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Dana White on Fedor Emelianenko: Dude, you're fighting a 185-pounder
“Listen, I’m not out to hurt Fedor, or hurt any fighter. People ask me my opinions, I give you my opinion on what I think about a fighter … I’m in the fight business, and I think that I know a little bit about the fight business. I’ve been in it since I was 19. And I’m going to have my opinions on fighters, just like you sports reporters or the fans, you know? Sometimes I’m right, and sometimes I’m wrong. I didn’t think that Kimbo Slice could win The Ultimate Fighter. I thought the Fedor hype was ridiculous. And the people who were really as great people as he thought he was weren’t getting their dues, you know … If I’ve got to still give Fedor his digs, my dig would be, ‘Dude, you’re fighting a 185-pounder.’ Henderson’s got a great chin, he’s durable, he’s got good wrestling, he can stay out of submissions, and all the great things I can say about Henderson, but Henderson weighs 185 pounds. So I actually think this fight, as far as Fedor is concerned, it’s a lose-lose for him. If he knocks out Dan Henderson, he knocks out a 185-pounder. If he gets knocked out, he just got knocked out by a 185-pounder. – For more from Dana White, visit Sports Illustrated (via MMAMania.com)
Widely considered the best Heavyweight in mixed martial arts history, Fedor Emelianenko managed to remain unbeaten for more than a decade, racking up an impressive 31 victories along the way. Though it wasn’t until June of 2010 that he’d suffer his first legitimate loss after being caught in a shock submissioin hold by Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champ Fabrico Werdum, a second consecutive defeat at the hands of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva made some, including the Russian himself, wonder if it was time for Emelianenko to hang up the gloves.
After briefly discussing the possibility of retirement, Emelianenko will now seek redemption in his August bout with fellow MMA legend and multi-divisional Champion Dan Henderson. However, according to his most noted detractor, UFC President Dana White, fighting the “185-pounder” is a lose-lose situation for Fedor. So what do you think LowKick’ers? Does White speak the truth or does a win over Henderson reinstate “The Last Emperor” to his throne?
Photo: UFC President Dana White at UFC 132 PF Press Conference. Credit: Scott Hirano.