This weekend I read somewhere (can't remember where) that Fedor is simply ducking top competition and is trying to close out his career on top. I didn't think much about it at first, but the more I did it made me wonder. I completely disagree! Take out the decision to fight outside of the UFC....I know a lot of the new school UFC fans don't agree but Fedor is the G.O.A.T.
I know tons of you are going to disagree so let the comments flow! Here is proof that he is the greatest ever.
Since being in Pride Fedor has fought Matt Lindland, Choi, Sylvia, and Arlovski.
Now I understand that Lindland is a 185'er, and Choi is a joke, but Sylvia and Arlovski are both great fighters ( or at least were)
Lindland is a little guy compared to Fedor in terms of weight, but he could have caught Fedor.
Fedor’s first fight for Affliction was against former UFC champ Tim Sylvia. While Sylvia was never a fan favorite, he was a true champion. He defended his title and was at the top of the division for awhile. Timmay was very good standing but he has ignored his ground game for some time. This was obvious as he was submitted in less than forty seconds. Those that say that Fedor isn’t fighting top talent seem to forget that Sylvia beat Brandon Vera, Andre Arlovski, Assuerio Silva, Ricco Rodriguez, Mike Whitehead, Jason Lambert, and Ben Rothwell. Timmay went 8-2 in his previous ten fights before his fight with Fedor with losses to only Big Nog and Randy Couture. Sylvia was no chump and a solid person to stand opposite Fedor in the ring. Sylvia was arguably the best fighter that Fedor could have fought at the time outside of the UFC.
The next fight for Fedor was against Andre Arlovski. Andre was similar to Sylvia in the sence that they both had solid standup games and were huge names in the UFC. Andre had not had as many top level fights as Tim but he still had his share. For a long time Andre was considered the second best big guy in the UFC. In this fight many expected a standup war, but before it got to that point Andre displayed his new glass jaw. Andre and Fedor traded blows but seemed to still be feeling each other out when Andre lunged forward leaving his jaw exposed. This led to the end of the fight and the last time that we have seen Fedor in action.