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VCURamFan
02-18-2011, 07:46 PM
From MMAMania.com

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MMA media mogul Ariel Helwani essentially says as much speaking with Sherdog (http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles/Ariel-Helwani-Joins-Press-Row-30194) (transcription via Fight Opinion (http://www.fightopinion.com/2011/02/18/ariel-helwani-strikeface-fedor/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+fightopinion+%28FightOpinion. com+-+Your+Global+Connection+to+the+Fight+Industry.%29) ):
"I don't think that they will admit this to us on the record at least but, trust me, I'm not going to call anyone out but I spoke to a few people in Strikeforce (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/promotion/strikeforce) who, when I said ‘what does this mean?', a smile instantly appeared on their face. I mean, I'm not saying that they're rooting for Fedor, obviously not, but let's be honest, I mean, everyone knows that it's very hard to deal with M-1. So, now, April 9th it's not an M-1 Global & Strikeforce event. That's just a Strikeforce event."
Fedor Emelianenko's recent loss to Antonio Silva (http://www.sbnation.com/mma/fighter/122502/antonio-silva) on Feb. 12 in New Jersey may have devastated PRIDE fanboys everywhere, but apparently Strikeforce was all smiles after "Bigfoot" put an end to the "The Last Emperor's" hopes of winning the heavyweight grand prix tournament. Did the San Jose based promotion really want Fedor to lose his second fight in a row because it's a pain to deal with his management at M-1 Global? Or is Helwani perhaps misinterpreting the signals sent by company employees?

Crisco
02-18-2011, 07:51 PM
I think it's better for strikeforce in the long run.


They are putting on exciting fights which is good.


I think Fedor getting destroyed with force him to fight more. I'd like to see him fight like a normal fighter instead of some yearly super star.

ufcfan2
02-18-2011, 07:56 PM
I think it's better for strikeforce in the long run.


They are putting on exciting fights which is good.


I think Fedor getting destroyed with force him to fight more. I'd like to see him fight like a normal fighter instead of some yearly super star.

Not sure thats gonna happen,but it be nice if he did. I don't follow the M1 politics,but from what I've heard this is probably good news for Strikeforce.

rockdawg21
02-18-2011, 08:00 PM
No way, absolutely not! The 2 biggest names for North American fans, where Strikeforce is trying to market are Fedor and Arlovski. Most casual fans haven't ever heard of the other guys. It's all bad for Strikeforce to lose those two guys IMO.

J.B.
02-19-2011, 12:21 AM
No.