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Video: Fedor Doesn’t Like Watching MMA and Doesn’t Think He’s the Best Fighter

(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."

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KingAtRock- June 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm
Too bad he didn't flip off the fans and say fuck you to everyone including sponsors and the UFC. Then the fans would love him, also scrub 26 wins from his record so hes 4-1.

ghostboner- June 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm
My bad. I kind of figured you were talking about Chael Sonnen, and the dominant champ part was from the future. But yeah, I see your point.
pinkyslayer- June 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm
i would normally verbally abuse you for being one of those "first" faggots, but i have to give props for that awesome quote from an awesome movie.
Fedor Penn- June 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm
flying gogoplata- June 22, 2010 at 11:39 am
Mike, are you ripping off other articles again?

"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."

You forgot to delete the last part of the Fighters Only article

ccman- June 22, 2010 at 7:17 am
Even fedor has to go back 7 years to find a real fight for fedor
ReX13- June 22, 2010 at 5:17 am
RwilsonR>> Hughes was considered a dick because he was a turbo douche.

fatbellyfrank- June 22, 2010 at 3:03 am
In modern Russia. you not watch MMA. MMA watch you
ytrebil- June 22, 2010 at 1:52 am
"The enemy of my friend is my enemy. The enemy of my enemy is my friend. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy? The Enemy is The Inner Me..."
Almost North- June 22, 2010 at 12:21 am
As opposed to if you said "hairdressing champion" in which case ghostboner was right on the case.
RwilsonR- June 22, 2010 at 12:06 am
I did say "dominant champion", didn't I, ghostboner?

I was actually referring to Carlos Newton, but then I realized that he was Canadian, and nobody really thought he was dominant or a dick. So I thought Matt Hughes might fit the bill.

It really wasn't much of a point, and more of an afterthought. I just saw some similarities between the two.
ghostboner- June 21, 2010 at 11:28 pm
Wait, Koscheck grew up on a farm? Or by "born again farmboy" are you implying that he only adopted being a farmboy later in life after realizing his mistakes in the city and turning over a new leaf?
RwilsonR- June 21, 2010 at 10:48 pm
@ Mike Russell

I know everyone always loves the comment section/forum grammar nazi, since there seems to never be a shortage of them. But while you're nitpicking other people's posts for minor corrections, maybe you should read a little further down in the dictionary for alternate definitions.


a. Law Without legal significance, through having been previously decided or settled.
b. Of no practical importance; irrelevant.

@ jgrant

I totally agree. I think Fedor's management is crazy, and he bears some of the responsibilty for that craziness, but he has always seemed like a good person with a compelling personality that breaks the mold of the standard fighter. He isn't all tatted up. He doesn't party and drink himself silly. He largely keeps to himself and keeps to his humble roots. He trains hard and handles both success and adversity in a fight calmy and intelligently. He unapolagetically reps his country and religion with pride. I think a lot of those reasons are why people originally loved Fedor before all the contract bullshit.

Ironically, another dominant champion from a few years back had a lot of those same qualities, and was considered a dick for it, because he was an all-American Midwestern born-again farmboy and not a Russian small town Orthodox convert.
2DaDeath- June 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm
Someone needs to post a video on youtube crying about how people need to "leave Fedor alone!"
DangadaDang- June 21, 2010 at 9:29 pm
If Fedor retires he can always join the WPT cause noone would ever to be able to read his Pa-Pa-Poker Face
Daddy_Lupo- June 21, 2010 at 8:38 pm
Leave Fedor alone ! The man only wants to draw and paint animals and sing orthodox religious songs.

We will all learn the truth in is biography one day....
LastEmperor- June 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Fedor did MMA out of a need to provide for his family.

He's not some prick trying to show he's a badass.

I'm sure if Sambo paid well he'd never have became an MMA fighter.
ReX13- June 21, 2010 at 7:15 pm
+1 to 2daDeath for Bret Easton Ellis
Jim Harbaugh Scramble- June 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Giant Silva is not a good opponent. Giant Silva fucking sucks and never fought Werdum.

Big difference between Rondo Hatton Bigfoot Silva and Giant Michael Bolton Silva.
ReX13- June 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm
Anybody know if this Fedor guy is any good? I don't think he's had a fight in the UFC...
Mike Russell- June 21, 2010 at 6:55 pm
 moot |mo?t|adjectivesubject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty
k-onda- June 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm
This talk about "the best" is moot, nobody actually knows. But one thing is the truth, Fedor's mentality, preparation, style and intensity is unlike anyone else's. So far this has allowed him to surprise and/or straight-up dominate everyone he's faced. What I'm trying to say is, if he started his own church I'd join, and if he asked us all to eat poisoned ice cream, I'd start with the kids.
imabigfan- June 21, 2010 at 6:18 pm
There is an idea of a Fedor Emelianenko; some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me: only an entity, something illusory. And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.

jgrant- June 21, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Everyone has an opinion on the man and he's very enigmatic, but Fedor seems to be a very likable person outside of the ring/cage and outside of the business. Whenever we get glimpses into his life he seems just like a regular man with a job. Sure, he can be polarizing with some of the business choices he and his team make and like all athletes people have varying opinions on him, but behind the curtain he seems like a good, simple man. I like that. Glad to know there are some time fighters and athletes who don't have their head in the clouds and get retarded tattoos.
Viva Hate- June 21, 2010 at 5:47 pm
Well Fedor and I are finally in agreement, I don't think he is the best fighter in the world either.