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Old 09-25-2007, 10:24 PM   #1
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Q: How is your training going, and how did you spend the two month after your visited Saint Petersburg
A: The training is as usual, there is a lot of boxing, a lot of wrestling. Last two month I spent in Staryi Oskol (Fyodor’s hometown), we held a training camp there. Most Red Devil team members were there as well.

Q: Were you able to get some rest?
A: Well, I did not have a vacation or anything like that. I did not travel anywhere. I thought there was a possibility that I will fight in September, but in the middle of the camp Vadim (Fyodor’s manager) told me that there wouldn’t be a fight. I decided to keep training at the same pace; I was helping other team members, in order to prepare them for the upcoming tournaments.

Q: What is the status of your contract? How are you negotiations with UFC going, what are their demands?
A: I think that Vadim is in a better position to answer these questions. As a far as I know, the contract is still being discussed. There are demands that we don’t accept, and there are demands that they don’t like. We are working out a compromise.

Q: Did you see CroCop’s and Nogueira’s debut in the UFC?
A: I saw CroCop’s fight, but not Nogueira’s fight. What can I say… As far as I know, Nogueira won, and Crocop lost… I think that CroCop’s is tired psychologically, and this is the source of his troubles.

Q: Do you want to fight in the UFC, and who would you like to fight there?
A: As far as I know, they give me Randy Couture, so there is talk about a match against this fighter. I respect Randy very much. Of course, to be honest, I would not want to fight him because I really admire this fighter, and we could have become good friends. Oh well, a fight is a fight, and if they put us against each other, I’ll have to fight him, he-he. As far as fighting in the UFC goes, I think I won’t have a lot of problems as far as cage is concerned.

Q: Please tell us about your meeting with President Putin
A: It was a warm atmosphere. Vladimir Vladimirovich (Putin) listened to our plans to build Fyodor Emelianenko’s sports academy in Belgorod. We plan to have various combat sports there: judo, sambo, kickboxing, thai boxing, boxing, etc. He was very interested. As I said it was a very warm and friendly meeting.

Q: Do you plan to visit such countries as Sweden, Netherlands, Germany?
A: Tomorrow I am leaving for Netherlands. I’ll meet with Vadim there and we will meet with various companies regarding various merchandising contracts. I also plan to find time to spend 2-3 weeks in Netherlands improving my kicks. After my birthday I plan to visit with Povetkin (Russian Olympic champ in boxing), and train with him. He offered, and I would like to train with him.

Q: Do you plan to visit Korea?
A: Yes, of course, I would like to visit Korea. I always get a very warm reception there from the Korean fans. I don’t know when exactly it will happen, because my schedule is pretty busy in the near future. I have to give several seminars, then in the beginning of November there’ll be the training camp with the Russian Sambo team to prepare for the Combat Sambo World Championships, then the World Championships, then I have another seminar coming up… Then I will have to get ready to my future (MMA) fights.

Q: Ring vs Cage: what do you think suits you better, and where do you train?
A: During the most recent camp I trained without neither ring nor cage. In general, I train in both. I think that one should simply feel what’s behind you, be it ropes or the cage, and act accordingly. It is possible to avoid contact with the cage altogether if you are moving correctly.

Q: Which organization do you think was more interesting for the spectators?
A: For the spectators I think PRIDE was more interesting as far as the production values and the roster. Now, UFC signed many fighters, and, of course, it has a much better roster. But, as far as show is concerned, PRIDE was better in that regard.

Q: Will you participate in the Combat Sambo World Championships in November?
A: Yes, I will. At least I would really like to. I want to be there, I was selected for the Russian team, and I want to represent Russia. I earned my spot on the team, and I want to represent Russia in the World Championships.

Q: How do you manage to motivate yourself and give 100% everyday during your training?
A: I love what I do, so this is my motivation. Well, of course, I don’t give 100% every single day, there are ups and downs, but in general, I really love it.

Q: Thank you Fyodor. Would you like to say something to your fans?
A: I am really grateful for my fans. Thank you for your support. I am often asked whether “Do you feel our support, that we are holding our fingers crossed for you?”. My answer is “Yes, I do”. I am training hard, and I will try to bring you joy with my victories.
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:45 PM   #2
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damn, why does fedor have to be so cool?
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:52 PM   #3
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Awesome. Him training with Povetkin is money.
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Old 09-26-2007, 06:57 AM   #4
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Very informative. Thanks.

Training his kicks in Holland and his boxing with Povetkin... what more can you ask for.
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:51 AM   #5
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Good interview.Thanks.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:57 AM   #6
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Going back to the earlier discussion of steroids, perhaps he is holding off for so long in order to get his body accustomed to the needs of a drug-tested UFC career.

If so, he's once again displayed better judgment than many other PRIDE fighters--and, after all, his brain is the reason he was able to defeat so many of them in the first place.
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Old 09-26-2007, 12:17 PM   #7
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Going back to the earlier discussion of steroids, perhaps he is holding off for so long in order to get his body accustomed to the needs of a drug-tested UFC career.

If so, he's once again displayed better judgment than many other PRIDE fighters--and, after all, his brain is the reason he was able to defeat so many of them in the first place.
I honostly doubt he took drugs. I don't exclude the possibility but he just doesn't strike me as a person to take drugs. He's too... sweet-loving-dad like .

And it's not exactly HIM who's holding out, it's both sides. Somehow I'm starting to doubt that Fedor even knows wtf is going on with his contract and what the demands are. The Red Devil team is managed by Finkelstein and its more in HIS interested for them to be in UFC than it is in Fedor's. So, Im thinkin that Finky is putting some demands that are in his interests and not Fedors. I say its time to get a new manager for Fedor.

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Old 09-26-2007, 03:25 PM   #8
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damn hopefully he fights soon.
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