Fedor Emelianenko knows a thing or two about competing inside the cage.
The former heavyweight champion was recently asked his thoughts on Saturday’s UFC title fight between Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos at UFC 166. It will be the third meeting between the two, who each hold a win over the other.
“If Velasquez is going to stick to his usual gameplan, he’s going to come out the winner,” said Emelianenko on WHOA! TV. “His biggest advantage is that he can transition, he can switch from one [style] to another. He’s a thinking fighter.”
Emelianenko (32-4) retired in 2012 and has stuck to it, never fighting inside the world-famous Octagon. In the same interview, he placed blame on UFC president Dana White for him never competing in the promotion.
“In my opinion, everything was in Dana White’s hands,” he said. “There were insults coming from Dana all the time. There were many very loud things said, but nothing happened.”