It’s great to see Shogun Rua still use Fedor as a tool to gauge a fighter’s greatness. I’m sure Bloodstain Lane can appreciate one of his heroes using another one of his heroes as a measuring stick. Granted, if you subscribe to the theory that Fedor has ‘soul stealing’ abilities and that he literally siphons a person’s skills after he fights them, then one could only come to the conclusion that Dan Henderson will lose against Shogun Rua. Let’s take a closer look at this esoteric concept, besides what else are you doing with your life right now?
Let’s go back to when Fedor choked out Tim Sylvia in under a minute back at Affliction: Banned. In Tim’s next fight, he was knocked out in nine seconds by a 47-year-old Ray Mercer in his first professional MMA fight. Next up for Fedor, Andrei Arlovski who he managed to one-punch KO in the first round at Affliction: Day of Reckoning. After that bout, Andrei went on to go 0-3 in his Strikeforce career. Fedor’s next fight was against a dangerous 10-0 Brett Rogers. After Fedor defeated him in 2009, Rogers was manhandled by Alistair Overeem the following year, squeaked out a unanimous decision against ‘Warpath,’ and lost against Josh Barnett and most recently, Eddie Sanchez.
But, wait the curse is not over yet. It even extends to anyone that Fedor makes contact with in the cage, regardless of if he loses.
On June 26th 2010, the world pulled its hair out when Fedor was tapped out by Werdum in just over a minute in San Jose. After the fight, Werdum reported that he was injured, recovered from his injury nearly a year later, and then went on to lose to Alistair Overeem while simutaneously aggravating his injury yet again. Bigfoot Silva was next for Fedor, and even though Silva grabbed a doctor stoppage over Fedor, he went on to get knocked out by Daniel Cormier last month in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand-Prix.
Now we come to Dan Henderson, and according to this interview with TATAME, Shogun Rua is unaware of Fedor’s soul-stealing powers.
He’s coming from great wins in Strikeforce, knocking out Renato Babalu, Rafael Feijao and Fedor Emelianenko… What are your thoughts about thouse bouts?
“He has heavy hands indeed, he can punches you in such a way that leads you to a knockout. We’re two guys who go for the KO, it’ll be a good for the MMA fans. He doesn’t like to play it cool, he wants to fight hard, so it’ll be a great bout for the fans to watch.”
You’re the favorite on the odds so far. Do you see yourself that way?
“No, he’s the favorite. Dan Henderson is the favorite, he defeated Fedor.”
Judging from my soul-stealing MMA math, Dan Henderson will lose against Shogun Rua at UFC 139. It’s already playing out in the cosmos, just look up. Alright, well go outside and look up, you won’t really be able to see much if a ceiling is blocking your line of vision. Now, see all those stars in the sky? You don’t? Ah, well maybe it’s daytime wherever you geographically reside. Well, I guess all of this went really wrong. Just trust me, it’s in the cosmos, up there — somewhere. [Source]