Everyone and their mother has suggested that Fedor Emelianenko needs to switch up his training camp if he wants to continue to compete at the highest levels of mixed martial arts. It seems Fedor agrees, because word is he will likely train in the Netherlands for his next fight. Evgeni Kogan first hinted at the possibility on Twitter, and Fighters Only followed up with more details.
Evgeni Kogan, a Europe-based executive with the Russian outfit, said today the former PRIDE FC champion would likely train in the Netherlands for his next camp, along with bringing in some US training partners.
Kogan revealed the news via Twitter but added some further details in an email to Fighters Only, including the news that Vinny Magalhaes would probably feature in Fedor’s next training camp now that he is signed to M-1.
Bringing in high-level BJJ experts would certainly be a plus considering jiu-jitsu proved to be his undoing in his last two fights, but I’m more curious about who the US training partners might be. Remember there was talk of Shane Carwin making the trip to Russia to train with Fedor. I don’t know if that’s who Kogan was referring to, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt for Fedor to train with a monster like Carwin who’s capable of taking him down, holding him there and pounding on him.
In other Fedor news, ESPN is reporting that the former heavyweight king will compete in a Russian combat sambo event this weekend despite the 90-day medical suspension he received for head strikes from the Silva. It’s unclear though if his participation will get him in any hot water with the NJACB.
Image via Showtime
Update: The NJACB says they’ve been assured Fedor will not compete in the combat sambo tournament.
NJSACB legal counsel Nick Lembo today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Emelianenko’s camp has assured him the heavyweight won’t participate in a national sambo tournament to be held this weekend in St. Petersburg, Russia.
“There was some confusion since it was the first time they were dealing with a commission-issued medical suspension, and the confusion surrounded whether the 90 days stays in effect if he provided a clear CT scan of the head and facial bones,” Lembo said. “He has provided the required CT scan, and that’s under medical review.”
“It’s my understanding that they are going to honor the suspension and he is not going to compete,” Lembo said.
Here’s a recent pic of Fedor. Looks like his eye is healing up quite nicely.