One champion slammed, another to go. Actually, make that two for two as Shane Carwin has now spoken out about his displeasure in WAMMA heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko’s decision to shun the UFC in favor of co-promoting with Strikeforce.
“His run in Pride was nothing less than epic. A few years ago I would have put him as the clear P4P Best Fighter in the World. I do not think there are many fans or fighters that would dispute that,” Carwin wrote on his official blog.
However, Carwin believes that Team Fedor’s insistence on co-promoting enables them to control their schedule, and more importantly, who Emelianenko’s opponents are.
“Since Pride has closed its operations, Fedor has not really fought any elite fighters and he is essentially being fed ‘names’ that would not have a high percentage chance of beating him,” Carwin said.
Like all MMA fans, all Carwin wants to see are the world’s elite mixed martial artists competing against the best competition possible. That is the only way to determine who the best of all time is, and as a competitor, that’s all that should matter.
Why don’t you think Kobe Brant or LeBron James are playing ball in Europe? It might be a different sport, but the same principle applies; Europe (any other MMA organization) does not house the same caliber of talent or a stage as large as the NBA (the UFC).
How can you possibly be The G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time) if you are beating up your little brother everyday?
“They are working hard on protecting his legacy instead of putting the toughest fights in front of him,” Carwin said. “That is a disservice to him and the legacy he has built.”
“I do not have any choice in who I face or when I fight. I am asked to go fight and I do it. We did not hold out for a co-promotion or any other ridiculous terms to fight for the UFC title. I was honored to be offered the opportunity.”
Carwin gets his shot at Octagon gold when he meets Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lesnar TKO’d Frank Mir in the 2ndRound to unify the heavyweight crown at UFC 100 in July, however that wasn’t even half the story.
Carwin expressed his disgust with Brock after his WWE-like antics following the win. Lesnar went on to trash-talk a battered Mir directly in his grill, gave the thousands of fans in attendance the bird, and dissed one of the UFC’s biggest corporate sponsors.
“The flipping off of the fans that just lined your pocket with millions of dollars is just LAME,” Carwin stated about the incident. “He may be a Champion but he has a long ways to go before he earns the respect of a Champion. The fans are why we do this Brock, this sport is not about fat paychecks and drama, it is about hard work and sacrifice for a shot to do what you did last night.”
Carwin holds a perfect 11-0 record, however hasn’t faced anyone like Lesnar or Emelianenko. Although he isn’t shy about speaking his mind, we don’t disagree with much of anything that he has ever Tweeted, Blogged or said.
For now, his words are being heard, but they are more like grumblings than anything else. However, if he can remain undefeated after November 21st, he will be center stage with the attention of the entire MMA world.