The fight with Mirko CroCop will happen definitely!
-Fedor. Before the fight with Kosaka, and even now we have heard rumors that you were afraid to fight Kosaka. Do you think that there is a chance to fight with him for the third time?
-As soon as Pride offered me to fight Tusoshi Kosaka in Bushido 6 I agreed right away. However, I was not in a good shape. Therefore, it is stupid to say that I was afraid of him. Of course, because of the injury I could not show 100% of what I was trained for but eventually than I will be in a good shape I can give him another chance to beat me. I think the third fight between me and Kosaka will take place somewhere in the future.
-Please tell us more about the last fight.
-As I said before I did not like my performance because of the injury of my finger, I could not train as hard as I usually do.
-Is it truth that even after X-ray examination, the injury of the finger was only detected on the following day after the fight?
-Yes. I am not sure why, but this is how it happened. Right after the fight I felt some kind of discomfort in my finger, so we went to a clinic to do an X-ray. The results came right away. The doctor said that everything is fine, there is no injury but told me to put on a bandage. I did that but that same night I could not sleep because of strong pain in my finger. The following day we went to another hospital after this sedond X-ray we could clearly see the fracture on my finger.
-I know that exactly the same thing happened with your brother Alexander. The fracture was found right after the return from Japan?
-Yes. Alexander did his X-ray in Russia and he has the fracture of the same finger as I do. However, his fractire is in a different place, closer to the hand.
-Why do you think that the Pride doctors did not give the correct diagnostic, are they hiding something?
- We did not go to Prideâs doctors for the first examina. The doctor in the first hospital (is not associated with Pride) did the examination very superficialy. The next day we went to a different hospital. Pride hires all the doctors from this clinic for fighterâs examination
and stitches of the injured fighters. When we did a second
X-rayâs doctor saw the fracture in my finger right away.
-What do you think about Alexanderâs last fight and his current position in Pride?
-I think, is a top 5 HW fighters in the world. You all will see it soon. You can actually see how he has developed as a fighter. The last fight he did what he was trained for. Alexanderâs opponent could not do any damage to him, in fact Morais did not land even one punch on Alexander.
-Do you know who is going to be next Alexanderâs opponent?
-No. We do not know yet. Everything depends on his recovery. For now we can not talk about any future fights. I think, the next time he will be able to step into the ring will be in August.
-How did the president of Pride Sakakibara speak of your and Alexanderâs fights?
-Sakakibara was very satisfied with Alexanderâs fight. My fight with Kosaka he liked but he was not pleased with my injury because now the fight with CroCop, which was setup for June originally, might be cancelled, but it definitely will take place in August at the latest.
-Yes. Your future fight with Mirco is a very popular thread on all popular MMA forums.
- The only thing I can say now is that I am fighting Mirco next for sure. However, I do not know when it will take place. My injury is not giving me a chance to train very efficiently. Everything depends on how fast my doctors will give me a green light to use my hand without fear that it will be damaged again.
-Fedor, in one of the last interviews Antonio Noguera said, that you are not as great a wrestler as you were before. And now after his hard trainings on the ground Noguera knows how to defeat you in the next fight against you. What do you think about that?
-I think that this interview is just an excuse. No one prevented him
from training for the final fight against me. He could be a titleholder
of 2 belts, it was a good motivation I think. No one prevented Mirko
from training harder for GP 2004 so he could meet me there. He lost
to Randleman and lost his chance to fight against me in last year in Finals.
(He was too confident and didn't put much thought in his fighr against
Kevin and got caught.) No one prevented them from training harder for
these fights so they could meet me. It is laughable if they are saying they
could beat me easily now.
-And the last question. What are you plans for the future?
-I will be preparing for the title fight against Mirco, so can be 100% ready for him. We are planning to visit Kislovodsk twice and train there. Also we will be guests in Holland to Iogan Bosa.