In attempts to make sense of Fedor Emelianenko’s stunning string of consecutive losses, most observers point to the lack of evolution in Fedor’s training camps as the culprit. Fedor’s brother, Aleksander, who he recently reunited with to train for Dan Henderson, agrees but it in an interview with (translated via Fighters Only), he took it one step further and blasted Fedor’s coaches for basically being worthless.

“They sat like two amoebas, and did not know what to say. They were asked direct questions and would say, “It is difficult to say… we will see in the fight,” – what kind of a coach says that? Only one who doesn’t understand the sport. I just call them ‘Stopwatch’ and  ‘Towel’. That’s as much use as they are, that’s it,” Aleks snarled.

“[MMA] is constantly improving, but ‘Stopwatch’ and ‘Towel’ have not changed anything in the program – just frozen in time and not been able to develop the base that Fedor already has. Fedor could train himself, he must take on it personally, to rethink many of the training points to learn and develop. Suffer and work!

“We’ll talk with Fedor – whether he wants to change something in his preparation. If he wants to, I will make the effort.”

It certainly seems plausible, but should we take Aleks’ word for it? Not if you ask fellow Russian fighter Sergei Kharitonov. In response to Aleks’ statements, he told (translated via Fighters Only) that Aleks is nothing more than a “drug addicted alcoholic” looking for attention.

“I know that for the present moment Alex doesn’t have neither house nor home. He has spend everything on drink. He doesn’t have a flat, doesn’t have a car. And the only way to make some money for him is to give a scandalous interview and to attract some attention to his person,” he said.

“He is will try anything to get a bout. He even came to Fedor’s camp with the hope that Fedor would help him to organize a fight somewhere. But he is washed-up… He talked trash about Fedor’s trainers. He supposes Fedor will praise him and will take his side. Fedor is not a fool and there is a possibility he will break the relations with Alex.

“He will probably communicate with him occasionally, Alex is his brother, his blood after all, otherwise Fedor would send him to hell.”

“All organizations in the world know about his hepatitis C and nobody wants to have business with him. He has drunk himself into this disease. He is drug addicted alcoholic and criminal. All his disrespectful remarks to the athletes are just bullshit. How can he fight with hepatitis? Nobody gonna take him to any tournament,” Kharitonov says.

I take it they’re not friends.

Whether Aleks is telling the truth or merely exaggerating, something isn’t right with Fedor. What worked for him before clearly isn’t working now. I’m not convinced major changes in his training camp would make any significant improvements in his game this late in his career, but if Fedor wants to continue fighting, it couldn’t hurt to spend a full camp outside Stary Oskol.

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