(Video courtesy YouTube/Strikeforce)
Strikeforce released this pretty generic Q&A video interview with Fedor Emelianenko ahead of his bout with Fabricio Werdum this weekend. Although it sounds like it’s being conducted by Napoleon Dynamite, the interview actually featured some solid answers from "The Last Emperor".
For those of you too lazy to press play, here’s what Fedor had to say:
On whether or not he is a fan of the sport:
"I really like MMA as a sport itself and I like to be in this sport and I like to develop myself, but I don’t like to watch fights."
On how his ground game matches up with Fabricio Werdum’s:
"I cannot say anything right now; we’ll see that during the fight."
On where Werdum’s jiu-jitsu stacks up against other fighters he’s faced:
"Speaking about his ground technique, I think his technique is approximately the same as Nogueira at the time [when I faced him] and Babalu [when I fought him]."
On whether he will be motivated by avenging Werdum’s defeat of his brother:
"There was no revenge during my fight with Cro Cop and there will be no revenge during my fight with Fabricio Werdum Alexander has his own motivations and I have my own motivations."
On Werdum’s fight with Giant Silva:
"It was a very good performance and he had a very strong opponent."
On Werdum’s assertion that he will sub him in the first round:
"What I can say is these are only the plans for the fight. What happens in the ring, nobody knows; only God knows."
On the claim that he’s the best fighter in the world:
"I do not consider myself to be the strongest fighter or be a very special person. I just come out to the ring and I do my job. I do my job and do it as well as I can and I try hard… I understand that there is my great country which I represent which stands behind me,” he said in the video interview, which can be watched here."
On repping Russia:
"There are a lot of people who pray for me and that’s why I want to be the representative of my country and I never think about ratings. I just want people to remember me as the honest person, the person who loves his country, his motherland and who glorifies the Orthodox [Russian Church].”
On his pre-fight rituals:
"Usually I don’t think about the fight. I’m trying to just [prepare] myself mentally and usually I pray before the fight and I think that mental preparation is very important. So, I pray before the fight and then it [seems] that I come to the very beginning of the fight on the top of my physical shape and mental shape."
On whom his favorite and toughest fight was against:
"One of my most favorite fights AND my toughest fights was my first fight with [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira because it was a very difficult fight from a physical viewpoint and a mental viewpoint and I had to do a lot of preparation for it."
On whom he wants to face next:
"First of all I have to perform with Fabricio Werdum."