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Rashad Evans: Absent Priest Messed Up Fedor’s Mental Preparation Moments Before Silva Bout

Following the conclusion of Saturday night’s main event, Fedor Emelianenko told the New Jersey crowd “something went wrong from the beginning” of his bout with Antonio Silva. No one really knew what he was talking about or even cared to ask because everyone was focused on his retirement comments that immediately followed.

Rashad Evans, however, seems to think he knows what Fedor was referring to. Speaking with Larry Pepe on this week’s edition of Pro MMA Radio, Evans claims Fedor’s priest wasn’t there to give Fedor his pre-fight blessing and as a result, his head wasn’t in the right place when he stepped in the cage with Silva. Via Fight Line:

“I have someone close to the situation who was working with Bigfoot,” said Evans. “They said that Fedor was all upset because his priest didn’t come in. You know, he always has a priest for every one of his fights, and the priest didn’t come in or came in late, and it really messed him up mentally.

“When he came out, he seemed to be showing more emotion than he normally does. Normally he has a straight face, but he looked like he was mad, not like the typical Fedor we see.”

Assuming this is even true, I’m not about to say, “OMG, Fedor totally would have won if he had his priest!” That would be silly, but considering how spiritual Fedor is, I guess it’s not a stretch to think he wasn’t as mentally prepared as he normally is when he stepped in the cage.

I gotta ask though, where in the heck was his priest? These pics from the fan experience prove he made the trip over from Russia, presumably to give Fedor all his pre- and post-fight blessings, so how come he wasn’t present for what I would assume was his most important task of the entire trip? Very odd.

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  • Pride fan

    He was with the ring girls

    • Efrain

      hahaha LOL !

  • Efrain

    but true! very odd and strange!

  • damonmarcus

    Priest was at the Bada-bings!

  • damonmarcus

    Priest was at Bada-bings!

  • Berezansky

    Let the excuses begin again…

  • sandman

    What was his excuse for losing to Werdum???

    • Berezansky

      He doesn’t make excuses. His fans do.

      • D

        im a fedor fan and it seems like his trainers/management are making more excuses for fedor then his fans actually

        • Berezansky

          I’ll accept that.

  • D


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  • HLG

    I respect Fedor…the man that is. He is a humble, soft-spoken, religious family man who has solidified himself as the greatest heavyweight martial artist of his time by dominating the world’s very best.

    It’s a shame that his management company has limited him in recent years, and that those affiliated with him, from his trainers to his more naive fans, grasp for excuses when the man himself makes none.

    As for this specific article, who knows what went on with him, or what series of factors attributed to him not performing to the standard of the legacy he built? What matters is that HE identifies them and remedies them.

    I personally do not believe this is the end of Fedor. Rather, I feel this is a wakeup call for him to do something different with his training, and finish out his career strongly.

    • Steve Barry

      Noticed you started commenting this week. Welcome to the site!

      • HLG

        Thank you! I really enjoy the clean layout of this site.

  • 101110.exe

    I have uncovered where Fedor’s Priest was during the fight, you can see him in the video below from 14:09 to 14:15 in the crowd which goes along with what Rashad Evans was talking about. And at 12:30 Fedor’s translator mentioning things didnt start off well form the very beginning.

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