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Video: Fedor Emelianenko Gives His Take on Brett Rogers Matchup

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Fedor Emelianenko doesn’t talk trash about his opponents, and he won’t be starting now. After his autograph session yesterday afternoon, Fedor told Ariel Helwani that he sees Brett Rogers as a great opponent with "very heavy knockout punch." And he doesn’t even get pissed off when Ariel brings up the argument that he signed with Strikeforce to duck the top competition in the UFC: "I do not read all the rumors and gossips which they publish on the Internet, but to tell the truth, the offer of the UFC was really not the worthy one, and if they are able to give us really good offer, we definitely would agree." Finally, Fedor rejects the notion that he has anything to prove against Rogers.

As for the Grim? He’s just enjoying the ride…

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Gobbleston- August 28, 2009 at 11:34 am
At 2:05 in the vid, Frank Mir’s fate was permanently sealed that if he should ever meet Fedor in a fight, he will receive the worst beating of his life.
retro- August 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm
fedor isn't uncomfortable in vegas.....he's fought in front of more people in the pride ring than UFC has ever had at an event...

chances are that UFC wasn't going to let him compete in combat sambo in russia while under contract....despite what internet rumors would have you believe about the supposed "$30 million deal"
Smeewa- August 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm
at 3:45 Fedor clearly says Cojones.

From this we can deduce that when Fedor Emelianenko steps into the ring he is thinking of nothing other than Matt Serra.
Smeewa- August 27, 2009 at 6:13 pm
at 2:06 u can nearly see Fedor smile.
Kellenavalanche- August 27, 2009 at 11:15 am
You would think that there would be at least one post or even a mention that he would be in NYC doing a signing on this site. Bummer fucking Summer.
Chri534.- August 27, 2009 at 11:07 am
@ Soda:

I'm pretty sure she attempted to say "Rogers".
Jay Smith- August 27, 2009 at 10:57 am
Why do I get scared whenever I see Fedor talking???
bleve- August 27, 2009 at 10:06 am
@clutchy hopkins:

I totally agree, besides all the business and "ducking" arguments, one thing that is constantly overlooked is the cultural gap. The guy was born and raised in small, isolated Russian towns. Not a stretch to say he'd be uncomfortable in Vegas.

I think all of us on comment boards forget that some people, including some fighters, just don't get on the internet much.
Titos Head- August 27, 2009 at 9:56 am
@Soda Popinski maybe she said Rogers with a crazy Russian Accent?
Just A Wrestler- August 27, 2009 at 9:27 am
i saw it too! theyre fucking with us. i also read an interview with Barnett in Black Belt magazine this morning about his preparation with Fedor. he said he was focusing on not burning out(by taking steroids). what a cunt.
Agweeok_armbar- August 27, 2009 at 8:44 am
She says Pressure. Which I am not entirely sure makes sense, but it is the word pressure.
gracie_nuthugger- August 27, 2009 at 8:13 am
And why the hell would you use the word catholic exactly?
I fail to see any connection.

You sure youre talking about the right guy?
One Two- August 27, 2009 at 7:58 am
oh and i think she says rogers or maybe a russian word she didn't translate
shitbag- August 27, 2009 at 7:54 am
Why wasn't the UFC offer worthy and what was it missing??

ICECREAM! Lots and lots of icecream...Fedor's one weakness....

No Icrecream in contract, No Fedor.
One Two- August 27, 2009 at 7:53 am
Fuck you Ariel Helwani, Fuck You
ReDx- August 27, 2009 at 7:51 am
WTF was up with the Fedor vs Barnett add at the top of the page.
google- August 27, 2009 at 7:50 am
Maybe its a memorial.
sp00ki kabuki- August 27, 2009 at 7:37 am
not sure if this happened to anyone else or if anyone noticed, but the top of the page has a banner for affliciton trigloy fedor vs. barnet... really weird
HugePenisLarry- August 27, 2009 at 7:32 am
What? I love Mickeys man. It's sooo good. And cheap.
BigCountrysCholesterol- August 27, 2009 at 7:03 am
@ Soda,
Might she be pronouncing "Russia"? I dont know. When translating Fedor, insert either "Russia" "Catholic" or "Respect" for all questionable words, and you will probably be on track.
jimbonics- August 27, 2009 at 7:00 am
"take a look up at the gillette triple blade shock wave replay screen and take us through the action"

Good stuff. Who freaking drinks Mickey's anymore?
Soda Popinski- August 27, 2009 at 6:56 am
@ the 4:24 mark the translator says, "when i step into the cage the only thing im thinking about is ______" does anybody know what she says in that blank spot. i keep watching it over and over and cant make it out.

appreciate in advance the help.

i thought about this too as i was watching the interview. in particular the part where he's asked about ducking opponents. can you imagine ANY other fighters reaction to that question and how contrasted their response would be to fedor's?

good people.
clutchy hopkins- August 27, 2009 at 6:51 am
also, fedor wont get beat by grimm i dont think, but i do think hell get headkicked or something crazy sometime soon hahaah maybe by overeem in his match after rogers. noone rides the train for free this long, even an emperor from russia
clutchy hopkins- August 27, 2009 at 6:48 am
i think if i was fedor i would feel pretty uncomfortable going to the UFC its alot different than the other mma organizations around the world. from our perspective we just wanna see the fights, from his perspective maybe he just finds it lame. harley davidson prep corner sounds pretty strange to me. "take a look up at the gillette triple blade shock wave replay screen and take us through the action"
lek1221- August 27, 2009 at 6:44 am
Are you sure that wasn't BEFORE the autograph session? I saw Ariel disappear with Fedor into a small room as hundreds of fans waited in a hot claustrophobic area to get his autograph. I was cursing Helwani because I had to leave and was hoping to get an autograph. Mothaf......