It is a great time to be a fan of mixed martial arts. Within the past week, we have seen a highlight reel knock out from possibly the sport's best current pound for pound fighter and also the decline of possibly the greatest heavyweight in MMA history. With all this great MMA going on there's tons of talking points to come out of things. However, there's one I want to focus on. Watching Fedor Emelianenko since his arrival in California-based Strikeforce has been rough to say the least. From his intense moments in the first round with a larger yet extremely inexperienced Brett Rogers to haphazardly wading in the guard of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in Fabricio Werdum to getting smothered and crushed by the mammoth Antonio 'Big Foot' Silva have all shown Fedor and his mystique in a different light. The sad part of all this isn't that 'The Last Emperor' has looked less than magical in the states. The sad part is that those that are new to the sport have left watching his now very accessible bouts scratching their heads.
If I was a new fan and my only experience with Fedor is his televised fights in Strikeforce, the immeasurable amount of hype given to him by the play-by-play squad would seem almost fabricated. Sure, we all know what Fedor Emelianenko has done in his outstanding career and no these back to back losses do very little damage to it, however, it does not win him any new fans and also does not put him in the same light as fighters such as Georges St. Pierre and Anderson Silva when he had far exceeded them for many years. Now, the stoic, emotionless entrance walk of Fedor Emelianenko to fans looks simply like a custom-made pro wrestling walkout rather than a statement of greatness. If only Zuffa did not own the bulk of Emelianenko's career, newer fans could see just how potent and skilled the fighter once was instead of having to hear Gus Johnson and Mauro Ranallo talk about it and as we know, a picture is worth a thousand words.
So it is our duty as true fans of the sport to make sure that the newer generation of fans do not read the tweets of Dana White or the numerous columns being written and simply view Fedor from a spectator's eyes but get a glimpse of the greatness themselves.