Pashak- Lesnar was able to submit him because Carwin blew his wad. No way Lesnar subs a fresh Carwin. I'd love to see Fedor's chin hold up and I'd love to see Fedor submit him but I think in 2016-7...not sure but I don't think a Fedor gameplan of getting Carwin down is feasible. I'd love to be wrong.If Fedor decides to box with him then it is very possible that he will get KOd. But if he fights smart and takes the fight to the ground he will most likely submit him.
If fucking Lesnar was able to submit him Fedor would obviously do it as well.
Dangerous fight, but a very winnable one for Fedor if he uses the right game plan.
Fedor's power and speed are unfortunately greatly diminished from his prime. In his old age, the big guys are likely too much from him. In his younger days, it didn't matter, he'd blast them and then submit them while they were figuring out what the fuck just hit them. That said, Carwin did look bloated and he never had a good gas tank compared to guys smaller than him. But I don't see how Fedor can take too many shots from him. Fedor would need to use all the speed he has left and avoid the clinch at all costs.Carwin may be very big and hits hard but we have not seen him in action in about 4 years. The "fight" he had with that skateboarder means nothing.
We don't know how hard Carwin has been training, we don't know if his power or speed has got worse during those years, we have to see to figure it out.
Fedor is obviously not the same fighter he was 10 years ago, but at least he has been active. And even though he probably had one of his worst performances ever against Maldonado, we see that he still has speed, power and heart.
I would definitely not count him out against Carwin whose only advantage I see is physical strenght.
The opening round of the tournament was held on Sept. 25 in Saitama. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Valentin Moldavsky, Amir Aliakbari, Jiri Prochazka, Szymon Bzor, and Baruto all won first-round bouts. Filopvic will be matched up with Wanderlei Silva, who had a first-round bye, on the 29th. The remaining competitors will be matched up at a time to be determined.
The quarterfinal fights will be held on the 29th, with the semifinals and finals being contested two nights later, also in Saitama.