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Training Updates: Fedor Heads to Holland to Train with Ernesto Hoost and Chael Sonnen Adds Some Swagger to the 209 Where He’s Helping Jake Shields Prepare for GSP

(Chael says: ‘A trio of good ol’ boys beat a gaggle of yes men any day.’)

Jake Shields mentioned in an interview he did with Joe Rogan during Saturday’s Ultimate Fight Night 24 broadcast that he was planning on bringing in Chael Sonnen to help him prepare for his April 30 UFC 129 match-up with UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.

According to MiddleEasy, he wasn’t just blowing smoke up our asses as the beleaguered UFC middleweight contender has offically arrived in the 209 with his Team Quest mate Matt Lindland in tow to help Shields prepare for GSP.

Here’s the photo of the unlikely pairing of the fighting Republicans and the Skrap Pack:

In other news, former PRIDE heavyweight champ Fedor Emelianenko has made good on his promise that he would shake up his training by traveling to the Netherlands to prepare for his next bout. “The Last Emperor” is spending the next two weeks at Ernesto Hoost’s Dutch kickboxing gym.

Here is some footage of Fedor training with Mr. Perfect in the land of tulips and wooden shoes.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/

This isn’t Fedor’s first training trip to Holland. Check out this vid of the once-thought invincible Russian training a few years back with Alistair Overeem and Gilbert Yvel at Team Golden Glory.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/Kinera)

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ghostboner- March 30, 2011 at 12:52 pm
@Loki - I saw the wrestling... Did you not also notice that Hendo wasn't himself? He obviously didn't train for that fight and gassed early, plus he had to cut weight and Shields didn't. Remember when everyone thought Kos was gonna wrestle rape GSP? GSP can hold his own with Marquardt and Rashad, I don't think Jake is gonna out muscle hiim, nor out wrestle him, nor out jits him. Maybe out jits him. But a slim maybe since he will have to score a takedown first.
MitchDeCoste- March 30, 2011 at 11:49 am
Overeem looks like Dwayne Wayne.
BigShig- March 30, 2011 at 9:51 am
One of these kids is doing their own thing...209 Homie.
FeelDaRiddum- March 30, 2011 at 8:03 am
how awesome shields is trying to become better at being a blanket...
Dan The Viking- March 30, 2011 at 7:34 am
@FriedTaco hes training for a fight.
LOKI- March 30, 2011 at 7:08 am
Am I the only one who saw Jake Shields wrestle-rape Hendo?!
With Sonnen in tow(awkward)Jake's Jitz pedagree, and GSP's tendancy to tap at the first sign of trouble I dont think it will even be close on the mat.
The other side of the coin is that Georges' striking makes him look like 'Mohamed fucking I'm-hard Bruce Lee' compared to Jake.
Yves Latrine- March 30, 2011 at 6:47 am
Jake Shields' gym is in Berkeley, Cesar Gracie is in Pleasant Hill/Concorde, AKA is in San Jose, and Gilbert Melendez' gym is in San Francisco -- none of which are in the 209. Where was the picture taken? Unless they're at the Diaz family home, it probably wasn't the 209.
Fried Taco- March 30, 2011 at 6:22 am
But what is Fedor training for?
RearNakedSpoon- March 30, 2011 at 6:10 am
This makes me want to see Shields fight Silva.
knucklesamitch- March 30, 2011 at 5:43 am
I don't think Sonnen looks that big, he's just standing with a bunch of dudes who fight in lower weight classes, and he has fought in close to 8mos and I assume his walk around weight is over 200lbs and he cuts to 185.
Sopapo- March 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm
they both can punch but only fedor can kick.
edhedicus- March 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm
Won't matter, unless Shields sits on Fedors shoulders to fight GSP.
RwilsonR- March 29, 2011 at 8:29 pm
If Thiago Alves can't muscle GSP around, Jake Shields won't be able to either.
Sopapo- March 29, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Im just saying, they could have added up in the article so people don't think it's an ACTUAL change in his training. It seems to me he is doing the usual.
BigBalluh- March 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm
Sopapo, the article title says TRAINING UPDATES
Steve W- March 29, 2011 at 7:23 pm
Jake Shields looks enormous. If he can use his size to muscle GSP around, that fight gets really interesting.
Sopapo- March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm
Is this news? hasnt fedor trained with the legend Hoost several times before? I remember reading it before you guys...
RwilsonR- March 29, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Did Chael eat Nick Diaz in that picture?
ghostboner- March 29, 2011 at 6:03 pm
And Jake looks huge as well.
ghostboner- March 29, 2011 at 6:01 pm
This couldn't be more obvious. Jake Shields didn't bring in Chael to help him fight, he brought him in to try to make Jake Shields less boring.
LordCoSaX- March 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm
It kinda looks like Jake and Chael are holding hands. Brings back memories of all the gay-ish Shields photos.
EI Guapo- March 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Man that cowboy hat makes me want to go brokeback mountain on Sonnen
BigBalluh- March 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm
jesus christ sonnen looks like the hulk, imagine his wrestling abilities at this weight O.O
mDino- March 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm
ah, theres allistair at 205.
newdeal- March 29, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Chael looks huge in that pics. Must be feeling extra hypogonaded lately and so taking more frequent supplements. P.S. Nate marquardt has back acne like nobodies business, that guynis juiced up too, he can drop to 170 jut by dropping the steroids