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No one wants to sambo with Fedor

Last week, Fedor stunned the universe by defending his Open-Weight Combat Sambo title in Prague in front of a rousing crowd of dozens. In other words, no one bothered to come check it out, even with Fedor’s involvement. Hell, even two of Fedor’s opponents didn’t make it to their matches, meaning Fedor won by default after one fight. Fedor’s thoughts on the tournament:

“This fourth gold medal ended up being the strangest. For the first time in my career all my opponents refused to step on the mat. I admit similar situations have happened, they’ve asked me to hit more softly on the head to avoid injuries. Not to mention in the 2002 Worlds, when I signed up for the competition, 7 fighters immediately quit the tournament, but what happened this time in Prague had never happened to me before,” declared the former Pride champion.

For all the bluster of Fedor being the ‘face of Combat Sambo’, it seems pretty clear at this point that no one but Fedor wants Fedor competing. All he’s doing is keeping other Sambo guys from winning some medals and fame for themselves. It’s like Barry Bonds showing up at a t-ball tournament and crushing everyone year after year. Give it up, man. You’re #1, we fucking get it.

Other sites might be trying to make this out as proof that the UFC really shouldn’t have been anti-Combat Sambo, but I don’t buy it. The Combat Sambo thing was probably a footnote at the bottom of the crazy demands Fedor’s management was asking for.

My take on this is similar to my take on Mark Hunt’s new pro wrestling career or Josh Barnett fighting a cross dresser … I find it sad that these guys are reduced to doing this lame shit instead of fighting the biggest matches of their lives in front of tens of thousands.

For God’s sake, this is like the beginning of a bad movie sequel where the main character re-assembles the team and finds his comrades doing all sorts of embarrassing shit to make ends meet.

  • fightfan says:

    Hilarious analogy…..Fedor at the Sambo competitions is like Bonds at a t-ball tournament winning it every year and taking away fame from others who would probably never accomplish anything close to it.

  • cheezeypoof says:

    is that Manny Gamburyan getting the autograph? Cuz it kinda looks like him.

  • Lifer says:

    didn’t show up cuz they were scared of Fedor or they were ‘taken care of’ by Putin? You be the judge.

  • ajadoniz says:

    This sounds eerily familiar to the corruption in Sumo. Boo, Fedor. You sucko, Russo!

  • Ted Dibiase says:


  • Xavier says:

    Much like in MMA, Fedor doesn’t end up fighting anyone.

  • Dru Down says:

    Well, I guess that ‘demand’ was a bit of a waste. I wonder how the Finklestein co-promoted events in Russia would have turned out?

  • RL Dookiefuck says:

    or maybe the Russian mafia threatened to kill his opponent’s families?

  • Ted Dibiase says:

    fedor sambo’d matt lindland off one foot.

    you ppl are retarded mccarthy lovers.

  • marshal says:

    Dana White’s at it again!

  • Thomas says:

    Time for Fedor to get face reconstruction and get a new identity

  • Roxy says:

    That’s too bad for Fedor. His big scary reputation is working against him now.

  • kermit_01 says:

    I think if you want to be well known right now you have to fight in the UFC. Sure hardcore fight fans know who he is, but your casual fan has not clue.. I’m willing to bet they know Randys face.. Fedor should have signed a year or two with the UFC. Then if he wanted to go do something else he’d have tons of Exposure on his side. I still think Fedor made a mistake not signing with them..

  • Ted Dibiase says:

    wheres your memory ppl?

    last year, if you were a good heavyweight, you were in PRIDE!!!!!!!!!

    now all you USA chanting nuthuggers are claiming ufc is the place to be. go vote for john kerry you flip flopping retards

  • MJC_123 says:

    Heh surely even Fedor gets sick of doing nothing.
    Fedor: Can I fight someone please
    Agent: Want to pop down to a school hall and do that Sambo shit
    Fedor: Sure…..
    Agent: Nice….
    Fedor: Where is everyone?
    Agent: Oh yeah your the champ how does it feel being the worlds #1…..champ!
    Fedor: Rubbish-ski……..Give me Dana’s number.
    Agent: Don’t be silly man we got you fighting Muhammed Ali in a super fight at NYE……SUPER FIGHT.

  • KGB420 says:

    “where the main character re-assembles the team and finds his comrades doing all sorts of embarrassing shit to make ends meet.”

    thats a great analogy, its like nick cages gone in 60 seconds.