Contrary to conspiratorial misinformation, here at MiddleEasy, we’re all huge fans of The Last Emperor; just like we’re fans of ice cream, t-shirts with curse words on them, and the Wu-Tang Clan. All of us have stayed up until the early hours of the morning to watch him fight on a crappy pixilated web-streams, most of us have traveled thousands of miles to see him fight live, and some of us have even been banned from certain MMA organizations for sneaking into the cage after Fedor’s victory to give him a pat on the back. Realistically, what Fedor accomplished as an undersized heavyweight in the most exciting era of MMA can never be duplicated. The dude stepped into the ring against dozens of men who were supposed to beat him senseless, but somehow all fell short. His dominance over everyone from Pride to Affliction could only be categorized him amongst demigods in combat-sports history. It wasn’t until he joined Strikeforce where his run of dominance came to an end after going 1-3 against Brett Rogers, Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva, and Dan Henderson (respectively).
Fortunately, Fedor has resumed his career and strung together a small, but dominant winning streak and eyes another return to MMA at some point this summer. While we sincerely doubt that M-1 Global and the UFC will ever come together to co-promote and event, Fedor knows the best organization and the fighters are in the UFC – and still really wants to fight them.
“Of course, I want to compete at home, in front of my countrymen,” the Last Emperor stressed. “But at the moment, the strongest and most respected MMA organization is situated in America. It’s the UFC. Therefore, I have to go to the US in order to face the strongest opponents.”
Rumors of Fedor vs. Todd Duffee have been debunked as the former UFC fighter plans to fight Neil Grove in India. In fact, there is no official word on an opponent, but Fedor’s only reluctance would be to fight Josh Barnett, as he considers the “Baby-faced Assassin” a close friend. Whoever Fedor draws next, we hope it’s a performance worthy of keeping his new win-streak alive, and continued hopes of one day seeing him compete against the best in the world again.