During last week’s UFC Fight Night Q&A, Joe Rogan spoke truth about Fedor: that he’s too small for heavyweight because there’s a new breed of heavyweights in town.
“I think at the highest levels of the game you can’t be rolling around fat at 230 and fight those guys. We saw that with the Bigfoot Silva fight. Bigfoot Silva, he walks around at 290 pounds.”
“He’s an amazing athlete and he’s put on some incredible fights over the years but once you get to the highest levels of the game, you can’t come in fat, you can’t be fighting way above your weight class. Look, there’s guys at 185 who are bigger than him. Anthony Johnson is way bigger than Fedor, that’s reality. He’s bigger in his frame. He’s bigger – walks around heavier than him. Like really. Anthony Johnson when he’s 230 he’s not fat, he’s not a fat 230, he’s a big swollen up 230.”
“I think Fedor is an amazing talent, and incredible athlete, I really admire his mind and his mindset when he goes in to compete. It’s really fun to watch that he’s so nonchalant with his big belly and he there and fucks people up. But the reality is that’s not going to work at the upper echelons of the sport, any more at least.”
It seems so obvious now, and probably would have been earlier if our eyes weren’t permanently buried in Fedor’s gunt giving him oral fanboy pleasure. The dude ain’t a heavyweight. Not compared to today’s batch of literal giants. But will he admit that to himself?
It’s not like this is the first legend clinging onto his weightclass out of stubborn pride. Mirko Crocop took the same route and it’s basically resulted in a big frowny face for the end of his career. Fedor doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who’ll stick around if he keeps on losing fights. But why have it come to that when he could transition down a weight class instead? Maybe open up another chapter in the Gospel of Fedor? Wherein Fedor conquers the 205 pound division and shuts the great Satan Dana White’s fat yap?