My God this Fedor fashion sense. If M-1 possessed the entrepreneurial brain that resides in my skull, they would start an online clothing shop selling all of the legendary Fedor sweaters and polo’s that we have all yearned for in recent years. The shop would feature a smiling Fedor and every time you clicked the checkout button you would get an order confirmation reminding you your purchase was God’s will, thanks for shopping. Many items can already be added to the catalog, such as: the Fedor Sweater of Power, his ice cream eating Sweater of Power, the signature Fedor Gi of Power and of course, the Fedor T-shirt of Power.
For now, Fedor is back in Russia, healed and ready to train again. He provided his first in depth interview since losing to Dan Henderson to a Russian comrade in the news force. If you speak Russian you will learn that he desires to train with Josh Barnett. If you don’t speak Russian, you are 100% SOL. Nah, just kidding, translation below.
Q: Fedor, last weekend was really difficult for you. How is your mood, and most important how are you feeling?
A: Thank you, I feel great. Mood is also good. I`ve already recovered and I am ready to train.
Q: Last three fights ended as a defeat for you. What do you think is the reason for this result, maybe psychological aspects or mistakes during training?
A: I can`t say that we did something work or didn`t managed to do some work. To every fight we were preparing like for the last. And during all these 3 fights I felt that I can win. It seemed like I`m already holding a victory in my hands, but every time it slipped away.
I take it like God`s will. That I have to go through it, through this streak.
Q: Do you feel anger when you enter a ring?
A: No, I never feel anger. I`ve never inflamed myself, like some sportsman do. I think that you have to treat your opponent with big respect. Ignore some speeches, because it`s not only sport, but it`s also a show. Many fighters try to unbalance you with some statements, speeches and disgraceful behavior.
Q: So, you control yourself. You never want no fire back?
A: No, absolutely not. I think that man doesn`t have to exchange for empty rhetoric. And that russian man has to behave with dignity, because first of all we represent our country.
Q: After you last fight with Dan Henderson there is a lot of talk according to judging. What is your opinion on it?
A: It seems referee stopped a fight too early. It seems to me.
But how many times referee`s hesitation leaded to serious consequences. There were serious injuries. I can`t judge the referee. Judging wasn`t prejudiced, so if he made a mistake I don`t think he did it on purpose.
Q: Do you want a rematch.
A: Rematch? I want to fight.
Q: So that means that you are ready to continue fighting?
A: You know, right now I`m thinking about a little bit different things. I have an addition to family. Thank God, to this date the situation stabilized and I can breathe easy. Because there were difficult situation with a health in my family.
Q: How your family supports you? For sure they are very nervous for you.
A: Yes they are. But they support me. They take everything as it is and support me. Nobody despair. Nobody said: “Retire, leave the sport”. Absolutely not. Everybody support me. I don`t read internet, all the trash talk. But people that I meet, they come to me and support me ask me to not leave the sport.
Q: What do you want to do when you`ll finish your sport career?
A: I think for now I will continue competing. I will fight. In the future I think I`ll pass my knowledge to young guys. And will think what I have to do to be helpful to my country and people.
Q: About young guys. Why you prepare with young guys from your club, and not hire or invite sparring partners like many other fighters do?
A: I believe in my guys. I see that they also can win and see their future as best fighters. I don`t think there`s a reason to invite somebody from abroad. There`s a lot of chatter about it, of course, unnecessary. But I don`t want to blame people around my for my failures. This isn`t like it at all. Everybody worked hard for a result and everybody tried to help.
Q: Dana White stated that you are fired. How correct these statement is?
A: This is statement in Dana White`s style. I had no contract with Strikeforce. I have a contract with Showtime. So I think that was just a loud utterance, and you just don`t have to pay attention to it.
Q: So it doesn`t affect your future career?
A: Absolutely. I`m free from Strikeforce, UFC. We made a contract the way to not work directly with these organizations. Because when we worked with Pride, Affliction ran into some troubles that led to unpleasant consequences.
Q: You said you want to fight. Who are you interested in meeting in a ring?
A: I don`t think about who I want to fight already for a long time. Anybody who I haven`t competed against yet. There`s a lot of worthy opponent. Starting with top10 or top20.
Q: And from a stars of past years?
A: Not in a ring, the very interesting person is Igor Vovchanchin, we are friends. And also I would like to train and to chat with Josh Barnett, haven`t seen him for a while.
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