Let me start by saying you are completely wrong. 1) The level of competition is not in question. While Pride did have their odd matchups, I find it terribly asinine to try and demean Cro Cop or Nog. Both guys are obviously way out of their prime, and (same as Fedor), should NEVER be blamed for losing now. Let us not forget how are the guys who were atop of the UFC whole these guys were ruling Pride. (i.e. Hughes (KTFO'd by a LW/FW in BJ), Randy (KTFO'd by a LHW/MW in Machida), Chuck (KTFO'd by... well everyone), Timmy (so bad that even begging he can't get in the shallow division of UFC's HW). So why start those stupid claims against guys like Nog or Cro Cop? 2) Running from competition? Are you crazy? Despite what Dana or the zuffa Zombies say, when fedor signed with StrikeForce, they did have a much better HW division than the UFC. This is a fact. So just the fact Fedor signed with SF instead the over-hyped UFC shows he is willing to fight the best 3) Money over legacy I am sorry, but I disagree with you. As stated above, IMHO there's no discussion on Fedor's legacy. He has proven already what he needed to prove, simple as that. Now it is exactly the time he should think about the "rest of his life" and how he will be able to support himself. We both do not know why he is coming back from retirement. But I do suspect Money is a big part of it. Fedor donated most of his money to his church while he was active. And now that he is not making as much money, I bet he is noticing he should have kept a little more for himself. So I wouldn't fault him for taking money over anything else. Besides, winning or losing now has no effect on his status. If you blame him for losing after his prime, then you are just a hater looking for some excuse to bring him down anyway.