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In Spite of M-1′s Earlier Denial, Fedor Admits He is Indeed Considering a Drop to 205

(The pudgy Russian scamp during happier and more certain times.)

When rumors began circulating that Fedor Emelianenko was considering a drop to light heavyweight to face Strikeforce 205-pound kingpin Dan Henderson, representatives from M-1 were quick to quash them.

“At this time it is all rumor with no truth. It’s not anything M-1 has considered at all,” M-1′s head of PR Eric Nicholls told MiddleEasy last month. “Should it be decided that Fedor would consider dropping to 205, M-1 would make an official announcement.”

Well, it looks like Nicholls was just pretending that things were business as usual at M-1 as Fedor has now admitted that he is considering dropping down a weight class.

In an interview with the Dutch website MixFight.NL, “The Last Emperor” says that Strikeforce has not made an offer of a light heavyweight bout, but that hasn’t stopped him from discussing the idea with his management.

“Yes, I have talked about [dropping to 205] with my manager, Vadim Finklestein,but as far as I know there has been no offer made by Strike Force for me to fight as a light heavyweight,” Emelianenko explained. “It was not the size or weight advantage that caused my loss [to Silva]. Its just a fight and anything can happen. The game plan did not work out the way I wanted it to, but the weight was definitely not the reason.”

The Russian fighter also talked about why he decided to continue fighting after he seemed ready to step away from the sport following his loss to Antonio Silva.

“For me it was a moment of disappointment when I lost the fight against Antonio Silva. It was not a moment of weakness, but at that particular time it was the way I felt,” he said. “Back in Russia I talked about it with my management and my spiritual father and my decision now is to continue fighting.”

When asked whom he would like to rematch if given the opportunity, Fedor was quick to reply.

“It Would be Antonio Silva and Fabricio Werdum.”

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SnackDaddy- April 7, 2011 at 7:27 am
Respect for Fedor for being honest about his loss.
Me likey- April 7, 2011 at 4:21 am
@ bootylam
i don't think coming to america had anything to do with it considering he was beat by 2 brazilians.
JoseMonkey- April 7, 2011 at 3:55 am
"When asked whom he would like to rematch..."

The guy has only (really) lost to two opponents. Who did they think he would want to rematch? Arlovski? Sylvia? Come on, son.
Squidjitsu- April 6, 2011 at 10:50 pm
I don't think 235 is the right weight for a new class - but 225 would fit nicely. As an example, I think Cain Velasquez could hit 235 (that would be a lot less of a cut than Rampage or Forrest routinely make) but I think he would have to think long and hard about a cut to 225. Additionally, small heavyweights (Pat Barry, Cro Cop, Fedor, Couture) would suddenly have a whole new rush of prominence and interest, and would actually be fighting guys who are (relatively) the same size. Any weight class system that puts Cro Cop and Lesner in the same class looks silly. I could even see some of the bigger LHW (Rampage and Forrest being the obvious choices, but Jon Jones could easily do it too) moving up as they get older and cuts are harder to make.
ReX13- April 6, 2011 at 7:08 pm
i also support a 235 pound cruiserweight class.
Bootylam- April 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Already been said but here goes: He just can't take the punishment anymore. It's not like he was GREAT, he could just take it, keep coming, and win. Now he really gets hurt but doesn't know what to do about it when he can't keep it up like before. Seems to happen alot when these guys come the good ol' USA. America, baby. Put up or shut the fuck up.
Fried Taco- April 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm
I thought M-1 was a featherweight.
JDubba42047- April 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm
I just wanna see him fight again sooon!
Lesnars_tiny_pecker_says- April 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Charlie Murphy talking all crazy bout me rubbing my feet on Eddie murphy's couch
Like I would just go around doing things just to do em.....
Yea I remember grinding my feet on Eddie Murphy's couch.
My Russian friends, Cocaine IS a hell of a drug
LOKI- April 6, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Thats why its called heavyweight! Cain is like 245 and he is the #1 Heavyweight, right?
John McCarthy tried to institute a different weight class every 10 pounds and that shit sunk like a lead anvil.
One of the main reasons boxing is such crap is because there is a different weight class every 3 pounds! Fuck that train hard, pick a weight, make it, shut up and fight! Helio laughs at you weight class complaints, he laughs from his mountain.
Me likey- April 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm
i agree with the 230/235 weight class. diego sanchez was just bitching about there not being a weight class between 155 and 170. after 205 the next stop is 265? come on, that is crazy.
Harry Nips- April 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm
I'd really like to see a new weight class added at about 230/235. I'm surprised fighters aren't lobbying for it. Not to mention the promoters would have more options for "super fights" with the champ of the new division with the LHW & HW champ.
Waxedpants- April 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm
These M-1 douchebags are ... well.... douchebags.
Ain't I eloquent?
Waxedpants- April 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm

ReX13- April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm
"No, the weight was not a factor in my last loss. After my last loss, i am considering dropping weight so as to face people more my size."
Is that pretty much the gist of it? Just checking.
PERPATRAITOR- April 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Wow he is back! He wants that rematch already! Fedor needs to fight Dan Henderson then fight couture. After that we see what's up!
IsnappedYourarm- April 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm
He is still small at 205 but 185 is probably out of the question at this point. The myth has been busted so who really cares?
LOKI- April 6, 2011 at 12:22 pm
This is like when Skynet became self aware. Whatever weight he fights at next he should bring Father Andre with him so his Znacar style Russian Sorcery can offset any Brazilian witch-doktory that may be radiating from the opposing corner.