“Fedor” – The End of the Greatest… It Is God’s Will (With Video)

Disclaimer: This article was not written by me, I am simply sharing this article on this blog because I thought it should be read by everyone who is a fan of MMA. Full credit and original article here.

“It is God’s Will”, says Fedor, the greatest Mixed Martial Arts fighter to have ever competed professionally. That was how he justified his fall from the top, as his decade of destruction and 32-fight-unbeaten streak of terror was finally ended by Fabricio Werdum. And so it is now, as he prepares to end his career following his next, and final bout, against Pedro Rizzo in M-1 Global. It is God’s will.

Fedor Emelianenko will retire from Mixed Martial Arts.

Coming ten years ago to the week (almost to the day) after Naseem Hamed’s retirement, I hereby dub this particular stanza in May “The Black Week of Combat Sports“. Fedor’s career culminating will be an emotional time, as he is one of those rare fighters you follow as a person, look up to, even idolize. I can’t possibly eulogize his in-ring career any better than I did so controversially two years ago, when Zuffa and Dana White intensified their smear campaign on what should be the greatest fighting legacy in combat sports outside of Sugar Ray Robinson. So here it is, albeit edited to be less obnoxious; an objective, truthful, unbiased and unflinching account of what Fedor Emelianenko was and is to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, and the laughable, preposterous notion that he ever ‘ducked’ the UFC or was in any way inferior or even on par with any of the UFC stars that he supposedly avoided… and it goes as follows;

Good morning, sports fans. Open your knees and feel the breeze, and prepare for an injection of real talk that should immunise you to the slanderous lies regarding the greatest fighter in the sport, untruths and preposterous psycho-babble making it imperative I start tweaking the nipples of the MMA world…

It seems only fitting that in my first lyrical rampage at lowkick – bastion of MMA news and features – I should start with the Great One. The big cheese, the dog’s bollocks, the crème de la crème of the sport. Yes, I am referring to a pudgy, prematurely bald Russian man. Why waste article uno on some snivelling mediocrity? Why not the best? Better than all the rest? Better than anyone? Anyone I’ve ever met…

OK, the introductions are made, the ball is rolling, the stage is set, so let the festivities begin. This is the point where all American fight fans populating Axis-dog, MMA-stinker and all the other online MMA cesspools of stupidity need to remain silent, while the adults speak. Because the subject I plan to spit my prose all lyrical like upon, is the very subject that these thousands of dribbling fucking infants have been whining over across every large MMA forum for the past two years: Fedor and the UFC.

Yes, Fedor, his legacy, and the looming, sinister presence of the Ultimate FaceThePain Championship – our beloved Yankee doodle organization that supposedly has the best interests of the sport’s worldwide growth in mind, with every event, every press release and every new conquest… yet, despite their well-being and benevolence for all things MMA, they (for some strange reason) make it their modus operandi to downgrade and attack the legacy of the finest professional fighter to ever lace up the gloves in mixed grappling and striking combat; Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko.

And that is criminal.

UFC President, Dana “The Baldfather” White, continually makes ludicrous claims that Fedor is NOT P4P material, nor is he a top 5 heavyweight. Worse, he mindlessly spat out this misinformation PRIOR to Fedor’s first ever loss, after a decade of dominance! When his own “top heavyweights” in the UFC have not faced each other (at time of writing) to prove their greatness, and nor have they beaten dangerous fighters that by consensus are sufficiently skilled enough to make a legitimate challenge to Fedor, yet they STILL make absurd public statements downplaying Fedor, the UFC and Dana come off like jealous, jilted lovers. It is sad that the President of the world’s (sadly) largest MMA organisation is such an immature and spiteful man, that in the interests of public relations and UFC propaganda, he will not only insult Fedor personally on ESPN radio, but will also happily tarnish the career and legacy of this sport’s best fighter…

Sadder still, my friends; there are tens of thousands of fucking idiots who happily ingest and swallow all this Goebbels-esque misinformation, then spread it like truth. It’s like a retard-friendly game of Chinese whispers.

Allow me, dear reader, to review the logic and context of the claim – made by Zuffa LLC, and duly repeated by an entire generation of brainwashed American idiots who “train UFC” – the claim that Fedor Emelianenko, the man who imperiously stood atop the heavyweight mountain for seven long years… is “ducking” the UFC.

(ps – if you have EVER even suggested that this claim is feasible, you are an absolutely terrible human being and the cable companies should scramble your TV signal during prime-time MMA hours because you are an undeserving viewer).

Let’s take a look at Fedor’s career, where he is now (circa late 2010), and what exactly it is that he is “ducking” compared to the men he has already fought, could potentially fight, and will definitely wage war against in the cage.

His career began in RINGS, which in the early ’00s was one of the more stacked organizations of the time. This was reflected by Fedor facing the likes of Ricardo Arona in only his fourth fight – Arona was the best grappler in MMA at the time. Fedor beat him. Next up came a “loss” via illegal elbow cut – tournament format dictated that Tsuyoshi Kohsaka went through as winner to the next round. This unfortunate incident cost Fedor a fight with future Pride rival Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, as Kohsaka advanced, rightly or wrongly, and Fedor was left with a ridiculous so-called loss on his record. TK was later beaten bloody by Fedor in PRIDE.

Renato “Babalu” Sobral was another man to fall to Fedor in this early stage of his career – a win that earned him the RINGS Open-weight Grand Prix title – one of three RINGS titles he won, along with the RINGS Heavyweight class title and the RINGS Absolute Class tournament. Hot on the heels of his early-career tear (1o wins plus the TK fight), PRIDE picked up the promising heavyweight.

Pride Fighting Championships are considered by many to be the very pinnacle of Mixed Martial Arts (read my history of the org at http://fightsportasia.com/mma/an-introduction-to-asia-mma/) Emelianenko entered the Japanese promotion after a successful introduction to MMA with Rings, as an undersized heavyweight but with a lethal combination of outstanding throws and clinch, dangerous hands and a tremendous overall submission game. He duly triumphed over the future GOAT of K-1, Semmy “High Tower” Schilt; the most lethal lanky striker to live. If only Pride knew at the time they were essentially promoting a fight between the #1 All Time Greats of two different combat sports…

Fedor easily dealt with Schilt, then ragdolled and bludgeoned the-then #3 ranked Heath Herring, who was fresh from losing a close fight for the Pride heavyweight title. And thus, so soon into his Pride career, Fedor earned a Heavyweight title shot against the consensus Second Greatest Of All Time: Rodrigo Nogueira. Nog is a Brazilian man who not only boasts a wealth of BJJ and submission grappling wizardry, he is a man who survived having a truck run over his chest as a kid, to become a Vale Tudo world heavyweight champion. That makes Nogueira tougher than Dan Quinn believes HIMSELF to be!

Fedor spent most of the fight either throwing Nog like a rag doll, pounding his face into the mat, or even Ground’n’Pounding him from within Nogueira’s guard. At the time, it was hands down THE most dangerous guard in the sport. That is what Fedor achieved, to become the Pride HW champion. No one would ever claim that title again.

Fedor defeated Nogueira again. He blew through a procession of former and future champions, from a variety of orgs. He took on and defeated K1 World Grand Prix champions, and ADCC submission grappling masters, Olympic Gold Medalist judokas and MMA champions of Pride and the UFC. He beat the other feared heavyweight Pride had to offer, the former K-1 terminator who ran the gauntlet of fire just to earn his Superfight with Fedor; Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, the deadliest striker as yet seen in the sport. Fedor beat him in his own domain; out-striking him, forcing him onto the backfoot, and controlling the pace of the fight.

Fedor, quite simply, could not be touched.

I could be pedantic, and run through the rest of Fedor’s Pride career, but we all know it by heart; thanks to the dribbling, socially incapable retards on sherdog… excuse me, Axis-dog forums, who posted their “expert analysis” of that career across the forums, explaining to each and every one of us exactly why each and every single win of Fedor’s was “overrated”.

*Fedor defeating Nogueira twice = overrated.
*Fedor beating Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic = overrated.
*Fedor having more top 10 wins than anyone else in history = overrated
*Fedor blowing through every top contender in Pride, Rings and Affliction = overrated
*Fedor being 7-0 (currently) against UFC champions = overrated.
*Fedor having defeated UFC champions, Olympians, Pride champs, K-1 champions, Grand Prix winners in both K-1 and MMA (Pride), ADCC champs, Rings champs, top 10 opponents and badass motherfuckers alike = vastly, vastly overrated.

Fedor beating:

*#1 ranked Nogueira
*#2 ranked Nogueira
*#3 ranked Herring
*#3 ranked CroCop
*#7 ranked Schilt
*#2 ranked Arlovski
*#4 ranked Sylvia
*#7 ranked Coleman
*#6 ranked Hunt
*#7 ranked Randleman
*#7 ranked Rogers

Because we all know – Fedor is scared of the post-2008 UFC “New Breed of Heavyweight!!” It’s a fact, sons! He’s ducking them all! Lesnar, Duffee, Carwin, all of them. Every “new breed” around who, as of right now (at time of writing) the majority of Sherdog’s posters think will crush The Last Emperor. Fedor has never faced anyone quite like them!

Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Frank Mir, Todd Duffee, Junior Dos Santos, and Cain Velasquez are the names that were thrown at each and every fan that – obviously, in their right mind – happened to support the Greatest of all Time. But hold on… tell me, these are the guys that happened to usurp the top dogs of the UFC circa 2009, yes? Well, when Fedor was first accused of avoiding the UFC after the demise of Pride (2007) the three top heavyweights were Tim Sylvia (champion), Randy Couture (who then beat Tim for the belt), and Andrei Arlovski (had been champion previously).

In a year’s time, Fedor faced TWO of that three – Sylvia and Arlovski – and – as ever, vastly undersized – he destroyed them both in a combined 3 minutes and 50 seconds. He signed to fight the third (Couture) but the fight was cancelled, due to Randy resigning with the UFC.

That is ducking?

THAT is ducking? Fedor “ducked” the UFC post-Pride, but fucking MURDERED two of the top three who were there at the time, both UFC champions, and the other one ducked him! The “other one” being UFC legend Randy Couture with his near .500 record and losses to Valentijn Overeem, Enson Inoue and Mikhail Illoukhine, who UFC praise to the hilt, in comparison with the 33-fights-unbeaten Pride champion with more top 10 wins than any other heavyweight and a decade of destruction to his name, Fedor Emelianenko, who UFC and Dana White say is a fraud, “not top 10″, and who “hasn’t fought anybody since the late 90s”, despite his debut being in May 2000.

Really, Zuffa? Really, Baldfather?

Fedor vs. Sylvia, Arlovski & Couture… out in the streets, they call it murrrrrdahhhhhh…

Ducking? The elites of the UFC are what Fedor fears? The men at the top when Pride collapsed and Fedor was left without a home, are precisely the men who LEFT the UFC willingly to prove themselves against HIM, the men whom he respectively choked into submission, and scud missiled into unconsciousness in a matter of minutes…

So, that takes care of 2007 and 2008. Roll on 2009, and lo and behold, UFC fanboys have found more reasons to ooze slime. Step aside, UFC elite and Fedor victims, because the New Breed are coming through. But are they really anything special that Fedor has not faced before? Fedor, the man who beat K-1 guys on the feet, BJJ world champions from within their own guard… he should fear the NEW BREED?

Prior to the PR fiasco that even Dr. Josef Goebbels could not pretend was a fight between the world’s best heavyweights – Carwin vs. Lesnar – none of the New Breed had even fought each other! None had barely any top 10 wins between them! Brock was 4-1 win/loss, with his two shining triumphs being a 46yr old current light heavyweight, and a Frank Mir who last wore UFC gold proper in 2004. Carwin had more fights, but was little better; his best wins leading up to Brock were a Gonzaga whose stock is falling fast, and the aforementioned Mir.

As for Carwin vs. Brock itself, don’t make me laugh. Round 1 saw the sad spectacle of Brock turning and running from his opponent’s punches, cowering into a ball and praying that the referee would not stop the fight (he IS a cash cow, after all…) until Carwin prematurely gassed, and Brock managed to secure a submission on him in round 2 that resembled my 14yr old brother submitting a giant, inanimate teddy bear. Only the teddy would have been more of a challenge to secure a hold on, probably…

Best heavyweights in the world? UFC champion vs. UFC “interim heavyweight champion”? Don’t get me started on THAT can of worms…

Yes… clearly, Fedor Emelianenko – with his pinpoint accuracy striking, ability to brawl with the best, and lethal knockout power, his great throws, trips and sweeps, his aggression, top-notch submission game, indomitable will and ceaseless endurance, is ducking the top 2 fighters of the UFC – Shane and Brock.

(Edit in 2012~ “top 2″ at time of writing. Less than 2yrs ago – and now one has been retired, the other is nowhere near a title shot. AGAIN, retrospect looks kindly upon this “controversial” report).

Only now of course, there is no “interim champ” in Shane. So now there is, theoretically, a NEW second best HW in the UFC. Great. That basically means now that the old guard is discredited, their weaknesses and flaws highlighted, there is a NEW guy that Fedor is obviously ducking! Now it’s Cain!

(editors note 2012 – Carwin was indeed discredited, then Cain beat Brock, then Brock got smashed again and discredited, then Cain got smashed and has been discredited. The cycle continues, and only Fedor remains, only he remained at the top for years and years). Now, while Cain is superior to the rest of the “new breed”, he is hardly a monster. “Pillow hands” is one criticism he is stuck with… and I fail to see in what area of fighting he is superior to not only Fedor, but to the hulking Alistair Overeem; Strikeforce champion, and the REAL new breed of heavyweight to my mind. 6’5 of solid muscle, speed and strength, not to mention K-1 striking and ADCC level grappling. THAT is new breed.

(Second editor’s note 2012 – Overeem was slandered too, then joined the UFC and smashed Brock Lesnar to pieces. True, he got caught juicing, but Brock was a juiced pig too. Point is – Zuffa talk garbage, their stars are hype products, and only Fedor stays at the top through all hype, smoke and mirrors – 2000-2009).

Nogueira and “Cro Cop” being picked up by the hungry, greedy animal that is UFC was the worst thing to happen to Fedor’s career. After both men – far past their primes, both – were cannibalised by younger fighters who’d never fought under the glare of the Rising Sun – both Zuffa and the Zuffa zombies a.k.a the dribbling, stupid New Age forum fanboys, were able to discredit Fedor’s consensus biggest wins. But lets think in terms of context:

Is Nogueira, after such a punishing career, even 50% of the fighter he was from 2002-2006?

Is Cro Cop, after an even more punishing fighting life consisting of over 100 matches in K-1, amateur boxing and MMA, even 70% of what he was in 2003? Mirko is a striker; his reflexes, as with anyone else’s, dull over time.

I can safely say; both men in their primes were a hell of a lot more impressive – and well rounded – than Brock Lesnar, Todd Duffee, and Shane Carwin.

Because from what Brock/Shane taught me, the UFC term “New Breed of Heavyweight” is codeword for “huge wrestlers with no cardio”. And to me, that’s not new breed – we had Mark Kerr in 1997.

Only Kerr also had success in ADCC too. He had legit submission skills.

I’ll take a BJJ wizard with great boxing (Nogueira) and a K-1 killing machine with exceptional takedown defence, reflexes and sprawls (Mirko) any day of the week, over this fantastic, mythical new breed of heavyweight that the Zuffa UFC hype machine blathers on about… absolutely pathetic, transparent garbage, and it’s a fucking tragedy that so many morons fall for it. I’d take prime Nogueira with his insane skillset, and prime Filipovic, Pride’s Croatian Sensation, any day of the week.

I’d also prefer to have those names (circa 2002-2006) on my résumé, in my wins column.

(Editor’s note – I will leave the following UFC vs. Strikeforce comparison in there, even though that debate is now redundant, but simply for the purposes of showing Fedor actually signed to the best HW divisions post-Pride – Affliction and Strikeforce).

Let’s look at some more fun facts; for all the New Breed propaganda, does the Ultimate FaceThePain Championship even have the best selection of heavyweights out there? Let’s compare the current UFC heavyweight roster to Strikeforce, the org that the dastardly UFC-ducking-coward Fedor actually signed to…

UFC:

Lesnar – huge wrestler, has proved to be vulnerable both to punches and submissions.
Carwin – huge wrestler, immense KO power, but slow and zero cardio.
Mir – hugely talented BJJ artist, not the sturdiest chin, far inferior overall to Fedor
Duffee – huge, unproven, could not finish Mike Russow before being KO’d
JDS – great striker (not quite prime CroCop, though) not proven on the ground
Cain – best of the bunch so far. Personally, I doubt he could KO or decision Fedor though…

Strikeforce:

Fedor
Overeem – the REAL new breed; 6’5, 250+lbs of K-1 striking, ADCC level grappling
Werdum – exceptional BJJ, most dangerous heavyweight submission artist fulltime in MMA
Silva – huge, talented striker, good grappling, well rounded
Rogers – the least well rounded of the bunch, but huge KO power, decent brawler
Kharitonov – completely well rounded; great chin, tremendous boxing, excellent throws, good submission game.
Barnett – one of the deepest HW resumes in history; great catch/submission wrestler
Arlovski – went 3-0 in UFC before leaving to face Fedor – went 0-3 afterwards
Gracie – if he stays in MMA full time, we will be treated to the current king of BJJ

So you decide. Did Fedor REALLY duck “top competition” when he chose to decline the dictator’s UFC contract, and sign with Strikeforce?

In my opinion – and that’s all it is – he chose to add a huge weight to the swollen ranks of the best heavyweight roster in Mixed Martial Arts right now.

It is an easily arguable fact that Fedor left Pride, and in signing to Affliction and then Strikeforce, actually remained with the promotions with the best heavyweight rosters out there.

Wow, this ended up being a fact-laden voyage. Perhaps if I slow down my typing, next time…

In closing, compadrés, I bid you adieu. This feature is solely the opinions of myself, and – I’m pretty sure – those of the guys at my forum! But don’t take the word of anyone professing to be an MMA writer as gospel; not Helwani, not those shit arse clowns at Axis-dog such as Rossen, Rios and the girls, not anyone here… hell, don’t even believe me.

Just do the research, and make up your own minds.

This article is dedicated to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll, all things holy, Era “Enae Volare Mezzo”, black vale tudo shorts, Russian Orthodoxy, and to the Greatest Professional Fighter in the short history of Mixed Martial Arts… Fedor Emelianenko.

In Fedor – a beautiful human being as well as the most magnificent fighter thus far in MMA – we also had the following slogan, when he suffered defeat for the first time. It did not break him, as it did the 35-0 longtime undefeated legend Naseem. Fedor took it in his stride, it was “God’s Will”. When asked how it felt to finally lose… his response?

“The one who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up.”

What a man.

I don’t know if it was in June 2010, or if it is now in May 2012, but one or the other was that day… the day, the music died.

It’s been emotional. Thanks for the memories, champ… and just know, there’s one so-called journalist at least who will always try to keep the memory of your greatness alive.

I never had any doubt that Fedor was the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist ever, but this article seals the deal and should remove any doubt on the quality of Fedor’s past opposition. The only person I would put above Fedor as P4P greatest of all time is Anderson Silva.

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Rich vs. Poor – The Untold Story Behind Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort

Disclaimer: This is coming from a poster on a forum, so in the end while it seems legit and he was questioned by the posters on the forum; they came to the conclusion that this guy was not making it up. Take it with a grain of salt, nevertheless, it’s a fun read and interesting in the least.

I’ve seen many posts regarding “what is going on between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort”, so I decided to share with you guys what is going on. I have some pieces of the puzzles you guys don’t have, notably, the access to Portuguese language, forums and the exposure to the Brazilian media. I also happen to know a lot of the background situation in the camps and witnessing how fighters acted/said/behaved during a relatively large time frame. So when you guys look at Anderson and don’t “get it”, but you feel that there is “something going on”. Every human being is sensitive enough to know that there is “something going on”. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW/CARE “WHAT IS GOING ON”, and feel that this might increase the satisfaction from watching the fight and its consequences afterwards, this is the topic.

Back in UFC Brazil, when Vitor Belfort knocked out Wanderlei Silva, Anderson still trained with Chute Boxe. At that time, Chute Boxe had many prospects but Anderson wasn’t even named. This was back in 1998. Anderson’s first fight was in 2000, on Mecca I. Anderson got accepted into Chute Boxe after two amateur Vale Tudo fights. Vitor Belfort’s fight with Wanderlei Silva was in 1998. Two years before Anderson Silva even came to Chute Boxe. At the time Anderson Silva came to Chute Boxe, there were already fighters with more “prestige” in the team. Obviously, he wasn’t the focus.

Anderson was nobody. He was just an outsider at that point. He still hadn’t learned how to use his reach with Pele, and just started to learn Muay Thai. Chute Boxe rivalries with other camps were legendary. Their mentality was akin to military.

Vitor Belfort won the belt in 1997 at 19 years old. He was the phenom and his popularity skyrocketed. Vitor Belfort influenced a generation, he was on the media 10 times more than any other Brazilian fighter. His popularity was unanimous. Everybody wanted to be like Vitor Belfort, train Jiu Jitsu, and hit the weights. Vitor was marketed as a golden boy, a golden mine. He came from an above average wealth family, in Brazil you could easily put him in the minorities. He had everything, he was young, handsome, famous, godly physique, the champion. Nothing compared to him.

Then when his sister disappeared, he got even more media attention, it became a national known drama happening live, he appeared on main television station from often making appeals for information on his sister. People empathized with him. You can find his appearances on Brazilian national television on YouTube, hundreds of them.

Other fighters just appeared on closed televisions, or publishing magazines, but not Vitor Belfort. People admired him and some were jealous of him.

After he defeated Wanderlei Silva, a really bad blood started against Belfort from Chute Boxe, whenever they talked about him. At that point, everybody in the gym were subject to abstract the hate against Belfort, but that is just the start of it.

Many years later, after Chute Boxe started to crack, with many fighters leaving, Belfort went to train with Chute Boxe. At that time, Wand had just moved to U.S. It was something UNTHINKABLE for Vitor Belfort to train with Chute Boxe. Vitor was and remained an enemy for a long time.

Some people don’t understand this “enemy” mentality. I will put it briefly… in Brazil there are many good fighters and they have to fight against themselves and only the best have a chance to go to U.S. or Japan. There was a thick bottle neck for Brazilian fighters until not long ago. Having the opportunity to fight in U.S. and Japan meant a lot, it still means a lot, because winning in Brazil doesn’t count, you couldn’t and still can’t make money here. This is slightly changing, but its subject to another topic.

Anderson Silva was never the favorite puppy of Chute Boxe, it was an incredible camp and there he was just an average guy, a beginner, people were doing him a favour in letting him train there. He had to work at McDonalds, serving a lot of rich kids, or playboys with their fancy clothes and arrogant behaviour, always looking down on him because he is black. Prejudice in the south states of Brazil is STRONG. He wasn’t just black, he was poor, he was just another nobody with a very strong sense of self. He trained unbelievably hard, he did his best and still he didn’t see a light, an opportunity. He wasn’t satisfied with the situation. Its subject to another topic as well, but just to say it briefly Rudimar Fedrigo, the head leader of Chute Boxe was a very dictator/authoritarian/shady guy, he did what he had to do and didn’t asked people’s opinion, he didn’t let other people judge his decisions, he was keeping the power to himself all the time, that’s how he went in history from all the fighters that left, the Fedrigo wasn’t straight enough to lead/manage them.

In Chute Box, Anderson won a few fights on a minor event in Curitiba, got a contract to fight in Shooto in Japan, after winning Shooto he got the opportunity to fight in Pride and after he lost to Daiju Takase in Pride, UFC offered a contract to him which was denied by Fedrigo for shady reasons (to keep with the shady deals he had with the Japanese, in UFC, Anderson would get paid directly in his name, but in Japan, Rudimar got the money and the fighters didn’t even know what they were signing, so in order to keep that strong rule over the money and fighters Rudimar denied the opportunity of Anderson’s life at the time), Anderson discovered that and got pissed… not long after, him and many other fighters started to question the way Rudimar Fedrigo did things, a considerable group of Chute Boxe fighters were unsatisfied and left. This is also on the news on the net, the names of the fighters who left, the reasons they left, etc.

Anderson’s path was rough, he had to bounce into minor events in Brazil. Differently from Vitor Belfort, who was on “Casa dos Artistas 2” (like a Big Brother for famous people in Brazil), where he was very popular, where he started dating Joana Prado (the Playboy record seller in Brazil, the hottest and most desired woman by far at the time). Belfort had everything. Money, famous, prestige, was in the big events, had the woman everybody was talking about and Anderson’ life was pure shit.

You see, where Vitor had a cradle, was trained by Carlson Gracie, got straight into big events, won it very young, and lost only to Randy, got mislead into going to Pride where he lost to Sakuraba (who at the time was rampaging over people) and then back to UFC, he lost to Chuck Liddell, whom at the time was also rampaging over people.

It was only right after winning the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship over Randy Couture that his sister got kidnapped, and from there on, everything went downhill for him, 5 losses in 7 fights. But on the other side, ironically this skyrocketed Vitor Belfort’s popularity again on the media, but this time even the housewives knew who he was and what Vale Tudo was.

It was only in 2007 that the drama of his sister’s disappearance started to get settled. What happened basically is that they don’t know for sure, one woman confessed, but in Brazil, women end up confessing crimes of a bunch of men to protect them and stuff, so it does not prove anything and nothing happened, the mystery didn’t get solved, but during this time or right after, they got an anonymous lead/information that felt very detailed/solid that his sister had been kidnapped, saw the faces of the kidnappers and end up getting killed, the actual story of how it all went is very sadistic and traumatic and it’s not the point of the thread, but knowing this was enough for him to get a closure on the episode, he could find peace, and that was important to him.

But in the meantime… Anderson’s life started to change as well, he was already kicking Rich Franklin’s ass for the second time, solidifying his position as the champion, and even before that we already started hearing him being hyped as the P4P best fighter in the world.

Anderson’s life changed drastically, in the U.S. he was a big name, but in Brazil, nobody knew him. It was all about Vitor, Vitor, Vitor. He was already tired of hearing about Vitor. When he trained with Vitor, he schooled him, he dominated him. And Vitor is a guy that usually outclasses people in training, Vitor is a beast in training, but when he sparred with Anderson, he was schooled. Vitor’s striking sucked in comparison, and he knew it right away. Anderson felt a mix of pitty for him, but also jealousy of him, because he was so much better than Vitor how come he wasn’t getting as much credit as Vitor? The whole Brazilian media was on Anderson’s mind since then. Every time you hear about Vitor Belfort, it’s like nobody on the media knows that there is a guy named Anderson Silva that is considered outside as the best pound for pound.

Anderson goes to the press conferences and get buttered/licked by everyone and then he goes to Brazil he has to watch Vitor Belfort being praised, receiving all the attention. People like Vitor, Vitor is popular in Brazil, like I said, he defined a generation, he performed oral sex on Joana Prado’s feet live on television for millions of people, every guy is jealous of him.

You have to understand Anderson’s point of view. In his mind, he is a better fighter than Vitor Belfort (and he is, there is no doubt about it), but Vitor Belfort is the guy that had everything. Anderson thinks Vitor does not deserve the praise/attention in the media, in fact, that pisses him off. How come “I am not the center?” “How come I am not in his place?”

At the time Vitor trained with Anderson, he still hadn’t found a closure for his sister’s problem and Anderson lets go of his initial negative feelings towards Belfort and empathized with him, because in his eyes Vitor was weakened. Anderson felt very good for being able to “help” a guy like Belfort, he felt good about Belfort’s shitty situation and felt like “its a wounded animal, let me help you”. But it wasn’t sincere. It was like someone rejoicing unconsciously because from his standpoint, the tables had turned.

Vitor on the other hand, didn’t even think about that, not even realized what was going on with Anderson and his point of view. Vitor kept to himself, Vitor didn’t bow down to Anderson’s helping hand. Its not that he tried to look tough either. It’s just that Vitor didn’t give a shit about Anderson from the beginning. Vitor never acknowledged Anderson like Anderson wanted too. This frustrated Anderson.

Vitor was always a protagonist kind of guy, he is alone, leader of himself, no allegiance to no one, alpha male kind of thing. Not because he tries to be like that to impress other people, its just that in his eyes/point of view, he simply KNOWS of his potential. He KNOWS what he can do, how superior he is. Of course he respects Anderson, but it’s in a formal way. “Yeah, he is very good”, but it’s not like he bows down in a way that puts him in an inferior position. “This guy is very good, but if he stands in my way he is going to get it”.

Vitor didn’t actually betray Anderson. Anderson never did anything for Vitor. Vitor never acknowledged him. Vitor treated him just like another dude. Whenever Vitor got the media spotlight, he would always keep it for himself, not the kind of guy who would go out of his way to praise other people like Anderson would praise Minotauro.

Everywhere Vitor goes, he goes to improve himself. He doesn’t go to help other people. If other people get helped, good, but he doesn’t feel like he owns them more than what he actually gives them by his presence at the time they trained. This is hard for a lot of people to understand in Brazil. Vitor takes it in an informal “I’m a professional” way. Whereas other people want more than that.

At this point you have to understand Anderson’s point of view. He was already a top fighter in 2003, he already knew inside himself of his potential. He had 3 years of Chute Box top training/sparring and some could say he was in his peak since then.

At this point, after not being able to stand Rudimar, he sees himself forced to leave and start over, ending up finding events to fight in the ass of the world in Brazil, felt very depressed, felt like quitting. It was at the point of his life that a guy like Nogueira comes and save the day.

Nogueira helped Anderson, and many many other fighters and he still does it. He gave Anderson his hand, he took him under his wing, he taught him Jiu Jitsu straight from the source (Nogueira is like 3rd/4th generation from Brazilian Top Team). The Jiu Jitsu he had learned in Chute Boxe couldn’t compare. Anderson’s striking was already top notch, and he started to build up a ground game to go with it. At this point Nogueira wasn’t in Brazilian Top Team and Anderson wasn’t in Chute Boxe, so one could say it was their “marriage” that started to melt the rivalries (despite Anderson having fought Luis Azeredo in 2001).

Basically, you have to understand the history, the ups and downs, how everything went, what was their situation at the time.

Vitor has nothing against Anderson, he doesn’t care about Anderson. Where Anderson feels strongly against Vitor, it has nothing to do with “betrayal” from the time they trained together. It’s only in Anderson’s view that just training a few times together would hinder a fight. At a certain point, when Anderson found himself, and Vitor was there in the shit, that Anderson felt superior thus he could somehow accept and consider Vitor a pet or something. Because everything was right in his life, he thinks that that status quo should remain, like him being the champion of his weight class and his happy friends supporting him in the middle.

So when Belfort gets out of the shit, near 2007, gets momentum and finally reaches his door, he feels like “How dare you to challenge me?” Vitor nomad/protagonist/professional way of being clashes with Anderson “me and my boys are gonna rule this” mentality. Vitor was never his boy. “Vitor was never my friend”. It means Vitor never aknowledged/bowed down to him even when Vitor was in the shit and he was on the top.

But that’s only Anderson’s way of seeing things. Vitor being the number one in Brazilian media, while Anderson despite being praised left and right as the P4P king was being completely overshadowed by Belfort (Anderson popularity/appearances on media started to increase here since his last 2-3 fights, but still nowhere near Belfort). So to Anderson, another thing that pisses him off, is knowing that he is the better fighter than Vitor, yet he does not get the credit he thinks he deserves in comparison with Vitor.

Another thing relates to how Vitor was always in the spotlight and had the easy road, good family, money, in any way you can evaluate Vitor, the guy had everything and Anderson is the type of person that does get jealous. Deep inside Anderson he knows where he came from, what he had to do to get where he is, and he didn’t have anything Vitor had. To Anderson, he is more deserving. He can’t stand Vitor having all those things, the media praise and still coming to CHALLENGE HIM, trying to take his glory, etc.

Anderson is like “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to put you in your place. I’m going to show the world who is the one who deserves the praise.” It’s the opportunity of his life, because Vitor Belfort brings to the table the glory/media in Brazil. If Anderson defeats Vitor, he will have to be seen as the superior fighter, he will have to get the edge, top attention. Something he still does not have. Something he wants badly. And losing to Belfort will be worse than losing to anybody else, because Belfort is everything he resents from other people, based on the things he didn’t have, the life he lead, his difficulties, etc. Vitor, on the other hand is completely oblivious of Anderson’s feelings. He is like “What is Anderson’s problem, he seems so angry… weird.. I dont get it.”

Of course Anderson won’t say these things openly to the media. What he truly feels like is what I just said. He tries hard to be “cool” (like Belfort), trying to downplay the importance of this fight to himself, trying to make it look like it was just another fight. He creates a mask, to hide his hideous emotions/feelings, to hide that he is insecure. To try not to look pathetic, ridiculous, with low motivations, but inside, he just is like that. He will probably devastate Vitor like you have never seen before. It’s like “payback time motherfucker”. If he can embarrass and humiliate Belfort worse than he did to Maia, he will. It’s one of these fights that only if Anderson wins, he will be able to get over Belfort (because he is again in a position of superiority) and will still role play hard that “it’s just another fight and he just did his job and try to give a show to the fans”. But deep inside he will be grinning, because he was victorious at last.

I’m just a dude following MMA on the internet that couldn’t stand seeing people so clueless about what was going on. This fight has major motivations and historic proportions, most of you Americans, or people who are not following MMA for long, and had no access to the info only Brazilians have from forums (and posts from people who train, and stuff that don’t get on the net), or people who have no ability to logically correlate facts or understand behaviours and psychology. That’s why I’m giving this information, because knowing this will help you savour the fight and analyze the apparently unexplainable behaviour of Anderson/Vitor. But make no mistake, it’s very personal, it’s not just another fight.

I found that to be a very interesting read and I tend to believe it because I have seen many posts online in certain forums and on YouTube saying how they hope Anderson destroys this playboy, this white playboy and other race related things, I was like what the fuck why are Brazilians pointing out race? Like I said though interesting nevertheless.

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