As an irrational monkey, I’m still upset over the fact that we’re not going to get to see Fedor take on Brock, Randy, and Mirko in the UFC. But when it was announced yesterday that Fedor had signed with Strikeforce (which I think was M-1’s planned next step since before Affliction flatlined), I took solace in the fact that Fedor vs Alistair Overeem would be a decent fight. Unfortunately, Scott Coker has deemed it such a decent fight that it needs time to be set up:
“[Fedor] and Alistair Overeem should be an amazing fight, and people that haven’t seen Alistair, you know, he’s an amazing fighter.. I think we should do a couple of fights and build that one up, and then let their champion fight our champion, and let’s see what happens.”
“We’re hoping that Alistair will be ready to fight in the Fall, and we can put him on one of the cards with Fedor, and not fight against each other but fight against someone else, and let’s build that fight up.”
The problem with building that fight up is that it’s the only half decent fight for Fedor right now, and it still needs to be built up. How bad are the build up fights going to be? Will Strikeforce try to use Brett Rogers as chum again? Or is the freshly booked Werdum vs Mike Scumbag Kyle an attempt to breath some excitement into Werdum as a potential opponent?
We’ve already shuffled through this deck of cards when Affliction was trying to replace Josh Barnett. Here’s hoping Scott Coker gets creative and figures something interesting out for Fedor’s first Strikeforce fight, or we’re going to be magically transported back to 2006 when everyone got really resentful the first time Fedor stopped fighting top ranked opponents and instead spent two years fighting fat dudes, middleweights, old men, and giants.