I'll be backPosted on June 28, 2010, 03:45 PM by Anton Gurevich
I wrote this article after Fedor's defeat against Fabricio Werdum. Thought you guys would like to read some extra material ahead of tonight's fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva.
There's no better subject for summarizing the revolutionary Strikeforce events, than writing about the person who's responsible for this madness - Fedor Emelianenko. The Last Emperor maintained an incredible 28-fight winning streak, beating some of the top opponents in the game. Many people are enjoying arguing about the level of his opponents, but let me tell you this: the most incredible thing about Fedor Emelianenko is that he remained humble, and focused, without letting complacency ruin his game.
Fedor Emelianenko is a special person not only in United States, but in Russia as well. In the age of multi-millionaires, Fedor Emelianenko represents the direct meaning of the popular USSR term "Russian Soul", something that completely ceased to exist in modern Russia. So what is that "Russian soul" everyone is talking about? Russian Soul is a philosophical term that describes the unknown sides of Russian man's mind, which result in a almost radical love for nature, native food, glorification of God and self sacrifical. A man with Russian Soul will always seek for truth, and look for satisfaction of his spiritual needs.
These things are what creates the 'enigma' of Fedor Emelianenko. The Last Emperor's spiritual connection to Christianity helped him to maintain almost inhuman mental condition, which played a massive part in his reign as the #1 Pound for Pound fighter in the World. He is not interested in who he fights. The only thing Fedor is interested in is when he fights, and getting himself prepared for the bout. It doesn't matter if he's fighting Fabricio Werdum or Mickey Mouse - we will always see the same Fedor Emelianenko we've see in Pride a long time ago. While most of the UFC fighters spend their pre-fight preparations talking smack about their opponents, Fedor Emelianenko is not letting anything to disrupt his incredible harmony.
Nothing lasts forever. We can speculate about Fedor being more "commercial" coming to June 26th or his reported involvement in politics that kept him not completely focused... but one thing is true - it was only a question of time until The Last Emperor loses (for real) the first fight in his career. Just like The Last Emperor said himself at the press conference: This loss was a necessary mental shock, that will definitely re-ignite the inner fire inside the Russian MMA machine.
Fedor Emelianenko will now return to Stariy Oskol, with a huge relief off his shoulders. There's no enigma or mystique now. There's just Fedor Emelianenko, who is finally allowed to be called a 'human'. No doubt that Fedor Emelianenko will re-motivate himself, and return in a best possible form. Make no mistake, he will lose again before his retirement, but it will not happen anytime soon. Mentally fit Fedor Emelianenko, with finally something to prove, is the scariest person you can face inside the cage (or ring).
Fedor Emelianenko will be back.
Cover Photo: Esther Lin/Strikeforce