As mentioned earlier, Fedor Emelianenko visited Fighthouse Gym in New York City today to hit pads for a few minutes and sign autographs for fans. The open-workout portion of the appearance was very brief: Fedor fired some punches at Fighthouse’s resident Muay Thai pro Brandon Levi, struggled with a bizarre piece of training equipment called a "jump rope," then threw more punches at a heavy bag before deciding to give it a rest and set up shop at a signing table. Video of the action is above.
Before the workout, Emelianenko took questions from the press in attendance. Some highlights, via his interpreter…
On Josh Barnett: "We have good relationship, friendly relationship. I do not ask him any questions about what happened."
On Brock Lesnar: "I’m really very interested in a fight with Brock Lesnar, I would love to meet this fighter, but at the moment we haven’t come to the agreement with the UFC. Maybe next year." [crowd erupts in cheers]
On a superfight against Anderson Silva: "First of all, Anderson Silva is much lighter than me. Second, we cannot have a contract with the UFC. And the third, actually, I don’t think this kind of fight is possible, but he is very interesting and very strong fighter, but for now he’s with the UFC."
Below, Scott Coker explains how the Emelianenko vs. Rogers matchup came together, and shares some insight on the future of Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem.