Former two-time heavyweight champion Frank Mir has joined UFC president Dana White’s crusade in suggesting that WAMMA king Fedor Emelianenko is “dodging” the best heavyweights in the world, and this why he refuses to fight inside the Octagon.
“I think it’s an excuse to dodge the top-level competition, cause as long as he [Fedor] never proves it, he can keep the No. 1 ranking,” Mir boldly stated.
Since Fedor signed with Strikeforce a couple of weeks back, there has been a lot of criticism as to why he opted not to join the world’s largest MMA promotion, especially when their offer was much more lucrative.
Could co-promoting be THAT important to Fedor, or is it just an excuse to avoid putting his 26-fight winning streak on the line against legit competition?
Mir suggested on the “DAM Show” that it’s probably the latter of the two, stating the Russian is simply using the co-promoting angle as a crutch so he doesn’t have to jeopardize his spot as the planet’s best fighter. A tactic that no true-champion would consider as honorable.
“If he goes into the cage and loses, he loses that,” Mir continued. “If he stays out of the cage and doesn’t fight myself, Lesnar, Cain Velasquez, Shane Carwin and some of the top heavyweights, he can always have an argument.
“I’m not the only one to think that, Cro Cop said that himself when he came over here. Fighting in the cage is different then fighting in the boxing ring.”
Before heading out, Mir decided to take one final shot at “The Last Emperor” by claiming that Fedor would not stand a chance against the current UFC heavyweight title holder.
“In the cage, if you get taken down you better get back up because you’re going to get crushed against the cage,” Mir said of the ramifications of facing Lensar. “He’s going to get crushed against Brock.”