QUOTE (AussieLad @ Aug 30 2009, 07:32 AM)
I think there is still interest in randy fighting fedor. Fedor is toiling in relative obscurity in these smaller organizations against lesser competition. Without some real fights to sharpen his edge, its going to get rusty at some point. He's chosen money and freedom (from white's contracts) over legacy at this stage of his career, which i can understand given that whites contracts prevent him from competing in his beloved sambo tournaments. He'll still get to fight some names, but they will be guys that are on the downslide. White needs to loosen the reins on his negotiations, and he will get fedor
I hate Dana White, but I don't think its his fault Fedor isn't in the UFC. Dana came off the Sambo stance. In the latest round of negotiations (Right before Fedor went to Strikeforce), Dana said he could fight Sambo whenver he wanted, and basically addressed almost every concern Fedor had expressed in the past.
The problem is Fedor's promotional/management team M-1
. They wanted to be "co-promoters" with the UFC. If you guys saw any of the Afflcition cards (or decide to watch Strikeforce starting now) you'll see what co-promotion with M-1 means. It basically means the parent company still does all the advertising, while M-1 just plasters their logo on just about everything in the builiding, including Fighter's shorts, and the sink in the janitor's closet.
UFC wasn't having none of that, and I can't blame 'em. They don't need that shit. Fedor is a loyal man, so I don't know if he ever leaves M-1, but I think that's what it has to come down to for him to make it in the UFC. M-1 won't change, because everyone so far but the UFC has eaten their jizz in order to get Fedor.