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'Fighting Fedor' Reality Series a Bad Idea

I believe that Fedor Emelianenko is the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world. But I don't know that for sure, not by any stretch of the imagination, because Emelianenko hasn't fought enough of the other top mixed martial arts fighters to judge his worth with any degree of certainty. And that's why I hate this idea:

That's the commercial for Fighting Fedor, a new reality TV show, obviously modeled after UFC's popular The Ultimate Fighter, in which 16 mixed martial arts fighters will square off in a single-elimination tournament, and the winner will get to be Emelianenko's next opponent.

Fighting Fedor itself might turn out to be a good TV show -- if the production values are solid, if it provides inside looks into the fighters' training regimens and their lives, and if the tournament provides us with good fights, I might watch. But the ultimate result will be a winner who has no shot of beating Emelianenko.

Emelianenko should be lining up fights with legitimate fighters, not with reality TV stars. This is a bad idea.

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