Fedor Emelianenko: Two mistakes in a row can not be coincidence, I do not want to allow a thirdPosted on June 20, 2011, 04:54 PM by Joey Santosus
"I did speak of retiring and it was said in haste. Two mistakes in a row can not be coincidence. I do not want to allow a third, which is why I thought about departing from the sport. But then I discussed the situation with my coaches and spiritual father when I got home. After this I was absolutely sure that it is not the time for retirement and I must continue to fight. Now I'm training and preparing for the next battle with Dan Henderson."
"I've drawn conclusions on what areas of my training need work and what to pay attention to in training and in battle. This time I have trained in Holland, in Russia and again at the training camp in Holland. I work with people who are the best in their disciplines and are focused on preparing me for the battle with Dan Henderson...Training for a fight is never easy regardless of the opponent. I train and prepare for every contest the same so I can compete to the best of my abilities. - For complete interview by Jonathan Snowden, visit SBNation.com
After suffering a shock submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010, the first legitimate defeat of his professional career, Fedor Emelianenko seemed poised for redemption heading into the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. It was not to be so, however, as he found himself outsized and outmuscled in the quarterfinal round by the six-foot-four Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Though a valiant effort was put forth by the Russian, damaged sustained throughout the first ten-minutes resulted in a doctor stoppage, and consequently, Silva was awarded the victory via TKO.
"The Last Emperor" will now look to right those wrongs as he heads into Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson on July 30th, where he will square off with fellow legend and veteran of the sport, Dan Henderson. "Hendo" will carry the momentum of a two fight win streak into the bout, including a victory over Rafael Cavalcante in his latest outing to capture the Light Heavyweight title.
So what do you think LowKick'ers? Will "The Last Emperor" set the record straight against Dan Henderson? Or will his naysayers re-write history in the face of his defeat?