LowKick.com Exclusive: Interview with "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko

Arguably #1 Pound for Pound fighter in the World, Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, took time off his busy schedule to answer on five questions exclusively for LowKick.com Community. Fedor Emelianenko was born on September 28, 1976 in the small town of Rubizhne (Ukraine), and moved to Stariy Oskol (Russia) with his parents and brother at the age of two. Fedor Emelianenko is currently married to Marina (second marriage), and has two children.

WAMMA Heavyweight Champion is currently 31-1-1 in his illustrious Mixed Martial Arts career, defeating some of the toughest opponents in the sport. Fedor’s next fight will be against the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Ace Fabricio Werdum (non-title affair) on June 26th at Strikeforce: Fedor vs Werdum, held at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.


 

In your illustrious career you fought in Japan, Russia, Lithuania and United States. Is there another country you would love to fight in someday?

Every country is special in its own way, but in every country I fought I felt very good and enjoyed the support of the local fans. As for my favorite country, I would love to fight again in Japan.

Alistair Overeem is very proud of his K-1 achievements, claiming that you would not have the same success. What do you think about the idea of competing in K-1?

I never thought about fighting in K-1. I am currently under an active contract with M-1 Global.

It becomes very popular in today’s Mixed Martial Arts to cut weight, competing in multiple divisions. Did you ever consider dropping down a weight class to fight at Light Heavyweight?

No. My current weight is 105kg (231.4 pounds).  That is the exact weight I need to feel most comfortable.

Your next fight is against Fabricio Werdum on June 26th. What alerts you the most about him, and will you have any sort of special preparation for that fight?

Fabricio Werdum is a very strong and experienced opponent. There will not be any kind of special preparations for that fight. I have relatively the same training camp for every opponent.

You’ve recently opened a new Sambo Training Center in Stariy Oskol. What do you think about the development of MMA in the former USSR countries, and if it has a chance to someday catch-up with countries like Brazil and USA?

What we have in Stariy Oskol is a Sports Hall named after Alexander Nevsky. Children are training there not only in Sambo, but also in other sports. We have a lot of talented guys in Russia and the former CIS countries. Right now Mixed Martial Arts is slowly progressing in Russia, but I am sure that one day we will catch-up with USA and Brazil.


For full image gallery of Fedor’s training camp visit MixFight.ru

 



40 Comments

  1. Profile photo of Fyodor

    Fyodor

    June 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Arguably #1 Pound for Pound fighter in the World??? who the hell say it’s Arguably ??

    you guys are like the echo, just repeating what you hear….! he is the f-u-c-king #1 and that’s it!!! period!!!

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    Anton Gurevich

    June 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    First of all, chill. Second – Fedor is ‘arguably’ the best p4p fighter in the world just like Silva, GSP, Rua, Penn… doesn’t matter. There is no such thing as P4P rankings. P4P rankings are based on opinions – that’s why everyone who is a #1 p4p fighter in the world, is ‘arguably’ the #1 p4p fighter in the world. Thanks.

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    Prince

    June 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Its hard to judge who a number one p4p fighter in MMA is, also being a boxing fan its harder to judge it in boxing due to more fighters involved in boxing at a high level, in my opinion, p4p skill wise would be GSP, Fedor and Silva probs in that order, p.s. i am a Fedor fan so dnt get that confused coz i put him second and not first

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    PrideFC

    June 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    GSP got dropped by Serra, Anderson the Dancer tapped twice nobodies. kthnxbye.

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    Jizzle11

    June 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    LOL? I don’t see how that is relevant to the fighters they are today.. . specially GSP

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    grapplure

    June 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    by the way this is really great, i can see anton as the next ariel

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    Daniel Cassidy

    June 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    fantastic interview, great for the site, good job Anton

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    UrHype

    June 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I think it was dana White who said that. Actually he thinks Fedor’s number one is outdated.

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    Joey Santosus

    June 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Whats wrong with you man? He wrote it as to remain unbiased and professional…. Had he said he WAS p4p best, or WASNT p4p best, he would have had people like yourself looking to argue! So he puts it the honest way “arguably” and you STILL try to argue! Get a life.

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    Joey Santosus

    June 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks a ton Anton, LowKick FTW!!

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    NikMegamanHulstein

    June 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    To most people he is the #1 in the world but, I wonder what would happen to his #1 p4p status once he goes up against UFC top competitors

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    TmarlonX

    June 10, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Fedor is the best MMA fighter ever! When you argue that Silva or GSP are better, you can make the argument to look good in favor of any of them. Fedor has the best record & actually no loss (the cut doesnt count)

    You can argue that GSP has strategically being huggin and wrestling his way to safe wins lately and yes he got KTFO by Serra.

    As much as I love watching Silva when he is on, he has cleaned out a seemingly weak division and shown some sorry ass performances, at times to no risk his belt. As much as you can argue for these guys – Fedor is the best fighter until dethroned! end of story

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    japanegro23

    June 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I LOVE ALL THE FEDOR ARGUEMENTS!!! WHEN THERE IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT FEDOR, PEOPLE SAY THE SAME STUFF OVER AND OVER. ITS SOOOO FUNNY!!!! “HE’S THE BEST.” “HE’S THE WORST.” “HE’S FOUGHT EVERYONE.” “HE HASN’T FOUGHT ANYONE.” “HE’S NOT IN THE UFC.” “HE FOUGHT EVERYONE IN PRIDE.” HAHAHAHA!!!! Ok sorry I went crazy for a minute.

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    azzkika

    June 10, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I have never seen GSP do back to arm bar transitions like Fedor, in fact i have never another fighter come close to his technique. GSP is probably the most rounded fighter but in terms of skill I have to say Fedor. He’s knocked out his last 3 opponents who were all top ten and on winning streaks. Cant say that about GSP or Silva. I would defo have GSP as #2 after Fedor though.

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    Rigo

    June 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    i actually agree with you!
    it supose that the pound 4 pound title its given to the guy
    who dominated most his weight division! when theres no doubt at all
    that hes the best in his division and fight and beat the best level competition on his division

    in that case it has to be GSP since no one is even close to him at 170
    and his fighting the best they are , hughes,serra,fitch,bj,thiago,alves

    while Fedor and Silva are not fighting the top 2,3,4 in their divisions
    but considering Fedors undefeated and the weight he gives in every fight i think hes #2 and silva fighting weak competition lately cote,leithes and maia gives him #3 because after all hes yet to be defeat at 185

    agree with me or not its just my opinion
    all i know its that i like to watch them all 3 fight !
    and hopely they fight with all their potential !!
    and make good fights ,after all thats what MMA fans want display of skills that entertain us.

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    Rory Kernaghan

    June 10, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    Nice job Anton!!

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    partyboy

    June 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    seriously good job on the interview, aldoh overeem seemed a little chattier :) haha

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    UndefeatedOfWest

    June 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    To me, his 2nd answer was bs…

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    falcon4917

    June 10, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    You see the people that argue silva are looking at what he is physically capable of like his unrivaled 70% accuracy in strikes and we can all see his stellar abilities in the idea of skillsets. He is a skill king. This however does not make him the best Mixed martial artist if someone like Fedor can put him away just by being altogether tougher. We can see that AS has elite capabilities in terms of skill but we don’t really know what he can take yet. GSP is definetly behind in skill set but he is a natural at wrestling pulling off great feats against wrestling founded opponents. This does not make GSP the best but it makes him the most controling of all I have seen, even more than fedor and up there with AS and his ability to control the fight too. Fedor doesn’t really control he is master at timing his moment and this has given him an unreal record even though when we watch him he doesn’t have the athleticism of GSP or the skillset of AS but he has an uncanny ability to find his moment and capitalize on it. Fedor is the best at winning, Anderson the best at skill set as we have heard many times by the astounded anouncers and crowds and GSP is the most dominant control freak of natural wrestling skills and it has made him rely more on his grappling than his founding as a striker. They all have found their groove. They all need to fight tougher competition as in GSP go to 185 and AS to 205 and Fedor to Overeem and UFC.

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    ColbyOFmississippi

    June 11, 2010 at 2:06 am

    Actually Fedor won his last TWO fights by knockout. He submitted ugly TIM SYLVIA :P. Anderson can beat anyone in 185 or 205. Its not his fault who he fights. If george could fight anderson at 170 he might win due to wrestling, at 185 anderson will win no doubt. (too much reach) Fedor has won TWENTY EIGHT fights in a row. So as far as POUND 4 POUND its kinda abvious until the MUCHNEEDED Brock vs Fedor happens (PLEASE DEAR GOD DANA MAKE THIS FIGHT HAPPEN).

    Everyone will agree with me. ALL arguing is now done :P

    Thanks,
    Mississippi Intelligence

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    tapoutkingzsup

    June 11, 2010 at 2:27 am

    when fedor fights the top fighters in heavyweight then he will be the best p4p,he has fought any top fighter 4 a while now,cuz there are a few fighters that can beat him,but he wont go to the UFC to find out,i think overeem has a good ass chance in beating him,thats way its arguably!!!!

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    tapoutkingzsup

    June 11, 2010 at 2:30 am

    nice post bro,good to see lowkick getting the exclusive interviews,right on….

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    MANOWAR

    June 11, 2010 at 2:34 am

    well said man !

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    ston3pony

    June 11, 2010 at 2:39 am

    Yeah, right on with that Stickin. I don’t believe that Fedor is the p4p #1, but the argument can be made. The objectivity is important, and it’s a show of respect to the person they’re interviewing. It’s a great article.

    I just thinking it’s an outrage that the guy is wasting his time in Strikeforce, when absolutely everybody wants to see him beat up Lesnar and the other HW’s. If he’s the greatest, then let’s see it.

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    mokoko

    June 11, 2010 at 2:52 am

    UFC HW hiding in UFC and not fighting top competition.To be the best you have to beat the best and who is the best Fedor

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    Joey Santosus

    June 11, 2010 at 7:28 am

    HAHAHAHA…….

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    Joey Santosus

    June 11, 2010 at 7:31 am

    You guys have made a mess of this thread just like any other Fedor thread…. Fedorites are the most insecure fans I have EVER seen!! Just stop with it! If u think he is the best then thats great…. If u think he is not, then thats excellent as well! Do u not realize you are repeating the same posts over and over and over on every thread covering Fedor? Fedor makes fun of his fans behind their backs…. I would.

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    Madnessstill

    June 11, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Silva is P4P #1 because he’s the only fighter who’s dominated at more than 2 weightclasses. He’s fought at 163,170, 185 and 205. You can say Fedor is p4p because he fights people bigger than him, but heavyweights are notoriously bad at being well-rounded and not everyone is basic enough to think that size>skill in the world of martial arts.

    Who exactly should silva be fighting in middleweight…?? It’s not like there’s a long list of people he doesn’t want to fight there….shields? Wow.

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    Fyodor

    June 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    compare his record with all the MMA figther…! MORON!

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    TheRealDeal

    June 11, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    Don’t be sorry, you are exactly correct. Every single Fedor article or video on here has the same exact outcome and comments. I’ve started to avoid them entirely. It’s too difficult to truly crown a best P4P fighter as there are too many great fighters and too many variables involved, whether you like Fedor or not. Records, stats, and careers change on a month to month and year to year basis, so how can there be a best P4P fighter?

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    TheRealDeal

    June 11, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    1 more thing…… I bet every one here who trash talks the UFC never misses an event, even though they claim the UFC is this, and the UFC is that……kind of hypocritical….

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    azzkika

    June 12, 2010 at 1:46 am

    true he did submit sylvia after he had knocked him out lol. Apologies for wrong information though, I just remebered sylvia getting hit so hard he crumbled, i’d forgot the sub after.

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    azzkika

    June 12, 2010 at 1:52 am

    The thing that sets Fedor apart from any other fighter is his ability to stay calm and focused when under great duress in a fight. Randleman slams him on head and 30 seconds later he wins. Coleman g n p’s some nasty shots and blink – oops you just missed the greatest arm bar transition from back there has ever been. Arlovski is another great example. He was winning the fight uo to the point throwing good combos putting fedor on the back foot. Arlovski left an opening for a millisecond and bang all over. There is no other fighter that stays as calm as Fedor, though i do have to credit Silva as being close to Fedor for that, but it is in my opinion what defines him as better than any other.

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    ksooner76

    June 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    how can you say that when he hasnt fought any of the top guys in years…….now he is on his way back and hope he does….3yrs ago no dought and in the last couple he is still in the running…..chit he was the best fighter in the world I love to watch him fight but since pride he hasnt been the same…..he has a good fight next, wins it and cant wait to
    see what he does…. but it is what it is … and his management has held him back

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    falcon4917

    June 13, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Yeah he is a cool dude. I will still stand on the skills of AS are better but the moment picking of Fedor are unsurpassed.

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    johnedge

    June 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I wish people wouldn’t ask Fedor the same questions. He will quit doing interviews. Dang if I asked him questions I would ask him direct questions about his upcoming fights. Lord knows if we discuss Lesnar or Carwin we will get shot down by UFC fans. UFC fans are like Kentucky basketball fans. Stupid.
    I just get sick of UFC fans. Do you guys want Fedor? You guys need to be knocking on Dana’s door or tweeting him all the time telling him get it done. We don’t care how it gets done get it done.
    I honestly think the UFC is scared Fedor will win and ruin the UFC image which is crappy btw.
    Funny thing is all the smack Dana talks and Anderson Silva goes and puts on a show and gets blasted by Dana. Remember “Attitude reflects leadership Captain.” If Dana acts like a scumbag so will his fighters. I say get rid of him. UFC is another WWE.

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    johnedge

    June 13, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I wish people wouldn’t ask Fedor the same questions. He will quit doing interviews. Dang if I asked him questions I would ask him direct questions about his upcoming fights. Lord knows if we discuss Lesnar or Carwin we will get shot down by UFC fans. UFC fans are like Kentucky basketball fans. Stupid.
    I just get sick of UFC fans. Do you guys want Fedor? You guys need to be knocking on Dana’s door or tweeting him all the time telling him get it done. We don’t care how it gets done get it done.
    I honestly think the UFC is scared Fedor will win and ruin the UFC image which is crappy btw.
    Funny thing is all the smack Dana talks and Anderson Silva goes and puts on a show and gets blasted by Dana. Remember “Attitude reflects leadership Captain.” If Dana acts like a scumbag so will his fighters. I say get rid of him. UFC is another WWE.

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    ksooner76

    June 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Damn get off his nuts………..
    after this fight coming with Werdum will help his standings but damn
    you cant fight low level guys for a few years and keep the title of p4p
    he keeps turning down top guys but beat Werdum and yeah he is in the mix better than that if he will take the fight with Overeem and win I would say he is back but i understand the guy was a god and being a fan but it is what it is…The guy would fight great fighter and hope he does it again was great to watch……

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    Joey Santosus

    June 15, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Wait now you have a problem with the questions that one of the OWNERS of the website asked Fedor? Lets see ur stupid ass go get an interview with Fedor!! You are sitting on ur ass in front of a computer talking about what the hell you would ask him… Send him another love letter if you want , but I am sure that the only response you will get is a letter from your dad signed Fedor you nerd!! Man you are quickly getting on my nerves. You are disrespectful and ignorant as hell….

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    Joey Santosus

    June 15, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Not to mention…. Looking over the questions again, these are far from the same old questions!! The shit you are talking about are the same ass topics man! Backwards ass moron….

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