Not sure how recent this pic is, but is that Fedor with abs?!

There’s only four weeks to go before Fedor Emelianenko has to step in the cage opposite Antonio Silva in a Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal bout. Fedor told the media today that he’d actually like to train with someone like Shane Carwin, but he’ll probably stay on his Russian playground where he’s free of distractions.

“Nothing has changed for me (since the loss). I train just as I’ve trained before. It just so happened that I had made an error in the previous fight so in training I have just worked on trying not to make that same mistake again. For me nothing has changed inside of me and I still have the same beliefs. I just want to train harder for the next fight.

“I’m probably going to train in Russia. I’m more comfortable there and I like to be close to my family. It’s likely I’ll probably stay in Russia. But I wouldn’t mind training somewhere else and with someone like Shane Carwin, who is a good fighter. But most likely I’ll stay in Russia.

“Firstly when I train in the mountains in remote areas I train in the high altitude where it’s very cold — even near freezing. It just makes the entire training process that much more difficult, which I believe is beneficial because if I can get through it then I’ll be that much better for it. Another reason I do it is because nobody bothers me. All I do up there is train, eat and sleep. And all I need to concentrate on is the entire process of my training regimen without any distractions. I believe that’s what allows me to be in maximum shape leading up to a fight.”

Fedor may have let on like its business as usual in his Russian training camp, but according to Vadim Finkelstein, he’s actually mixing it up for Antonio Silva. From via Steve Rattlesnake & The Garv:

In a couple of days, Gegard Mousasi and well-known coaches from Ernesto Hoost’s team will arrive in Russia. They will meet with Fedor and join his training process.  This is intended to help diversify the preparatory process for Fedor. For a long time he worked with the same coaches and sparring partners. This will open up new skills for training, adapt from the representatives’ styles and use it in his personal technique. Also on that team that will prepare Fedor, is a fighter weighing 122 kg, the same weight as of that Bigfoot Silva’s.

There’s an old saying: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. That seemed to be Fedor’s training philosophy for years and who could blame him. He never lost, so why change what worked. But now that he has lost, it wouldn’t hurt for an old dog to learn a few more tricks, especially ones that help him escape artery crushing triangles.