's the best.


Fedor Emelianenko: I Have Nothing to Prove Against Brett Rogers [Fanhouse]
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9/13/09   |   johnsward66   |   216 respect

hapkido_warrior wrote:
well by the way things are going there wont be any big orgs left and whoever runs the UFC will be the commissioner i mean look whats already gone- pride, affliction, elite xc, WEC (transformed into light UFC by zuffa) strikeforce is under pressure
it wont be long before fighters will have nowhere to go except UFC i just hope that with all the money their getting they can give fighters their right to their name, sponsorships and merchandise back although they do pay very well

Nothing's stopping them from doing the right thing on these issues now...except for Dana's predatory nature.

9/13/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

well by the way things are going there wont be any big orgs left and whoever runs the UFC will be the commissioner i mean look whats already gone- pride, affliction, elite xc, WEC (transformed into light UFC by zuffa) strikeforce is under pressure
it wont be long before fighters will have nowhere to go except UFC i just hope that with all the money their getting they can give fighters their right to their name, sponsorships and merchandise back although they do pay very well

9/13/09   |   johnsward66   |   216 respect

Until There is some kind of legitimate sanctioning body for MMA like the NFL & it's commissioner; there will never be a definitive answer to so many of these questions. Until then it's just "the truth that don't need proof" it's just one's opinion.    

9/13/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

i think your being hasty if you think sylvia and arvlovski are nobodies, fedor's still fighting the best in the world and if you took all the HW's in the UFC and all those out of it i would say their are more HW contenders outside it then it, its just that between these two groups of HW's no one is really sure who would come out on top because of the lack of depth many fighters are undefeated/ unchallenged
I couldnt tell you for sure one way or another about Fedor anymore but i still believe he could take brock
randy couture would of done better in his prime and he already did really well (watch the fight again i had him winning by points) and frank mir made no attempt at takedown defense he just assumed his jiu jitsu would scare everyone off from taking him down and then once hes down there he just sits and waits until he sees a submission he doesnt work for anything so i mean brock isnt quite as amazing as many new fans are making him out to be, hes no GSP, Anderson silva, matt hughes etc. yet

9/13/09   |   johnsward66   |   216 respect

rg0320 wrote:
I AGREE WITH YOU....TO ME HE ISNT THE BEST FIGHTER ON THE PLANET BECAUSE HE IS FIGHTING NOBODYS.....HE FOUGHT TIM SYLVIA....ARE U FRICKING KDDING ME...RANDY COUTURE BEAT SYLVIA AND IM A BIG COUTURE FAN...BUT I THINK FEDOR WOULD DESTROY RANDY.....IF HE WANTS TO PROVE THAT HE IS THE BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET....STOPBEING SO DAMN GREEDY AND SIGN WITH UFC AND FIGHT THE BADDEST MAN IN THE UFC HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION IN BROCK LESNAR.....SHOW ME SOMETHING....ARLOVSKI AND SYLVIA ARE IN STRIKEFORCE BECAUSE THEY CANT BEAT ANYONE IN THE UFCs UPPER ECHELON OF FIGHTERS

Dude....I think your caps lock key is stuck. You should have that looked into.  

9/13/09   |   rg0320   |   7 respect

dahizzle wrote:
I think the question shouldn't be asked whether or not he has something to prove?  But what is he scared of?  But not signing with the UFC he is only hindering his chances of what many may claim that he is the best heavyweight out there.  With his age getting up there he needs to fight top notch competitors.  THe obvious choice would have been Brock Lesnar.  Brock fights the best heavyweights that stepped up and he has not backed down from a fight.  I do beleive in order for Fedor to keep his claim of being the best heavyweight he has to fight the best which right now is Brock Lesnar.  Give the fans what they want.

I AGREE WITH YOU....TO ME HE ISNT THE BEST FIGHTER ON THE PLANET BECAUSE HE IS FIGHTING NOBODYS.....HE FOUGHT TIM SYLVIA....ARE U FRICKING KDDING ME...RANDY COUTURE BEAT SYLVIA AND IM A BIG COUTURE FAN...BUT I THINK FEDOR WOULD DESTROY RANDY.....IF HE WANTS TO PROVE THAT HE IS THE BADDEST MAN ON THE PLANET....STOPBEING SO DAMN GREEDY AND SIGN WITH UFC AND FIGHT THE BADDEST MAN IN THE UFC HEAVYWEIGHT DIVISION IN BROCK LESNAR.....SHOW ME SOMETHING....ARLOVSKI AND SYLVIA ARE IN STRIKEFORCE BECAUSE THEY CANT BEAT ANYONE IN THE UFCs UPPER ECHELON OF FIGHTERS

9/2/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

yes you are 100% correct in the reasons m-1 wouldnt sign and that Fedor is partial owner however, he could not force the rest of the company to do whatever he wants, Fedor wanted to move to the UFC but he also wanted his company m-1 to get the cut they felt they deserved which is a ridiculously huge piece of the profits although all this being said, UFC has some pretty harsh demands like the rights to all sponsorships, tv deals, movie deals, merchandise etc etc. FOREVER and they ve had problems with a lot of fighters such as tito ortiz and randy couture over this snippet in their contract which Dana will not bend
I really wish they had just agreed to set up one co-promoted grand prix type event with fighters from affliction, strikeforce and the UFC thrown into a 16 man comp of the best from each org
that would ve been sick, made tons of money and everyone probably would have gone home knowing who the best is and be generally happy
that event certainly would make me happy
but alas just another dream card- for the most part you are correct though, Fedor does want lots of money and he ll go to the highest bidder plain and simple
but i still think its an overstep to call him 'scared'- he wants to fight, he just wants rights to all his merchandise now and in the future (such as those best-selling affliction t-shirts that go for 60 bucks a pop and almost every fight fan owns atleast one of)

9/2/09   |   bigg_daddy

bigg_daddy wrote:
there may be something to the argument that fedor did not sign with the ufc because he knows that if he did he would have to face brock. at this point i wonder if fedor is as great as they say he is. he has made a name by defeating sub-par heavyweights in sub-par companies. if he wants to be considered the best heavyweight in the cage, go to the ufc and face the best heavyweights.

everyone keeps saying that Fedor really wanted to come to the UFC but M-1 would not let him go. from what i have read Fedor is part owner of M-1, and the reason he did not sign with the UFC is because he wanted to co-promote all of his fights in the UFC. on top of his take for each fight he wanted a cut of the ticked draw, the concessions, and the tv deal. and Dana White said that he would not share the proffits he has worked very hard to make the UFC what it is. Fedor is not in the UFC because he is greedy.

9/1/09   |   hapkido_warrior   |   272 respect

dahizzle wrote:
I think the question shouldn't be asked whether or not he has something to prove?  But what is he scared of?  But not signing with the UFC he is only hindering his chances of what many may claim that he is the best heavyweight out there.  With his age getting up there he needs to fight top notch competitors.  THe obvious choice would have been Brock Lesnar.  Brock fights the best heavyweights that stepped up and he has not backed down from a fight.  I do beleive in order for Fedor to keep his claim of being the best heavyweight he has to fight the best which right now is Brock Lesnar.  Give the fans what they want.

im so tired of replying to this... Fedor WANTED to fight in the UFC he pleaded and pleaded with m-1; he really wanted it but m-1 got him to where he was and invested in him and he has a lot of friends who hes not gonna just let go of in m-1
m-1 wanted what was essentially a billion dollar payout from the ufc (if you want full explanation view other posts)
it is abundantly clear though he wanted to fight them

of course he has something to prove against rogers though, arvolovski was actually doing really well against Fedor before he got KO'd whereareas brett rogers got him in just 22 seconds and James Thompson is a tough competitor, hes a real test of any fighter and yeah brett isnt too well tested but just look how many of his fights ended in first round KO's...all except two and within three minutes
his ground game is all he has to worry about

secondly to bobby lashley fans or WWE fans who know nothing of mma
lashley is not a threat or a good fighter, i dont consider bob sapp a good fighter and jason guida could be described as 'decent' (from a UFC level, hes great in the lower level orgs)
he is nowhere near a contract with the ufc much less a title shot against lesnar..

lastly, Fedor (just like randy couture) has great expirence against bigger guys, he knows how to use his speed and smaller size as an advantage (just like couture did in wrestling when he was younger and has done succesfully in the UFC into his late 40s) Fedor is actually better at fighting bigger opponents, small faster ones are the ones he has difficulty with

9/1/09   |   bigg_daddy

there may be something to the argument that fedor did not sign with the ufc because he knows that if he did he would have to face brock. at this point i wonder if fedor is as great as they say he is. he has made a name by defeating sub-par heavyweights in sub-par companies. if he wants to be considered the best heavyweight in the cage, go to the ufc and face the best heavyweights.

8/28/09   |   just_2_sweeet   |   8 respect

I think he's too small to fight in the UFC heavyweight division.  He could easily fight in the light heavyweight division for ufc but he doesn't want to do that.  He wants to be a heavyweight and i'm sure he knows brock lesnar is probably going to make him look bad.  Lesnar, Lashley..those types need to be in a superweight division.

8/28/09   |   fourtime7   |   8 respect

why don't he become a free agent and fight anybody who at top at the moment?

8/28/09   |   Superbleeder   |   94 respect

Probably because he was supposed to fight a few weeks so he's itching to fight and he doesn't care who it is.

8/28/09   |   MrOrangeman   |   42 respect

Obvious answer:  For the money, of course.

8/28/09   |   dahizzle   |   6 respect

I think the question shouldn't be asked whether or not he has something to prove?  But what is he scared of?  But not signing with the UFC he is only hindering his chances of what many may claim that he is the best heavyweight out there.  With his age getting up there he needs to fight top notch competitors.  THe obvious choice would have been Brock Lesnar.  Brock fights the best heavyweights that stepped up and he has not backed down from a fight.  I do beleive in order for Fedor to keep his claim of being the best heavyweight he has to fight the best which right now is Brock Lesnar.  Give the fans what they want.

8/28/09   |   Raider_Dave   |   47 respect

While Rogers can be fairly deemed somewhat unproven after 11 fights (all victories) himself & Fedor have the same exact "notable" victory over the last 3 years, which I guess can still be the victory against Andrei Arlovski.  Fedor has fought just as many notoriously good (difficult) opponents in the timeframe of Rogers' career as Rogers has.  If Fedor wants to prove he deserves the #1 Heavyweight in the world ranking, he needs to fight top competition, and he can start that by dismantling Rogers easily in the cage as opposed to though the media.  I'll believe it when I see it, but Fedor has a ways to go in convincing this skeptical MMA fan.