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Video: Fedor Sparring With 22-0 Pro Boxer to Prepare for Henderson

(Video courtesy of YouTube/UliMorse)

Fedor has been taking his training for his last kick at the cat upcoming tilt with Dan Henderson next weekend seriously, enlisting the help of several top-tier training partners like his brother Aleksander and professional boxer Denis Lebedov to prepare for the former PRIDE and current Strikeforce champion.

It’s surprising how well he handles himself against Lebedov, considering he knocked out Roy Jones Jr. two months ago. Sure, RJJ is getting up there in age, but so is Henderson, who will turn 40 in August.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/Smarties1676)

“The Last Emperor” has apparently been taking his cardio and nutrition seriously as well as he appears to have dropped a few pounds judging by this Russian clothing commercial that was released this week.

(Video courtesy of YouTube/mazur289)

Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson takes place on July 30 at the Sears Center Arena in Hoffman States, Illinois. The main card will be broadcast live on Showtime starting at 10:00 pm ET.

Showtime Bouts
Dan Henderson vs. Fedor Emelianenko

Womens Welterweight Championship Bout
Marloes Coenen vs. Miesha Tate
Tim Kennedy vs. Robbie Lawler
Paul Daley vs. Tyron Woodley
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Scott Smith

Preliminary Bouts
JZ Cavalcante vs. Bobby Green
Eduardo Pamplona vs. Tyler Stinson
Julie Kedzie vs. Alexis Davis
Derek Brunson vs. Lumumba Sayers
Bryan Humes vs. Gabriel Salinas-Jones

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fingerssfv- July 24, 2011 at 4:00 am
This is a killer cast. Those fighters aren't bums and they are just as good as the UFC fighters. Now they're fixin' to be in the UFC, with a few exceptions (Daley, Hendo; although he may come back)
joshuan29- July 22, 2011 at 9:05 am
2 things:

Number one, the featured article thing has to go. I'm sick of that shirtless jackass staring at me.

Secondly, I can't find too much wrong with him sparring with a credible pro boxer, Aleksander, plus the muy thai training in Holland. He seems to be actively trying to improve, and he looks to be in good shape. I would say he weighs 210-215 in that commercial. This is alot better than him beating up on the local kids in Stary Oskol like has the last two or three fights. I'm pleased with what he's doing as far as preperation.
dude- July 22, 2011 at 8:48 am
The punches Fedor lands on that boxer on the 2:37 and :50 mark are sweet
manutdfan- July 22, 2011 at 7:33 am
Boxing with a six and a half foot Aleks and a left handed boxer is not good sparring choices.
LukeTheDuke- July 22, 2011 at 5:58 am
Fedor puts his lead right on a 22-1 pro boxer whenever he wants...Hmmmmm. "This is not looking good for Fedor." People need to open up their eyes to how Fedor fights and trains, people think he's like the Juggernaut or something. He should have been knocked out so many times at this point... Research Russian Martial Art (RMA) and you will understand the unconventionality of his foot work, guard, and head movement. GOOGLE IT.
ArmFarmer- July 22, 2011 at 5:34 am
I agree about the "featured article" crap. I don't need to see a topless guy with bad tats every time I open this site.. oh wait... well I don't need to see the same topless guy with bad tats every time...
Sully- July 21, 2011 at 11:28 pm
@ Redping

He's retarded. That's why.
Like a Bas- July 21, 2011 at 10:42 pm
Is that Kostya Tzsyu in Lebedov's corner, or am I just a racist who thinks that all Russians look the same? I don't expect my American brethren to know much about him, but Fat Belly Frank might get a kick out of it. For those that don't know, he is a Russian/Australian boxing legend who hit like a Goddamn freight train.
Get Off Me- July 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm
If ever there would be a double KO, on paper, this fight would be it. Two guys that throw massive lead over hand rights.
I am really looking forward to this fight.
I know there have been double KO's in mma before blah blah...
Redping- July 21, 2011 at 9:34 pm
why is he sparring with a southpaw? he's going to do a bisping and walk into his power hand if he fights in this mode
dwmwtv- July 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm
I want to see the the Featured Articles moved to the side, with the rest of the things of this site that I ignore.
GrandShamrock- July 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm
In the second round Fedor attempts just right power shots, which is, what everyone expects, just like Henderson. He should be a little bit less predictable.
amsterdamheavy- July 21, 2011 at 7:13 pm
Is anyone else DESPISING the new front page layout with this "Featured" stuff at the top?

...'cause I am HATING that shit.

Ben, Mike, whoever - please get rid of that mess. I have to scroll half way down the page to get to the most recent article. Every time I come back to the site, I see the same thing, I much prefer seeing the most recent article FIRST.
joshuan29- July 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Fedor looking pretty lean. Methinks a drop to lightheavy is in the works, whether the Sambo coach says so or not. He looks pretty good sparring here, and Jon Jones is BEGGING to be armbarred (see Matayushenko and Vera fights). I reckon Hendo is in trouble on the 30th. This fight is making my MMA Boner stand on end!
Koeikan- July 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm
I thought he looked decent here, still fast. Lebedov is no joke.

However, he is hopping around a lot and not very efficient and his guard doesn't look good for boxing...and if you look on youtube, Fedor looks gassed and Lebedov starts picking him apart in the next round of sparring.
skeletor- July 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm
the old fedor would have knocked that guy out within a minute! Sparring or not. This is not looking good for Fedor. Sad really, they decline so fast.
El Guapo- July 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Please excuse my French Canadian, but why the fook is Fedor sparring with a southpaw? Anyboody know what that's aboot?
MKO- July 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm
22-1. And only seven real fights.
His loss was bullshit, though.