Fedor Emelianenko Interested in Training with Shane Carwin
Just because Fedor Emelianenko isnâ€™t interested in competing inside of an Octagon, it hasnâ€™t deterred the Russian from keeping a watchful eye on his stateside counterparts. While many have argued his primitive training methods wonâ€™t stack up with whatâ€™s currently going on in rival camps, Emelianenko prefers the comforts of home.
However, it appears the secretive heavyweight is open to allowing a certain outsider to enter his inner circle.
â€śFirstly, when I train in the mountains in remote areas I train in the high altitude where itâ€™s very cold â€“ even near freezing,â€ť Fedor said during Thursdayâ€™s conference call. â€śIt just makes the entire training process that much more difficult, which I believe is beneficial because if I can get through it then Iâ€™ll be that much better for it.
â€śAnother reason I do it is because nobody bothers me. All I do up there is train, eat and sleep. And all I need to concentrate on is the entire process of my training regimen without any distractions. I believe thatâ€™s what allows me to be in maximum shape leading up to a fight.â€ť
While this formula has worked flawlessly throughout most of his illustrious career, the 34â€“year-old will be looking to bounce back from his first loss in nearly a decade, which has many believing change is long overdue.
If thatâ€™s the case, Emelianenko is open to exchanging with some new sparring partners. The worldâ€™s former/current top 265-pounder has a prior UFC interim champion sitting atop his wish list.
â€śIâ€™m probably going to train in Russia [for the Grand Prix]. Iâ€™m more comfortable there and I like to be close to my family. Itâ€™s likely Iâ€™ll probably stay in Russia,â€ť Emelianenko said. â€śBut I wouldnâ€™t mind training somewhere else and with someone like Shane Carwin, who is a good fighter.â€ť
Antonio Silva welcomes Fedor back to the cage in the opening round of Strikeforceâ€™s tournament. If â€śThe Last Emperorâ€ť is able to advance past â€śBigfootâ€ť in February, that might be the perfect time to recruit Carwinâ€™s services.
If champion Alistair Overeem can survive his quarterfinals matchup against upset specialist Fabricio Werdum, the showdown to end all showdowns will finally be arranged. What better way to prepare for a massive slugger than by training with â€¦ a massive slugger?
Although Carwin has plenty of horses to practice with, itâ€™s likely heâ€™d welcome Emelianeko in with open arms as heâ€™s preparing for his comeback fight at UFC 131 in June. The timing would work out perfectly for both studs should Fedor advance to the semifinals of the Grand Prix.