According to our current poll, about 75% of you think Fedor Emelianenko is going to beat Andrei Arlovski during their "Day of Reckoning" main event fight on January 24th. (Also, more of you think the fight will end with a no contest due to accidental cut than a submission win for Arlovski.) That pretty much reflects the general vibe of the latest Affliction promo clip, which focuses on the matchup between the Last Emperor and the Pitbull. While Arlovski certainly has a legitimate chance at winning, few people expect a loss for the Michael Jordan/Tiger Woods of MMA, who is either "unhuman" or "just a human," depending on who you ask. It’s too bad that Affliction doesn’t have access to the PRIDE and UFC video libraries, because the only visual evidence of Fedor’s dominance in the clip is his laughable walk-throughs against Tim Sylvia and Hong Man Choi, and when Arlovski’s past setbacks are mentioned, we don’t see any of the abuse he took at the hands of Timmy. Ah well — they can’t all be $1.7 million productions.
Related: DreamFighters recently put up a great training profile/interview with Fedor. Here’s an excerpt:
Fedor does not have a cook or a specific diet, but sticks to eating three meals a day. While he strives to eat healthily, he does not go out of his way to limit himself. Mostly, Fedor’s diet consists of meat, fish, vegetables and fruits. He also takes in as much liquid as he can, such as fresh juices and herbal teas. Fedor tries to stay away from soda, french fries and candy—some of his favorites when not training. He also refrains from drinking alcohol when he is training.
“We do not talk on a regular basis. It is just that he had seen one of my fights on TV and took an interest. Vladimir Putin has always been very kind to me and I have always appreciated his interest in my career and the sport of MMA. We have in common our love for Sambo, the National sport in Russia as well as MMA. Vladimir Putin is a black belt in Judo and a master in Sambo. I have promised him that I would always participate in Sambo if I was able to, so that I could be a role model for young people in Russia and continue the rich tradition of the sport."
“Japan and the United States and any place that has scary roller coasters.