Newly signed Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko conducted an open workout for members of the media yesterday in New York City, where coincidentally enough, it was announced that his first opponent for the promotion would be undefeated heavyweight Brett Rogers. Fedor took some time to talk to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fanhouse about the fight and his thoughts on the claims made by people in the industry that he is ducking top competition.
When asked about his thoughts on taking on Brett Rogers, Fedor noted, “He’s a very strong opponent. He has a really heavy knockout punch.”
Fedor was also asked what he thought about all the talk of him ducking top competition in signing with Strikeforce instead of the UFC.
“I do not read all the rumors and gossip that are on the internet,” he stated. “The offer from the UFC was not the worthy one, but if they are able to give us a good offer, we definitely would agree.”
Later on, Fedor was asked if he felt he had anything left to prove, to which he answered, “Well, don’t think that when I’m in the ring or cage I have to prove something, there are people around me that think I have to prove something, but I don’t think so.”
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for an announcement on a date and venue for the fight.