Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

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Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

Post by Kinosis on Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:25 am

Fabio Maldonado was a huge underdog in his first post-UFC fight, facing legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko in Russia at Friday’s Fight Night Global 50. And even though a majority decision loss will forever stand in his record, the Brazilian returns to Sao Paulo feeling victorious.

"I have the utmost respect for Fedor, he’s the most humble fighter I’ve ever met in my life, and I’m happy that I fought here. But I think I won the fight, right?" Maldonado told MMA Fighting a few hours after the fight. "I didn’t lose that third round. In the worst-case scenario, give him the third round and it’s a draw. He didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did. He was better in the second round, but that was not a 10-8. And I have no doubt the first round was a 10-8.

"For the love of God, he almost fell several times. Everybody knows (the first round) was at least 10-8, or even a 10-7. He punched me close to the fence, but I was there because I really wanted him to attack."

With Matheus Serafim and Alexandre Imperador in his corner, Maldonado survived an early attack by Emelianenko in the first round, and came close to finishing the Russian heavyweight several times in the next four minutes. Referee Viktor Korneev didn’t stop the fight to give him the TKO victory, but pissed Maldonado off during one of his attacks.

"He did stop the fight. The referee touched me, stopped the fight standing to give Fedor his mouthpiece," Maldonado said. "He stopped the fight when I was attacking. Man… It would be hard to win a decision here, we knew that. But the referee did a good job. People talk about Mario Yamasaki, criticize him, but he always did a great job when I was fighting. He let me get beat up by Glover Teixeira, and stopped it against (Stipe) Miocic. So he did a great job with me. It wasn’t a mistake to not stop this fight, but he did a mistake by stopping it to give Fedor his mouthpiece that time.

"But it wouldn’t be crazy if he wanted to stop it," he continued. "For less than that, the referee stopped his fight against Dan Henderson. He went back up and down several times yesterday. But even when he was dizzy, it was hard to catch him, he kept dodging my punches. Holy sh-t, that’s a tough man. His jab tasted like blood. Any slap he threw got me off balance."

When the third round was over, Maldonado and Emelianenko had blood all over their faces. And even though the Brazilian felt he did enough to win, he wasn’t that confident before the judges’ scorecards were read.

"I thought I could have lost," he admitted. "I really thought about it."

Maldonado had a one-fight deal with the promotion and is open to a rematch with Emelianenko, but won’t decide anything just yet. The Sorocaba-native left a good impression against a legendary heavyweight after getting cut by the UFC with a 1-3 record in his last four fights, and that performance could earn him a ticket back to the UFC despite the official loss.

"People know what happened. Everybody knows. Many Russians came to me after the fight saying that I won," he said. "I live day by day. I can fight at 205, at heavyweight. I just don’t compete in jiu-jitsu and taekwondo. Anything else with punches and good money involved, I’m in. I competed in submission and twice in boxing this year, and won by submission and knockouts. I feel the evolution.

"I’m feeling well. I know I’m evolving. Twenty years ago, people would be asking for me to retire because I’m 36, but taking care of myself, eating well, training intelligently, we last longer. I want to fight until I’m 40 or more, but I can’t keep fighting wars like this one and the Glover fight [laughs]."

Maldonado’s best performance in years took place in a heavyweight bout, but he’s not considering to permanently stay at this division. However, to return to 205 pounds, he knows he has to make some changes in his life.

"Fedor didn’t fight the same Maldonado that competed at light heavyweight in the UFC," said the Brazilian. "He fought a stronger fighter, with more energy and punch. But I know that I don’t cut weight very well. To go back to 205 pounds, I have to stay around 210."

Maldonado leaves Russia feeling victorious despite the official loss, and leaves a message to the Brazilian fans that didn’t believe he would stand a chance against "The Last Emperor".

"People have short memory," Maldonado said. "People don’t even know how to choose a president in Brazil, how are they going to know how to pick a fight? They forget that Mark Hunt got knocked out in 18 seconds by a middleweight, Melvin Manhoef. Anything can happen in seconds, just like with our greatest fighter of all times, Jose Aldo. It’s a fight.

"I was caught against Stipe Miocic, when I was expecting a longer fight. I was really upset. And people judged me a lot. They said I went from iron chin to glass jaw. People have short memory."

http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/6/18/11968434/fabio-maldonado-fedor-emelianenko-didn-t-win-that-fight-judges-saw#comment_tease

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Re: Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

Post by Kinosis on Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:29 am

The title is a bit of click bait to some degree.  After all, in the article he says "I thought I could have lost," he admitted. "I really thought about it."

Maldonado probably deserves a rematch.  Of course he was also openly on PEDs on the fight so that gives me less sympathy for him.  Perhaps they should both join the Rizin Open Weight GP and have a rematch in the first round of the tournament.

*Update - I messaged Jerry Millen on twitter and asked about a Fedor vs Maldonado rematch in the first round of the Open Weight GP in Rizin. Hopefully he will get back to me.

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Re: Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

Post by nodogoshi on Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:45 am

I scored the fight a draw.

I'd have it a draw under Global MMA rules or unified rules, but I'm pretty sure they were using unified rules.

I had the first round 10-8 Maldanado, and the other two round 10-9 Fedor, so 38-38.

One judge had it the same way.

Maldanado didn't win the fight.

Fedor won 2 rounds to 1.

10-8 rounds aren't common in MMA. I think the first round was a 10-8 round. However Maldanado has no argument for winning the second or the third. At best Maldanado could've got a draw; but as it actually went down Fedor squeaked out the victory.

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Post by Kinosis on Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:28 pm

^I agree, though I had the first round a 10-9 based on how I usually see fights scored. Though I actually think 10-8s should be used much more often. I'm fine with either score. Ultimately people have a problem with 2 judges who scored it a 10-9 instead of a 10-8 but you are right, there is no way Maldonado won.

A draw is the best he could have got and all of that is based on the 2 or 3 minutes of the fight he dominated. He lost the rest of it.

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Post by CDF47 on Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:21 pm

I saw the fight as a draw with 10-8 first round for Fabio and Fedor with the other 2.

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Re: Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

Post by FreeWarMachine on Sun Jun 19, 2016 5:37 pm

It's nice to read opinions from people who actually know how the 10-point must system works. I personally had the first round 10-8 for Maldonado, but according to the unified rules you must dominate completely the entire round and since Fedor opened strong and hurt Maldonado, I would understand a 10-9 first round. That scoring system also makes it virtually impossible to justify a 10-7 round (or lower). 28-28 or 29-28 make for reasonable scorecards. I don't agree that this is the best scoring system, but it's what they use

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Post by westcott123 on Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:25 pm

Kinosis wrote:^I agree, though I had the first round a 10-9 based on how I usually see fights scored.  Though I actually think 10-8s should be used much more often.  I'm fine with either score.  Ultimately people have a problem with 2 judges who scored it a 10-9 instead of a 10-8 but you are right, there is no way Maldonado won.  

A draw is the best he could have got and all of that is based on the 2 or 3 minutes of the fight he dominated.  He lost the rest of it.

yeah I would have to agree and this also shows were about fedor is I mean the 2003 version fedor would of tore right through him ,
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Re: Fabio Maldonado: ‘Fedor Emelianenko didn’t win that fight. Judges saw what nobody else did’

Post by nodogoshi on Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:50 pm

westcott123 wrote:
Kinosis wrote:^I agree, though I had the first round a 10-9 based on how I usually see fights scored.  Though I actually think 10-8s should be used much more often.  I'm fine with either score.  Ultimately people have a problem with 2 judges who scored it a 10-9 instead of a 10-8 but you are right, there is no way Maldonado won.  

A draw is the best he could have got and all of that is based on the 2 or 3 minutes of the fight he dominated.  He lost the rest of it.

yeah I would have to agree and this also shows were about fedor is I mean the 2003 version fedor would of tore right through him ,

Fedor got caught with a 2 punch combo by a 24-0(21kos) professional and decorated amateur boxer, who he was thoroughly pummeling with boxing.

Fedor is a great boxer and 2016 Fedor is a tremendous fighter.

I understand how unlikely this seemed a couple years ago but I truly believe Fedor has a serious chance to once again become the undisputed (at least among logical humans) #1 heavyweight MMA fighter in the world.

Just off hand, I think I give him about a 15 percent chance to do so, and would have it more like 20% if it wasn't for the uncertainties in the business and politics of MMA. That said recent developments in MMA are what may be decisive in giving Fedor the opportunity to prove himself #1.

He still has to win the fights of course, and barely escaped defeat the last time. Maldanado is a serious and dangerous fighter. That wasn't a tune up fight, it was a legit opponent.

One of my hopes is that Fedor came away better from the experience. He was caught, AGAIN, with a move that he shouldn't have and it almost cost him the fight and perhaps his entire comeback, and a comeback of that sort is one fight at a time. Here's to hoping the politics and business afford him the chance to try.

Remember the case of George Foreman. Boxing is a considerably deeper and more competitive than MMA, as well as far far far more specialized. These are all reasons longevity is fairly common in MMA. Just look at Dan Henderson, who began a second professional sports career in 1997 (while continuing to wrestle at the highest level for years after), following his 2 Olympics (getting on two Olympic wrestling teams is a major, major achievement. Henderson did it in Greco which is a lot less deep in the US, but even than its still a pretty big accomplishment-in any Olympic sport for that matter).

There is absolutely no reason Fedor can't once again become #1.

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Post by InfinityLens on Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:20 pm

I don't like the idea of a rematch (maybe at the end of Fedor's career when he has proven what he wants to prove and is just taking fun fights). He got the (controversial) W and should move on, Bedorf in KSW or Rosholt wherever.
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