Eating crow on the Fedor pick
I am officially here to eat crow on my prediction that Fedor Emelianenko would lose to Tim Sylvia. Fedor was able to win the fight in less than a minute. It’s clear that he’s still the absolute monster fans remember him as. This is my mea culpa for suggesting he may be washed. It’s clear he hasn’t lost a step and now the UFC has a serious problem with its heavyweight division.
The top heavyweight fighter (Fedor) isn’t theirs and another top heavyweight (Randy Couture) is in litigation with the UFC to be released from his contract. It doesn’t help that other top 10 heavyweights, like Andrei Arlovski and Sylvia, aren’t among the current UFC HW-division ranks either. The UFC has some exciting prospects at the heavyweight level, but they have to sign some of the top fighters if they want to keep the division relevant.
Now, a few housekeeping notes. First, the way the comments work -- I need to approve each one individually before they go up. I was traveling this weekend so I wasn’t able to get to many posts as quickly as I usually do. If you post a comment and don’t see it up right away, this is why. I approve nearly everything, as long as it’s profanity-free.
Next, I am aware that Tim Sylvia did not win. I deserve the laughs and ridicule for taking Sylvia. Fire away. Of course, I did say before the fight that the allure of this matchup was whether or not Fedor was still the same fighter he used to be. I’ve seen him fight before in Pride and I’ve seen some film of his fights, so it wasn’t like I was unaware of how good he was. I simply believed he wasn’t the same fighter. There is no debate, however, about the level of competition Fedor fought in the past 18-24 months. Sylvia has been fighting much better fighters. I thought that would matter but, alas, I was wrong. Dead wrong.
Of course, so was everyone who picked Quinton Jackson to stomp Forrest Griffin. I wasn’t one of them. I picked Griffin. Everyone who thought Matt Hughes would get back in the win column by overpowering Thiago Alves was wrong. I had Alves. Everyone who thought Anderson Silva would struggle with James Irvin -- also wrong. I had Silva with a first-round knockout.
In fact, my main event predictions have been pretty solid since I started them and I have a hard time believing there are too many people out there who were 4-4 in those fights. I’m certain that the small sample size is the biggest factor in my high prediction percentage, but I will still be right more than I’m wrong.
Now, I probably will never be as wrong as I was with my prediction for the Affliction: Banned main event. Fedor is one of the best fighters on the planet and he proved he’s still the top heavyweight in the world. And I’m always going to be the clown that said he was washed up and that Tim Sylvia would outlast him.