While Shane Carwin will be facing UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 in November, talk on his website has not been of his upcoming opponent, but of Fedor Emelianenko. The Colorado native recently blogged that the Russian heavyweight has not been challenged following the dissolution of PRIDE FC.
“Since Pride has closed its operations, Fedor has not really fought any elite fighters and he is essentially being fed ‘names’ that would not have a high percentage chance of beating him,” Carwin wrote.
Despite having faced Matt Lindland, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski over the past several years, Carwin is convinced that Emelianenko is protecting his legacy rather than facing the toughest opponents.
“They are working hard on protecting his legacy instead of putting the toughest fights in front of him. That is a disservice to him and the legacy he has built.
“His run in Pride was nothing less then epic. A few years a go I would have put him as the clear P4P Best Fighter in the World. I do not think there are many fans or fighters that would dispute that,” he noted.
Carwin stated that top opponents for Fedor can be found in the UFC.
“I do not have any choice in who I face or when I fight. I am asked to go fight and I do it. We did not hold out for a co-promotion or any other ridiculous terms to fight for the UFC title, I was honored to be offered the opportunity.“
Carwin is scheduled to take on Brock Lesnar for the Heavyweight title at UFC 106 on November 21st from the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, NV. The event also features Tito Ortiz’s return to the UFC against UFC Hall Of Famer Mark Coleman.