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Fedor Emelianenko: ‘Two Mistakes In A Row Cannot Be Coincidence’

“I did speak of retiring and it was said in haste. Two mistakes in a row can not be coincidence. I do not want to allow a third, which is why I thought about departing from the sport. But then I discussed the situation with my coaches and spiritual father when I got home. After this I was absolutely sure that it is not the time for retirement and I must continue to fight. Now I’m training and preparing for the next battle with Dan Henderson… I’ve drawn conclusions on what areas of my training need work and what to pay attention to in training and in battle. This time I have trained in Holland, in Russia and again at the training camp in Holland. I work with people who are the best in their disciplines and are focused on preparing me for the battle with Dan Henderson…Training for a fight is never easy regardless of the opponent. I train and prepare for every contest the same so I can compete to the best of my abilities… I am glad that I will soon be fighting and am taking it seriously as I always have. I always like and appreciate the support for the fans; I am very grateful to everyone who supports me. I’ve never considered myself as a legend – just a simple man with heart. I’m looking forward to competing against Dan Henderson.”

— Fedor Emelianenko talking to SB Nation about his upcoming fight against Dan Henderson

While I still wish this fight were taking place at light heavyweight — I’d be a lot more interested if it were — Dan Henderson should still prove to be a tough opponent for Fedor. Fedor won’t have to deal with a world class jiu-jitsu game or a monstrous human being with skills to boot, but he will lose the speed advantage that has helped him dispatch so many opponents.

What I’m curious to see is where Fedor tries take the fight. You know Hendo is going to come out of the gate with his right hand cocked, looking for the big KO, but will Fedor throw down with him? Or will he try to put Hendo on his back where he’s not much of a threat? Well, if history is indication, Fedor won’t hesitate to engage where Hendo is at his best, but with Fedor reevaluating his training and approach, I do wonder if he’ll start fighting a little smarter. Three losses in a row would be devastating to his career, especially against someone who’s not a true heavyweight. That’s a fact Fedor seems to be well aware of.

Image via Esther Lin for Strikeforce/Showtime

  • warriordave927

    i also wish it wouldsve been a fight at 205,hendo just won the belt and it wouldve been cool to see him defend it,i think fedor is at a serious crossroad in his career,he could go to 205 which his camp has said he doesnt want to do,he can stay at heavy weight and get out muscled by the top guys,this is a hypothetical top ten evaluation,lets face it anybody highly ranked will be able to control him except maybe jds who will still have a slight size advantage and in youth and also working on improving his wrestling,cain,brock,carwin,overeem,and bigfoot silva would all have a size advantage and ability to control him in the clinch or against the cage as silva has already shown,so basicly what im saying is that if fedor wants to remain a legit top 10 or even top 5 he needs to gain size to be able to have a fair fight against the big boys and wrestlers or settle for fighting guys that are more his size but arent top 10 or big guys like rogers who cant really wrestle or grapple and give up the speed advantage to fedor,i know fedor fans will disagree with me but anyone who saw his last fight already has the gameplan to beat him control and smother and try and go for the tko by g and p

    • Matt Silliman

      I’m a huge Fedor fan, and I’m actually flying to Chicago to watch the fight. However, I don’t disagree with you. I think Fedor has the skills to beat anyone, but size mixed with talent is too much. I know he has beat big guys in the past, but not big guys who are talented. He needs to drop to the weight class his body is made for.

      The reason I will always like Fedor better than all these newer fighters is because Fedor is in their to fight. Look how he lost to Werdum and look what Overeem did. Fedor always looks for the finish, it like his game plan is to finish the fight. Most people game plan to keep in on the feet or take it to the ground, but Fedor goes out and tries to finish at all times. He is always active on the ground and on the feet. I really like Hendo, but I’m pulling for Fedor on this one.

  • sandman

    Henderson has his hands full, and he needs to be cautious of Fedor’s knockout power….

  • ass

    i think hendo has this one in the bag…hes a bad man so is fedor but hendo is on a roll

  • Naveca22

    Fedor must go to UFC and prove he can beat the guys there. I really would like to see him fighting guys like Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones, etc from the light heavyweight division.

  • ArkansasDad

    I agree if he would just go to the UFC and prove himself against the top rank guys there, then I would give him much more respect. But until then no. It looks like he doesn’t want to lose the best in the world image and I think he knows thats what would happen if he steped into the octagon.

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