Fedor Emelianenko is considered the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. He’s virtually undefeated in 29 professional fights and is coming off a dominating performence against former UFC champion Tim Sylvia in which he erased all doubts of his greatness.
Emelianenko is set to defends his WAMMA heavyweight title against another former UFC champion when he squares off against Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: “Day of Reckoning”. The event takes place on January 24 in Anaheim, California.
Arlovski has been dominant himself of late; having reeled off five consecutive victories since back to back losses at the hands of Tim Sylvia. Yep… the same Tim Sylvia that Emelianenko destroyed in under a minute. But styles make fights and if you listen to Arlovski’s trainer Freddie Roach tell it, Emelienenko’s in for a world of hurt.
“As far as his stand up game, we’ll kill him,” said Roach. “If we can keep the fight standing up, if he chooses to fight us like a man, we’ll dominate him…He throws one punch after the other. He’s very predictable. He makes the same moves every time. He’s very common. His boxing game is weak. From what I can see, I think Andre’s going to be sharper. I think we’re going to knock him out.”
The undefeated Emelianenko also recently lost a Sambo match. Sambo is a combat sport but much different than MMA. Fedor has stated that he doesn’t train for Sambo and just does it for fun, therefor he was not disappointed with the loss in the slightest. Arlovski thinks differently.
“After his loss in the Sambo tournament, I think he’s messed up a little bit,” Arlovski stated. “He says it’s not important, but c’mon, let’s be serious. He was unbeatable, like, five years, six years in Sambo, and he’s not beatable in MMA. When you lose something, of course it’s [expletive] important. For me, it’s really hard to believe that he doesn’t care about it. Of course he cares. He’s not like 100 percent sure of himself.”
Emelianenko recently sat down with our friend Sam Caplin over at FiveOuncesOfPain to discuss the a variety of issues leading into his highly anticipated match up with Arlovski. Below are some of the highlights of that conversation:
Emelianenko On Arlovski’s Statements Regarding His Sambo Loss:
Maybe Andrei is trying to convince himself that I have been weakened in some way. But it [doesn’t] matter [as] we are not fighting Sambo with Andrei. The only thing I am 100 percent sure about is that I will be 100 percent ready to fight MMA against Andrei. And that is the only thing I care about right now.
Emelianenko On Freddie Roach’s Recent Comments:
The beauty about MMA is that every fighter has his own unique style and preferences. But it’s not a beauty contest. We fight to see which fighter’s approach prevails. But again, we are not boxing and we are not fighting Sambo. We fight MMA. Sometimes it is a trainer’s job to point out weaknesses in his fighter’s opponents. And sometimes it is a trainer’s job to convince his fighter that his opponent has weaknesses. We will see.
Emelianenko On The Possibility Of Fighting In The UFC After Dana White’s Comments:
I do not pay too much attention to what Dana White says in the media. He is trying to sell one thing as good and make you not buy another thing by saying it is bad. I just want to fight the best fighters in the world. I am lucky that the best heavyweight fighters in the world right now are with M-1 Global and Affliction. If the situation is right and there is someone really good in the UFC that will fight me, then I would be fine fighting [for] them. (Laughs) I think if I fought for the UFC, he would try to sell me as the greatest MMA fighter that ever lived.
Emelienenko also talked about the possibility of fighting Brock Lesnar and Anderson Silva as well as his relationship with Randy Couture and Josh Barnett and much more. Click here, to head over to FiveOuncesOfPain.com and check out the rest of this excellent interview.
Fedor Emelianenko: If this was a fight that the fans would want, why not? I also never make predictions on how a fight will turn out.
God willing, it will be nice to fight three times in 2009 and have one more fight New Year’s Eve.