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INTERVIEW with FEDOR EMELIANENKO
Tony Leone for MMA Sports
Arguably the best MMA Heavyweight fighter
in the world, Fedor Emelianenko prepares to face heavy handed heavyweight
Brett Rogers on November 7th. MMA Sports caught up with Fedor to discuss
his thoughts on Breet Rogers and his prediction on the fight.
TONY: HOW HAVE YOU BEEN FEDOR? The LAST TIME
WE SPOKE YOU JUST FINISHED DESTROYING TIM SYLVIA. HOW HAVE U BEEN?
FEDOR: Everything is alright, thanks.
TONY: LOOKING BACK ON THE ANDRE FIGHT, DID YOU
EXPECT ANDRE TO COME OUT STRONGER THAN HE DID? OR, DID IT SURPRISE YOU
THAT HE CAME OUT STRONG?
FEDOR: I know Andre is a great fighter. He is one of the best athletes,
a very dangerous all-round fighter. I was prepared for a hard-fought
TONY: WOULD YOU LIKE TO FIGHT ANDRE AGAIN? IF
SO, DO EXPECT AN OUTCOME DIFFERENT THAN A FIRST ROUND KO?
FEDOR: First of all, my last fight was against Andre. Secondly, currently
thanks to the cooperation between M-1 Global and Strikeforce there are
enough great challenges for me. There are many great fighters I haven’t
met up with. Finally, I believe Andre needs to gather his thoughts.
He needs to return psychologically and recover from the problems. No
doubt about it. Andre will come back strong.
TONY: HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR UP COMING FIGHT
WITH BRETT ROGERS?
FEDOR: Brett is a serious fighter. He is dangerous with his heavy hands.
I'll prepare diligently.
TONY: WILL YOU DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT IN PREPARING
FEDOR: No. There is no special preparation plan. I’m in the same kind
of camp now as I always am. A lot of attention is being paid to wrestling
TONY: ROGERS LIKES TO COME OUT STRONG AND BANG.
DO YOU FEEL THIS FIGHT IS GOING TO END WITH A “KO” OR A DECISION?
FEDOR: I don’t predict the outcomes. But I prepare for a long and hard-fought
TONY: WHAT IS AFTER THE ROGERS FIGHT? YOU’VE PRETTY
MUCH CONQUERED THE MOUNTAIN FOR YEARS FEDOR. WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOU?
FEDOR: Well, there is always someone else....
TONY: THANK YOU AGAIN FEDOR FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY....
ANY LAST WORDS BEFORE YOU HEAD OUT?
FEDOR: Yes. I'd like to use this opportunity to thank all the people
who always support me, people who respect me and my interests. Thank
you all very much. I am training hard to give you a great fight at the
Strikeforce and M-1 event on November 7, 2009.
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