Sour Grapes For Dana White

It didn’t take long for Dana White to open his mouth. The blood isn’t even dry on the nose of Fedor Emelianenko, yet the UFC President has wasted no time blasting the one that got away. White still can’t get over the fact that Fedor said “no” to the kingpin. To the surprise of nobody, Dana White was not impressed with the Last Emperor’s knockout.

“The guy just got his face smashed in by Brett Rogers. Do you know what Brock or [UFC heavyweights] Frank Mir and Cain Velasquez would do to Brett Rogers?” White said. “It’s time to bring this guy [Fedor] in, to see Brock Lesnar smash his head,” said Dana White to the LA Times. Ah Dana, you are as predictable as the time of day.

I knew immediately following the fight that Dana White would take shots at Fedor for the fight. While I am not saying that Fedor would beat Brock Lesnar, I think Dana should think twice before comparing Fedor’s fight with Brett Rogers to Brock Lesnar. What Dana White failed to mention in his interview was that Brock Lesnar needed two rounds to beat a 45-year old fighter, couldn’t finish perennial journeyman fighter Heath Herring, and lost in the first round to Frank Mir! So if Dana is going to start jumping to conclusions about Fedor’s inability to put Rogers away early, he should think twice before comparing Fedor to Brock Lesnar.

As a fight fan, I do agree that going to Strikeforce over UFC was not a very brave move from Fedor. Whether it is competition or finances, Fed0r would have had the best of both worlds in UFC. There is nobody in Strikeforce now or on the horizon that is going to give Fedor any kind of a challenge. Don’t make me laugh with Fabrico Werdum, Alistair Overeem, or a rematch with Brett Rogers. Obviously the competition is in UFC and Fedor is fooling nobody by opting for a three-fight Strikeforce contract over the number one MMA promotion in the world.

At the same time, it is impossible to deduct how one fighter would do against another by simply looking at competition. Anderson Silva went five rounds with Thales Leites, yet nobody questioned Silva’s abilities following the fight. It also wasn’t as if Fedor couldn’t put Brett Rogers away. In one breath Dana White will tell you what a fraud Fedor is, yet in the other he will tell you he has a $30 million contract on the table for Fedor. If Fedor was really that much of a fraud, why would Dana White and the UFC be willing to be a fraud $30 million? Of course we know the answer to that, and so does Dana White.

The Brock-Fedor talk will never die and at some point I really do believe that the fight is going to happen. Fedor is a complete free agent in two more fights and could just as easily make a deal to come to the UFC at the end of next year as he could not. As big as Brock Lesnar is, I don’t think it is an automatic with all things being even that Lesnar beats Fedor. Fedor has 33 fights under his belt as compared to Brock Lesnar’s five fight career. Fedor has fought fighters of all sizes and has always come out on top. I don’t think it is as much of a given as people think that Brock Lesnar would win that fight.

However, it is time for Dana White to keep his mouth shut about Fedor. I am tired about hearing what a fraud Fedor is and what a farce Strikeforce is. We get it, the UFC is better but at the same time MMA fans are going to tune into Strikeforce to see one of the world’s greatest fighters. Fedor had a game plan Saturday and stuck with it. I don’t think there is anything to criticize him about. Unless Dana White is going to get the deal done, it is time to let it go and focus on who he does have in the UFC.

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