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Freddie Roach Explains How to Beat Fedor


("Step 1: Kiss a picture of Manny Pacquiao every night before you go to bed." Photo courtesy of ESPN.)

From a new MMA Weekly interview with Andrei Arlovski‘s famed boxing coach, Freddie Roach:

“As far as his stand up game, we’ll kill him. If we can keep the fight standing up, if [Fedor Emelianenko] chooses to fight us like a man, we’ll dominate him…Just be smart with it. Use your angles when they’re necessary, but after you land a combination, because after you land a combination with Fedor, he’s going to throw back. That’s his instinct. He throws one punch after the other. He’s very predictable. He makes the same moves every time. He’s very common. His boxing game is weak…I think we’re going to knock him out.”

Hear that, Tim Sylvia? Angles. If you think that Freddie’s "fight us like a man" line implies a lack of appreciation for MMA and its more subtle ground elements, you’d be correct. As he explains, “I think it’s boring. I saw one fight where the guy just laid on the other guy the whole fight and he won.” But Roach understands that Arlovski’s opponent could wind up scoring a victory on the canvas:

“He looks pretty effective on the ground from what I can see. He’s really good at the armbar, I guess it’s called. How he gets those guys in the position for an armbar is pretty clever.”

It must be nice to live in a world where you never have to worry about the armbar (I guess it’s called). But I don’t live in that world, and you don’t live in that world, and Andrei Arlovski sure as hell doesn’t live in that world. Can sharp boxing be enough to stave off Fedor’s Hydra-like attack? We’ll find out on the 24th, but my money’s still on the chubby guy.

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Anonymous- January 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm
seems a little weird that they would hype AA's boxing so much so publicly. If his boxing was really so much better than Fedor's striking, it might have been smarter to keep it low key and it would at the very least have a psychological shock value when they exchange for the first time (although I doubt any mind tricks work on Fedor...). Now with every talk regarding AA going on about his boxing skills, its hard to imagine someone like Fedor, who meticulously studies his opponents, to not be ready for it with a simple takedown and some GnP. Also, the "Andre 360" series should really have left out the "entourage" segment. Training with world famous so and so, having his favourite omlette prepared by his personal chef, custom made medallion by his personal jewller, custom made fang mouth piece by yada yada etc... compared to a humble down to earth champion working out in a worn and rusted out gym who drives a toyota.
Anonymous- January 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm
Bunch of little teenager, zit head queers. STFU! you have no idea what you are talking about. Blowing shit up like this. He doesn't have down syndrome, he has parkinsons disease, he doesnt know the mma game that well, but he also trains Anderson Silva, and also trained BJ Penn, imagine that? now go tell mommy I cursed on this website so they can remove my post from here.....hurry run along little punk high school kids.
vince- January 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm
Actually he has boxing-related Parkinson's....and I agree, he is among the best boxing trainers ever and can help Arlovski, or any MMA fighter, with his stand-up
to freddy you can suck my balls- January 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm
he does have slight down syndrome, you asshole. he just dealt with it and became the best boxing trainer there is today. asshole
MMA Wannabe- January 7, 2009 at 5:31 pm
@Xamot

Arlovski is going to use a "please don't hurt me" stance.
Xamot- January 7, 2009 at 3:40 pm
So... due to this guy is Arlovski going to have a standard boxing stance or a more squared MMA stance when he fight's Fedor?
jeff- January 7, 2009 at 1:00 pm
freddie roach is goof....arlovski will be dominated by fedor.not even in the same league!!!
Blaphtome- January 7, 2009 at 11:42 am
Ask your mom.
cr_trinity- January 7, 2009 at 10:18 am
Are any of those who have replied to this post over the age of eighteen?
High Left Kick- January 7, 2009 at 10:08 am
"it's like Eddie Van Halen talking about singing."

- haha pretty much says it all.
Anonymous- January 7, 2009 at 7:30 am
I see Arlovski trying to play it smart at first and backing up and trying to choose his shots.

Key word there is "trying"
lilpo0ts- January 7, 2009 at 6:41 am
i agree with blaphtome, fedor striking style is very very technical. before i was into the ground work aspect of MMA i was strictly the "good striker with take down defense rules all " type of guy. i have never seen anything like fedor. his hopping left hook is like GSP's spinning back kick. he can miss it, he can land it, but you have to cover up or be out of reach for it to not to do some damage. i feel that it forces guys into "please dont hit me in the face" mode. and if they dont, they end up like sylvia very fast.

pitbull has awesome footwork great strike defense, but its kind of a double edge sword. he plays his angles stays in the pocket he has a chance for some good over hand left counters. he stays out of the pocket he cant really strike effectively. by effectively i mean laying on the damage, he isnt gonna pull a petrulli. inside the pocket he needs to worry about the clinch which is gonna get him pwnt by way of dirtyboxing and trips.

all in all i think if pitbull stays outside, cuts angles and only lingers inside when he absolutley needs to it will be a good fight
Jay- January 7, 2009 at 5:39 am
You want to see optimism? Freddie Roach has a double bed......now THAT is optimism.
Anonymous- January 7, 2009 at 3:58 am
Fedors not chubby, god gave him a few extra pounds of awesomeness, that's all.
andre's chest hair- January 7, 2009 at 1:33 am
get fedor the fuck off of me
jdavis- January 6, 2009 at 9:44 pm
Freddie Roach's plan to beat Fedor

1. Use boxing to keep him from punching you in the face really hard.

2. Don't let him get you into one of those armbar thingys.

3. Throw salt in his eyes when the ref isn't looking like that big guy in Bloodsport did.

4. Tell fighter to ditch MMA and take up boxing.

Blaphtome- January 6, 2009 at 9:38 pm
What Freddie is talking like he doesn't know, is that Fedor is one of the most technically superior strikers in the sport. I hear all the so called striking experts always talking shit about his striking technique, and it gets real old after having watched the man school good strikers time and time again. The problem is ignorance to the technique he uses. The system he uses involves a number of strikes not found in boxing or most other striking disciplines. What these guys refuse to acknowledge is that all that cute shit that works with pillows on their hands, is not necessarily the most effective for MMA. And while boxing obviously has its place in the sport, too heavy a focus on it will hurt you(something Rampage found out the night he lost his strap). While there is always a punchers chance, I think AA is going to find out the hard way that you shouldn't let a checker player prepare you for chess. Fedor puts AA on his back with the power left hook in R1 or 2, and only one of two things can happen after that. That is all.
AussieJosh- January 6, 2009 at 9:06 pm
Hell yes!!! Im putting $20 on the chubby guy! If Fador wins i might nearly double my money!!! :)
MMA Wannabe- January 6, 2009 at 8:52 pm
After all the upsets I've seen in the past few months, I'm gonna haul off and say Arlovski wins it.

After all, Noguiera hadn't been knocked out.
Faber looked like one of the best fighters in the world.
So did Forrest.
Wandy had never lost to Rampage.

Shit... Fedor is screwed! =P
pacman rocks.!- January 6, 2009 at 8:28 pm
i wanna see manny vs fedor to decide who is the p4p fighter..!
roflmaocopter..!
Anonymous- January 6, 2009 at 7:42 pm
I think Arlovski has speed, but not heart nor a chin. Two things you will need plenty of in a fight with Fedor.
Hacksaw- January 6, 2009 at 7:40 pm
Arlovski almost lost to Roy fucking "big country" Nelson and his "superior striking" only won the fight for him when fatty's arteries clogged up and he gassed out....Fedor will destroy Arlovski.
seancron- January 6, 2009 at 7:37 pm
Fedor ko via unorthadox side fist punch that puts Arv in a coma like state.
johnnycobrakai- January 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm
old, bald and irish i think wins on the comment. it seems theres alot of talk on arlovski's boxing skills. dont you think thats probably been fedor and his trainers number one thought preparing for this fight? i 2nd old bald and irish again on the idea that arlovski should probably scrap whatever he might have learned when it comes to boxing and put all effort in to not getting taking down. which, i feel anybody could work on for a year straight and it probably still wont matter against fedor. i like arlovski and all, but i think in this fight he's predictable. and one thing that ive always thought arlovski lacked was speed which i think we all know fedor has plenty of.

2 1/2 weeks and we'll see what happens.
fedor a million ankles- January 6, 2009 at 6:57 pm
Fedor will throw his ass down and pound him until Arlovski makes a mistake and Fedor submits him.
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