Fedor:"2 Losses in a Row is Not a Coincidence"

 

Fedor Emelianenko: Two losses in a row cannot be coincidence ... I do not want to allow a third


Bane_tiny by Jesse Holland



Three strikes and you're out.


Famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will try to pull the chute on his current freefall when he battles Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Dan Henderson in the main event  of "Fedor vs. Henderson" set to go down on July 30, 2011, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.



Emelianenko (31-3) was bounced from the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament earlier this year after the cageside doctor deemed him unfit to answer the bell for round three of his quarterfinal bout against Antonio Silva.



Aside from the shock of his second consecutive loss, it was clear "The Last Emperor" was being manhandled for most of the fight, leaving many fans wondering if what was once considered the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter in history was outdated and overmatched.



Or was his performance a direct result of his failure to evolve as a fighter? The former PRIDE deity talks to SBNation.com about his new approach to the "Hendo" fight:

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"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."



Henderson, also a former PRIDE star, knows a thing or two about being counted out.


After an uninspiring debut saw him fall short against Jake Shields at Strikeforce: "Nashville" back in 2010, "Hollywood" (27-8) redeemed himself by knocking out Renato "Babalu" Sobral in St. Louis later that year.


The win was enough to earn him a title shot against division champion Rafael Cavalcante back on March 5 and "Hendo" made the most of the opportunity by knocking out "Feijao" with an "H-bomb" in the third round.


With Strikeforce suffering from a lack of depth in its 205-pound division, Henderson immediately set his sights on the down-but-not-out Emelianenko, who may be one loss away from permanently hanging up the gloves.


Whaddaya say Maniacs, is Hendo biting off more than he can chew? Or will he send the Russian back behind the iron curtain for good?


How do you see this one unfolding?


 



At least fedor knows he has to do something maybe he changes things Phone Post

Tough fight for both guys.

What a pleasure it is going to be to watch this fight. Phone Post

Remember when crocop changed his training up? Remember when it didnt change a damn thing?

The only difference is Crocop didnt have the luxury of fighting a middleweight after getting his ass handed to him.

Honestly, even back in his prime, when Fedor would fight lighter fighters in RINGS, he seemed to have more trouble with them.

I hate to see one of these guys lose. cannot wait for the fight though!

aka i will train more boxing and no jiu jitsu

 I'll have chills when he makes his cage walk just like every other time.

jjj2121 -  I'll have chills when he makes his cage walk just like every other time.



 me too

Does this "spiritual father" work for m1 in any way? Phone Post

MMALOGIC - Remember when crocop changed his training up? Remember when it didnt change a damn thing?



The only difference is Crocop didnt have the luxury of fighting a middleweight after getting his ass handed to him.


 

Hendo's a light heavyweight, you stupid faggot.

Flexo - Does this "spiritual father" work for m1 in any way? <img src="/images/phone/post_tag.png" alt="Phone Post" border="0" style="vertical-align:middle;"/>


Who is connected to the Russian mafia?

Magic8 - 
MMALOGIC - Remember when crocop changed his training up? Remember when it didnt change a damn thing?

<b>The only difference is Crocop didnt have the luxury of fighting a middleweight after getting his ass handed to him.</b>
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Hendo's a<i> light heavyweight</i>, you stupid faggot.


I am not even the one who called him a middleweight so not sure why I am defending it, but he does fight at both weights a lot. His last two fights were light heavy, but the two previous were middleweight fights, so in his last 4 it has been 2 at each weight, so chill out.

Magic8 - 
MMALOGIC - Remember when crocop changed his training up? Remember when it didnt change a damn thing?

<b>The only difference is Crocop didnt have the luxury of fighting a middleweight after getting his ass handed to him.</b>
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</b> 
Hendo's a<i> light heavyweight</i>, you stupid faggot.


where did most of Hendo's fights take place you cunt rag?

Dont worry this is not the first time Fedor fought a middleweight... it just happens to be at a time right after he's been choked out in 60 seconds and beaten to a pulp... a fuckin pulp like your moma's twat.

 ^ classy

 and by the way...I don't think most of Hendos fights were @ 185. Wasn't the first time he fought @ 185 (183) the Bushido tourney?

JimmersonzGlove -  ^ classy



 i'd say cunty

Magic8 - 
MMALOGIC - Remember when crocop changed his training up? Remember when it didnt change a damn thing?

<b>The only difference is Crocop didnt have the luxury of fighting a middleweight after getting his ass handed to him.</b>
<b>
</b> 
Hendo's a<i> light heavyweight</i>, you stupid faggot.


Actually Hendo has only fought at Light Heavyweight 5 times out of his 35 fights since 1997. He has fought all the way from welterweight to light heavy weight in both pride and the ufc. Holding titles in all of them.

Welterweight in pride was actually Middleweight in UFC weight.

Also Dan has fought at Big Nog twice at heavyweight.