The MMA world may get the chance to see a joining of forces between two of the most fearsome heavyweight fighters on the planet.
Russian MMA legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko said recently during a Strikeforce conference call that he will likely be keeping to his regular training regimen in Russia to prepare for his upcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix fight against Antonio Silva, but that he “wouldn’t mind training somewhere else and with someone like Shane Carwin, who is a good fighter.”
Upon hearing of Emelianenko’s desire to train with him via a thread on The Underground, the heavyweight slugger posted a reply in which he revealed a shared desire to train with Emelianenko.
“I would be honoured to train with Fedor. After seeing his CBS special I was impressed with the isolation and hardcore and yet raw training I saw,” he wrote. “Fedor has been a good guy to me. After the Lesnar fight he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter. I am going to be travelling for training this time around. I want to take in as much MMA as I can. I hope to make it out to Duke Rufus’s and maybe even a trip to Russia if all things go as planned.”
Carwin has been out of action since losing to then-champion Lesnar at UFC 116 this past July, his stint on the sidelines owed to a back injury which required surgery. He is expected to return to the Octagon this June at UFC 131, though an opponent has not yet been chosen.