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08.11.2011

Fedor Emelianenko: I want to continue fighting

In his first interview since July 30th Strikeforce card, MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko shared thoughts about a wide array of topics. Emelianenko discussed the future of his MMA career, Dana White's "you're fired" comments, the critique towards his training partners, and the birth of his third daughter.

In his last fight, Emelianenko was TKO'd by fellow former PRIDE Champion Dan Henderson, in what was his third consecutive defeat in Strikeforce. UFC President Dana White immediately declared that "The Last Emperor" will no longer compete for Strikeforce, by this ending Fedor's unsuccessful 1-3 run in the U.S during 2010-2011.

However, the man who remained undefeated for 10 years is far from hanging up his gloves.

According M-1 Global's official press release, the company is currently looking to organize a fight for thirty-four year old Emelianenko in Russia, as well as in Japan on the traditionall stacked New Year's Eve fight card.

Here's the selected quotes of what "The Last Emperor" had to say to Russia 2 Channel about Dana White, his future, training partners and Herb Dean's early stoppage.

A lot of people are arguing about the stoppage in your last fight with Dan Henderson. Do you think the referee made the right call to stop the fight?
I think the fight was stopped early. But that's my opinion. We all know that the referees are trying to protect fighters from serious injuries. I don't want to judge anyone. The refereeing was fair, and if there was some sort of mistake, I don't think it was intentional.

Would you like to have a rematch with Dan Henderson?
Rematch… I want to fight. But you know, I currently have other things on my mind. I have a new daughter. There were some health issues in my family, but thank God, everything is alright.

What would you like to do after retiring from the sport? Is that something that already crosses your mind?
I would like to continue fighting. But after that, I would definitely share knowledge with younger fighters. And of course, I will try to find myself and be useful for my country.

Some people say that you should "buy" new sparring partners in order to improve as a fighter. What do you think about such statements?
I believe in our guys. I see their future, and believe in their abilities to achieve great things in this sport. That's why I don't want to "buy" anyone. There's a lot of unnecessary talk about my training partners. I don't want to blame anyone for my streak of defeats. Everyone trained hard so I could achieve positive results.

According to Dana White, you were fired from Strikeforce. Is there any truth in this statement?
That's Dana White's style to make comments. I didn't have a contract with Strikeforce. My current contract is with Showtime. So I think people shouldn't pay attention to these "loud" comments. 

I don't have any obligations for UFC or Strikeforce. Our new contract ensures we don't have to work directly with these organizations. We have already experienced certain difficulties while working with PRIDE and Affliction. We are trying to avoid any unpleasant consequences.

posted by  Anton Gurevich

Fedor source: http://lowkick.blitzcorner.com/Strikeforce/Fedor-wants-to-fight-says-people-shouldnt-pay-attention-to-Dana-Whites-comments-13519

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el_maestro  

- 0 + Nov 07 2011, 11:00 AM
Fedor’s brother Aleksander Emelianenko has always been the outspoken one in the family and after watching his sibling lose his third fight in a row on Saturday night, having not lost in the 10 years prior to that, he wasted no time in stating who he thinks is to blame. Aleks is in a better position than most to assess the situation since he himself joined up with Fedor for his latest training camp, the first time the two, who’ve had a rocky relationship in the past, have done so for quite some time. It appears that Emelianenko was less than impressed with what he’s saw and in an interview with Lifesports.ru he blasts the lack of effort shown by Fedor’s main coaches. “They sat like two amoebas, and did not know what to say. They were asked direct questions and would say, “It is difficult to say… we will see in the fight,” – what kind of a coach says that? Only one who doesn’t understand the sport. I just call them ‘Stopwatch’ and ‘Towel’. That’s as much use as they are, that’s it,” Aleks stated angrily. Now Aleks hopes that Fedor seizes the reigns, ditches his coaches and gets his career back on track. “Fedor could train himself, he must take on it personally, to rethink many of the training points to learn and develop. Suffer and work! We’ll talk with Fedor – whether he wants to change something in his preparation. If he wants to, I will make the effort.” It’s highly questionable whether Fedor will actually take heed of Aleks passionate words however. It’s been apparent for some time that the legendary fighters training methods are somewhat antiquated and stale, yet it’s Fedor himself who’s desire to stay close to his family and out of the limelight that has ultimately lead to this situation. At the age of 34, and having frequently admitted that he sees fighting as purely a job to provide for his family, the motivation to really change things up and start a new reign of dominance just doesn’t seem to be there.

el_maestro  

- 0 + Nov 07 2011, 11:00 AM
I totally agree with Aleksander Emelianenko . Its time Fedor changes his routines. Love to see Fedor train with Randy Couture for wrestling & strength training. Mike Tyson as a Boxing Coach. Baukaw Por Pramuk as a Muay Thai Kickboxing coach, Rickson Gracie or Carlos Machado as his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach. I think Fedor would do well to train at Baukaws Por Pramuk Gym in Thailand & really sharpen his Thai Boxing Skills Knees Elbows & Clinch. Also add Front Push Kicks with his boxing skills. Fedor needs to improve on takedown defence and really work hard on his footwork. He must do a lot of roadwork with 50 pound weight vest get hist stamina and explosiveness really sharp. Fedor needs to be able to kick punch knee elbow sweep or take down opponent all in one luid motion strikes punching kicking tackedown attack the body and head at the same time attack different angles be extremely explosive on his takedowns & ground & pound work on his boxing skills with proffesinal boxing coaches Freddy Roach . Fedor really needs to work on his defensive & evasive boxing skils his counter striking kicking & punching his elbows & knees the clinch game. Maybe even train with Bas Rutten. Fedor wil always be the best but he has to change his training regime to win his title again. And yes he may have to leave Russia temporarily to sharpen his skills.

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