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Fedor Says He Will Likely Re-Sign with Strikeforce and That He Has Feelings, Too


("In Stary Oskol, these ARE weights.")

Fedor Emelianenko did a rare fan Q&A session this week on a Russian website championat.ru where he opened up about a lot of interesting topics, including his thoughts on Cain Velasquez, the prospect of universal champions and whether or not he is considering signing with the UFC over Strikeforce.

I apologize for the somewhat shoddy translation in advance. I was pressed for time since the interview was three pages long, and Fedor likes to talk in Russian slang, but the overall messages are there.

Check out the translation after the jump:

Here are Fedor’s thoughts:



 
On Cain Velasquez:
"Velasquez is a very good, interesting fighter who is very versatile. I followed his career and knew that he would bring in big trouble for Brock Lesnar. If Velasquez will continue to progress if he works hard and improves his skills. He is capable of a very long stay as the UFC champion in the heavyweight category.

On how many years of fighting he has left:
"As long I still feel strong, I will competeI do not know yet, but I think the Lord will help me with the correct choice. The fact is that I will continue to come to the gym whether its for fun or for work, no doubt. In any case, I will pass on knowledge to younger generations. I would like to be helpful and teach Freestyle, Greco-Roman wrestling, Sambo and Judo."

On the last time he got into a fight outside of the ring or cage:
"Outside the ring I had to use a little force in the army. And so, in the school fight. On the streets now, do not fight, thank God."

On whether or not he lifts weights:
"I practically do not spend much time lifting weights. I instead use things like the horizontal bar, the parallel bars and push-ups and sit-ups with a light bar. In the offseason, I can shake a little bar, but every time I am convinced that this is a bit too much for me. How many athletes are there that use so many techniques? I can not claim at all which one is best. Some lift weights, others prefer to exercise with rubber bands, and still others with the ropes."

On what kind of movies he likes to watch:
"I love movies without aggression and without violence. Even if the movies and there are such scenes, that they were with the meaning, but stupid is not easy special effects and a bloody mess. I believe that every movie must have meaning to people coming to film show, and could reflect something in himself to change for the better. The film should affect the chord of the soul. For example, I liked our domestic films: "Pop." Also, "The Island" and a foreign film I was impressed with was ‘Hachiko’."

On whether or not if he has a son if he will push him to fight:
"If the Lord, and I will have a son, I would like to see it first became a good man, faithful, loving their homeland. A walk in my footsteps is not necessary."

On what libations he likes to drink:
"Alcohol is almost never drink, so I can not answer this question. Sorry."

On his favorite past time:
"Sport has always been the main occupation of my life."

On whether or not he ever gets upset:
"I am by nature, probably the most calm person. In appearance, perhaps emotions are imperceptible, but I do have them inside of me."

On whether or not he has set a goal of a certain belt he wants to win within a specified period of time before retiring:
"As God wills. I will compete as long as I feel the strength. Not a specific belt no, but rather one task, which is to win."

On where he served in the Army:
"I served in the Army for two years. One year I served at the firehouse. Then our unit was disbanded, and the second year I spent already in the tank division near Nizhny Novgorod."

On his relationship with Russian boxer Alexsander Povetkin:
"Sanya Povetkin – a friend of mine, so I’ll be biased to some degree. We often call up to him, meet, all want to train together, but does not work. I believe that Alexander is one of the best athletes of Russia. During this talk of his titles and regalia. As for the fight with Klitschko, I can say for myself that no contract is not easily given. For each contract, usually hide a multitude of lies, scandals, and other unpleasant situations. If we talk about the chances, they always have. It is clear that Klitschko is now a favorite, he is the champion of the world, but Sanya, I’m sure willing to try to beat both of the brothers."

On whether or not he follows a nutritionist-prescribed diet:
"I have somewhat of an eating plan I follow, but not a diet. If not cutting weight, I eat almost everything. I try, of course, to eat less fried, fatty foods and do not eat cakes, sweets and so on."

On whether or not he likes to travel the world:
"Honestly, I do not like to travel. Always in a hurry to return home to Stary Oskol."

On the qualities he likes in people:
"Everyone should strive to do good. Of the qualities can provide humanity, forgiveness and readiness at any moment to help, the ability to be compassionate, to support at any time. That is how we want them to treat us, so we should treat people."

On whether or not he has relationships with any of his past opponents or fellow fighters:
"We only have relationships in competition. During or after the press conference we talk,  but nothing more. I don’t talk to them or correspond via email."

On whether or not he has ever disliked an opponent:
"In relation to my opponents I do not feel anger and aggression, unless it is a pure fighting spirit, which disappears immediately after the fight. As far as I can remember negative feelings toward an opponent have never before experienced."

On whether or not it pisses him off that his name is mispronounced more often than not:
"I understand that my name is almost unpronounceable to foreigners. For example, in the Japanese language has no letter "L", they say the "R", so it gets a little blurry. American last names are also quite difficult to pronounce — even harder to pronounce their name because they do not use the same letters."

On EA Sports MMA game in comparison to UFC Undisputed:
"Video games I am not fond of. I am honored to be one of the heroes of the game. Unfortunately, I can not talk much about the game since I played it only once and I have never played the UFC game."

On which style of fighting is the best for MMA:
"Each style has certain advantages. I treat every martial art with respect. Each form has such rich history, it is very interesting."

On whether or not he would fight the Klitschko brothers:
"I hope that they will compete with me more than once, but it would depend on if they would agree to fight me under the rules of MMA.  I think that out in the Cage the brothers are unlikely to agree."

On whether or not he thinks CroCop has lost a step since PRIDE:
"I can not speak for the fighter. Mirko is a good fighter who is very experienced. Maybe his career has been on a slight decline."

On why he has spent more time standing in his recent fights than on the mat:
"In a fight, where the action goes depends on the situation. One can not say that I began spending more time fighting standing up. I look at the situation. If there is an opportunity to work on my feet, I take it. If an opportunity arises for me to take the fight to the ground, I wrestle."

On whether or not he thinks a fight with "Bigfoot" Silva is beneath him:
I’m ready to beat any opponent, including Silva. Selection of my opponents is up to the promoters, so it’s best to ask them about why the fight didn’t happen."

On what the experience of making the video game was like:
"A few weeks ago we were at the release, which took place in the U.S.. Game developers specially came to me in Stary Oskol, filmed training videos with my camp, photographed me in various positions which could happen in a fight. As for my virtual battle with Randy Couture, I almost did not train. They showed me the basic button and let me practice for 5 minutes. I quickly got used to the controls and managed to win. But I think I just got lucky."

On whether or not he takes any supplements to maintain his chiseled physique:
 
"No, I don’t take anything like that. I take conventional restorative vitamins, and nothing else."

On fellow countryman Pavel Datsik:

"Honestly, I have not followed the development of these events, so I can not answer you on this."

On whether he wil re-sign with Strikeforce or finally go to the UFC:
"Everything will depend on the outcome of my next fight. I was happy with everything in Strikeforce, so if they will offer to renew the contract, most likely I will."

On whether or not he wants a rematch with Werdum:
"Of course, I would like a rematch with Werdum.My manager is trying to reach an agreement to make the fight happen. I’m under contract with Strikeforce and I have one more fight with them on the deal. I would be happy if this fight I will have against Werdum."

On who his next opponent will be:
Under the contract, I still have one fight, but it does not need to happen this year.  I have no information who will be my next opponent under contract with Strikeforce. Maybe I will fight in Japan in the meantime, but it’s also still a big question mark."

On whether or not he follows his coaches’ gameplans:
"Throughout the battle it is impossible to adhere to the same tactics. Should always be 2 or 3 to fall back on. Mostly I stick to the coaches’ gameplans, worked out for each specific opponent. But I always have a few spare strategies."

On why he doesn’t throw head kicks:
"All depends on the situation when there is an opportunity to strike, beat. But by and large, been kicked in the head – not my strong point."

On whether or not all of the Fedor accounts on messageboards and social network sites are legit:
"No, I do not use social networks. I sometimes go on the Internet. But I have my own official website that I communicate with fans through."

On whether he prefers MMA or Sambo:
"Both are interesting in equal measure. Now, I fully dedicate myself to the MMA. Therefore, today more urgent occupation think mixed martial arts. But along with this, Sambo is always in my heart."

On whether or not he thinks that universal MMA champions are a plausibility in the future:
"Of course, the proposition of a single champion would be an interesting spectacle, but I am afraid, many organizations, including the UFC will never go on this course. MMA is much easier than in professional boxing. Here, there are organizations that have a contract soldiers, who determine the champion of this or that version. Therefore, to negotiate with rival much easier, and if there is a hitch, I immediately found a replacement. With this no problems."

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Septic Tanks- December 8, 2010 at 6:06 am
TOTALITARIAN??? Are you for real? You've never been out of the bubble have you? I doubt you even have a passport?? Much the same as 87% of your citizens,you would know all about your Totalitarianism! And you all think your free,dont make me laugh. The censorship there is amongst the worst world wide,together with N. Korea & the all powerfull Chinese
,the difference is we all see the real picture everywhere else,you see we don't have a "Fox News" to brainwash us,well we can watch but only for comedy. Try google it,or to watch a very educational documentary,is called "The Power of Nightmares" & see how far you get?? That kind of film can be watched anywhere else but there,Why?? Freedom of what? You have shown me to be spot on as regards you,very simple!! You know we can say what we like here because we are really free,we can watch what we want when we want,man we can even smoke a joint without getting put in prison,we all can have travel documents if we choose,its our human right,can you? What is two percent of you poppulation is in jail?? Out for 360 odd million people,you do the math! FREEDOM!! Don't make us laugh. So you think your wonderful capitalism is working? 14 Trillion worth of national dept,your stock market fell to pieces only a year or so ago and fu***d nearly everyone up,at least the Commies could admit they were wrong and it didn't work,can you do that?? I don't need the answer to that. Seriously try find that documentary,you wont get very far. FREEDOM! LMAO
thebloodoftyrants- December 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm
yah I'm pretty sure ur probably the authority on gay. I get that vibe from you... And by the way these immigrants and a couple frenchy fleets stomped that ass.

but nevermind the political bullshit this is an mma blog. and America and the UFC have done more for mma than the rest combined. And all you liberal labor party clowns attack capitalism at ur own detriment. Im a Libertarian so im not a republican but i am a free market capitalist and u can thank us for among many things:

the car, the spark plug, the plane, the tv, the radio, the internet and yah, the success of mma. So while it is true that it is hugely popular all over the world and particularly in asia, most of those arent capitalistic so the leagues dont have the money to pay the truly pinnacle athletes to compete and the commercial power to get it recognized. And does dana white have to much illegitimate power over the ufc yes and a good proof of that is that lesnar ever touched a belt... but while i do think people should sound off about that shit, i think any attempt to marginalize ufc and its athletes that are truly among the best is ignorant to say the least.

p.s. and i am an immigrant along with all Americans and i would much rather be one, then be there with u and i was agreed with by the founders of my republic and the many millions that have immigrated here to get out of all those totalitarian oppressive shit holes over there.
Septic Tanks- December 6, 2010 at 4:02 pm
Very hurtfull "the truth" aint it? Where the f**k would you all be but for us?? Yes thats right,you'd be back here where you all originaly came from you f**king clown,you an immigrent plain and simple. "Simple" thats a good word to discribe you. You agreed with nearly everthing i said and then insult me? Well its not really an insult. I couldn't take you seriously if i tryed. By the way? Do any of you know how gay that word "Douche" sounds? To everyone else that is.
thebloodoftyrants- December 6, 2010 at 3:54 am
Septic overall your a complete idiot and a jealous piece of Euro-trash. The only thing you stated correctly is that lesnar is a clown cuz he is... And actually ur right about a lot of these American fans being dipshits. a lot of these wwe waching rednecks over here act like they know mma and ur right they wanna see wacky personalities and people actin like clowns and more or less choreographed fights. Now let me tell u were ur mistaking. America is were mma is "blossoming" as one of u put it, and ufc is the reason why mma is finally gettin the credit it's deserved for a long time. dana white might b kind of a douche and really just in it for the money but none the less he's given it its mainstream appeal and even got espn to finally recognize it. don't even try to say that pride or any other league even kinda helped cuz they didn't. though i will say i liked pride better over all... my point is that most of the best fighters in mma are in the ufc. excluding fedor an allistar the rest of strikeforce is ufc trickle down. And all i need to prove that is 2 examples.
1. paul daily is not even mediocre and he acted like street trash after having his ass beat by ufcs distant second best... strikeforce is paying that clown to fight.
2. Jake sheilds dropped his belt at strikeforce to go contend in the ufc.

So, see? your criticisms are impotent and hold no water ufc will continue to lock down the market till theres nothing left... and it's because of the bubble its in moron!
Anzus- December 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm
werd seppo, If you assholes honestly believe the future of MMA lies with Dana and the US your fucking kidding yourselves. Asia, South America and Africa are where the future of global sports entertainment lies.
Septic Tanks- December 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm
What the f**k is wrong with all you wan**r's?? REALLY!! You are a bunch of clowns. Why would the greatest of them all go & work for that little scumbag with a girls name who runs ''The UFC'' He's everything thats wrong with MMA today. Because you pricks turn anything you can into a franchise or big business. The capitalist way? ''He'' the little shit with the girls name is in this to line his own pockets,he's not there to promote good fighters,bad fights are bad for his pocket. Fedor is & always will be above that (to quote Joe Rogan)''Fagot''. Dont get me wrong were all here to earn our few quid best we can & a fighter does it with well more honour & sacrifise than most. When was the fagots last fight?? The only people he fights are the people in front of him in the que to the TV camera. If the great man thinks anything like me & being a proud Russian i'd say he's not far off,he would not fight under The UFC banner on f**king principal. The principal being,why the f**k would he help make that fagot any richer? & you shallow minds will say to fight the best BLA!! BLA!! BLA!! You are the very intelligent people who only a month or so ago where saying 'Brock Lesnar would kill him'? He's afraid?? Test yourself against 'The Best'?? What?? A product of the UFC promotion,a hillbilly dancing body builder was the best in the world only a month ago,untill a beast of a Mexican who we knew was comming made a complete fool of what you people were calling the best,its typical of you's. A product of advertising,a product of 'The Fagot'. That not MMA & never will be. Fedor like me & everone else outside that bubble over there,looks across the water & laughs loudly at you all. I'd imagine he'll earn the same money where ever he fights from now on,the fagot needs him to earn more money,not to see him against 'The Best' cause he is the best,in that orginisation there is one guy in this division thats truly brilliant & very well could be the number one. He is another great Mexican fighter & not a hill billy body builder. Fedor is the greatest of them all & has proved it all over the world time & time again,the reason people over there have a problem with him over there is because he doesn't like you's,like everyone else outside the Bubble...
Smitty- December 2, 2010 at 11:30 am
"Fedor is a little bitch cock sucking faggot."
Well, what does that make you??? It's so easy to sit behind your keyboard and make idiotic statements like that. I would love to watch you run into him somewhere on the street, and watch you act like the punk ass you obviously are. Then again, you're the type that would do the same thing if you met Erkel.

MontrealMMA- December 2, 2010 at 9:40 am
Best Fedor interview i've ever read. Asking about Datsik was a bit odd though.
RwilsonR- December 2, 2010 at 8:13 am
@ Dazed - don't apologize, buddy. Even though you did start by calling me an idiot. I want to hear your opinion on it, even if I think it is a bit of starry eyed, kumbaya singing idealism. I get why you like Fedor so much, and I used to be just as entranced by that robotic demeanor as everyone else.

I just don't think the Fedor/UFC talks broke down because of a lack of cultural understanding on Dana White's part. DFW can be an asshole for sure, but Finklechtein and Fedor were the assholes in that situation. And I'll pay Fedor the respect I think he deserves in assuming that he is a grown man who makes adult decisions for himself, instead of saying it isn't his fault because he is just Vadim's little lackey who has confused him, and tricked him into negotiations he can't understand. It is easy for everyone who likes Fedor to simply blame it on his management, but I think Fedor is just as responsible for those negotiations as anyone, because he willingly chose that management, and he is the one letting them make those decisions.

And it isn't just the UFC negotiations... it is that there were decent heavyweights outside the UFC, and still his first fight was against Hong Man Choi. It took years and Arlovski's near irrelevance before he would take that fight, or before he would agree to fight Barnett. Those decisions had nothing to do with Dana White.

Maybe I was in a shitty mood yesterday (as Karma rightly pointed out), and took it out on Fedor, but I'm just tired of hearing this guy say nothing, and still hanging on his every word. He wants to pass knowledge on to future generations, but has no interest on passing on any information to us. That's fine. But I just don't particularly like the guy anymore. And if anything, he is the closed-off xenophobe, not the other way around.

@ Karma - good luck on the kickboxing match!
Fried Taco- December 2, 2010 at 7:52 am
"Alcohol is almost never drink, so I can not answer this question. Sorry."

FYI, in Russia, vodka is akin to water, so they don't consider it a "drink".
ashkenaziTROLL- December 2, 2010 at 6:57 am
god i hate jew trolls
LOKI- December 2, 2010 at 6:50 am
It blows my mind that anyone could in any way dislike Fedor, let alone despise him with such vim and vigor.

Questions they should have asked:
1.Favorite icecream flavor
2.Does Aleks have Hep C
3.Do you think you lost because you went hollywood
4.What does a human soul taste like
5.Would Vadim be willing to fight DW for his contract
Hum Deez Nutz- December 2, 2010 at 5:39 am
Fedor is a little bitch cock sucking faggot.
k-onda- December 2, 2010 at 4:51 am
Who's taking credit for translating this? It's called "google translate," I could've done that...
Anyway, I think it's a shame that Fedor says he's interested in passing along his knowledge to the next generation, yet he never gets out of the motherland and is so reclusive. He should follow the Noguiera way of doing things...
Finally, I'd give him 3 more disappointing MMA fights in his career - I think he's a lot closer to retirement than anybody is letting on.
Greatest ever though!
Dagnut- December 2, 2010 at 12:49 am
But what's his favourite colour?
Gladheateher- December 2, 2010 at 12:23 am
The best fighter Fedor fought beat him in the 1st round.
How did Werdum stack up in the UFC. How did Wedums UFC oppenents stack up against current UFC HW contenders?
Fedor has one more fight remaining on his SF contract.
Werdum has stated hes trying to get a fight vs Ubereem in March 2011. The winner of that bout will more than likely fight Fedor on his last remaining fight for Strikeforce.
.... Fedors going to need more cinder blocks.
ThrashingMad- December 2, 2010 at 12:04 am
Damn, some people here are stupid.

Just saying.
ThrashingMad- December 1, 2010 at 11:58 pm
The reason why Fedor seems like such an enigma to the American public, is that people are ascribing sensationalized characteristics to him that he himself does not contain. On a whole, Fedor is simply a very normal, very religious, very, erm, Russian guy. And I say that without a trace of xenophobia, to force Fedor to conform to our American standard of normality would, rather, be far more so. He leads a calm, pious, simple, but productive life, with a great respect for Eastern Orthodox religion/Traditional Russian culture as his main guidance. No more, no less.
ghostboner- December 1, 2010 at 11:10 pm
@KarmaKitty - Don't be scurred Holmes. Just make sure to have the more bad asser pair of shorts.
KarmaAteMyCat- December 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm
Dazed!!! You are a mother fucking soldier in the potato nation army! Don't APOLOGIZE FOR SHIT! DON'T BE FUCKING SORRY HOMIE!! er.. I go a bit into that.. I think Its time to go chase the cheese at the end of the treadmill.

Side Note: The Event I was fighting at got Canceled so I TOOK a Kick Boxing fight! Yeah buddie! A wrestler trying to kick box. this should be entertaining for the haters. Video to come within ten days!
KarmaAteMyCat- December 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm
I really enjoyed this interview. I do not think he is p4p anything anymore but this was a valuable interview thank you for the post. You guys sure seem hostile tonight. Keep on Keepin on and remember Don't Be Scared Homies!
Loco4LosChe- December 1, 2010 at 10:39 pm
LOL. It is...
MonkeyNuts- December 1, 2010 at 9:45 pm
Is that a camel toe?
Bill Jackson- December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Don't apologize, Dazed. Speak your mind.
DazedNConfused- December 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm
Maybe I'm going too crazy haha, I'm just saying the current UFC model could use a little work. Sometimes when discussions keep going, I go a bit overboard and type papers instead of paragraphs. My bad.
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