"jesus shut up....it's obv. they want Fedor and are trying to get him here. He's not the meca of MMA why in the world should they risk overpaying or giving up too much in return???
He's not going to make or break MMA...."
Could the same be said for Fedor? If he lets the UFC slip away, it is a joke to call him HW champian when he only has Barnett (maybe) and some MW's to fight. How long does he stay ranked #1 fighting MW's and cans?
I don't know the specifics of the deal outside what I have read here so I can't say who should do what. I do think that letting Fedor sign with someone else lends a legitimacy to the other organization. There are still solid unsigned fighters out there that could fill out a good HW division.
Very true and thats because of the great marketing. I don't average person cares about the UFC and if they thought there was a better org or better fighters they would watch that. If the sport does continue to grow then peopel will know the names and tune in to the fighters they like.
"Ask Vera how it turned out... the manager is the problem."
I understand your point but LOL at comparing the bargaining power of Vera to that of Fedor.
Vera is an unproven guys who has never beaten a top guy.
Fedor is the undisputed best fighter in the world. Fedor is already a star in other countries. Vera not so much.
Fedor is a healiner and a draw.
With all that is mind the UFC is paying the bills with the money of "casual" fans and they will make money without Fedor. Hell they made money when big Tim was their paper champ. Is the UFC HW champ a paper cham with out Fedor in the mix? Yes. Is that forcedly a huge problem for the UFC? No.
Fedor may well will slip into irrelativity if he signs with another org. He could fight Barnett ut unless another org can develope some real talent there isn't much out there for him. That said who s there in the UFC for him? Perhaps if the winner of Randy v Gonzaga goes on to beat Nog then there will be a compelling match. There is no UFC fighter that is on Fedors heals as the #1 guy.
In short the UFC may not need Fedor and he may not need the UFC.