Miguel Torres says Fedor Emelianenko should "man up or get left behind"Posted on February 20, 2011, 11:40 PM by Joey Santosus
"He needs to adjust to the times and start working on being a cerebral fighter (again) and not a showman. He needs to play catch-up in a world he used to dominate. That stings really bad, but you man up or get left behind (...) Russia will always be his home, but he lacks growth. Sometimes loyalty can hold you back. - For more from Miguel Torres on Fedor Emelianenko, visit MMAFighting.com
Miguel Torres is just the latest among many who have offered insight regarding Fedor Emelianenko's second consecutive loss last weekend. However, unlike the majority, Torres (39-3) may be one of very few fighters who can relate. Once considered a pound-for-pound great in his own right, Torres went 37-1 over the course of nearly a decade, during which time he captured and defended the WEC Bantamweight title. However, after suffering back to back losses for the first time in his career, he was forced to make adjustments in his preparation and has since rebounded strong with two straight victories.
While there has been no official word on Emelianenko's next opponent, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has mentioned a possible match-up between "The Last Emperor" and the loser of the quarterfinal bout between Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum, who are set to meet on April 9th. If the fight does, in fact, materialize, it will be interesting to see what, if any, changes the Russian will make to his training camp.