God help the heavyweight division and the rest of humanity if Fedor Emelianenko and Shane Carwin got inside a gym and exchanged their secrets on how to render someone unconscious within the first round of a fight. It would be an intellectual monopoly on how to achieve Frate Trane status without the use of energy weapons or alien intervention (don’t you worry, the Frate Trane List is coming back today). On the Strikeforce conference call yesterday, Fedor said that he would like to train with Shane Carwin, but since The Engineer is located in Colorado, he’ll train in the freezing mountains of Russia as an alternative.
“Nothing has changed for me (since the loss). I train just as I’ve trained before. It just so happened that I had made an error in the previous fight so in training I have just worked on trying not to make that same mistake again. For me nothing has changed inside of me and I still have the same beliefs. I just want to train harder for the next fight.
“I’m probably going to train in Russia. I’m more comfortable there and I like to be close to my family. It’s likely I’ll probably stay in Russia. But I wouldn’t mind training somewhere else and with someone like Shane Carwin, who is a good fighter. But most likely I’ll stay in Russia.
“Firstly when I train in the mountains in remote areas I train in the high altitude where it’s very cold — even near freezing. It just makes the entire training process that much more difficult, which I believe is beneficial because if I can get through it then I’ll be that much better for it. Another reason I do it is because nobody bothers me. All I do up there is train, eat and sleep. And all I need to concentrate on is the entire process of my training regimen without any distractions. I believe that’s what allows me to be in maximum shape leading up to a fight.”
Whenever Fedor speaks, it’s as if mountains shift and rivers reverse directions. Yes, Werdum defeated Fedor in the first round at the HP Pavilion in 2010, but it only makes sense that it would take two submissions to defeat The Last Emperor. Even the way Fedor tapped was epic, a movement that no one in the MMA world ever witnessed up until that date. Well, that’s if you consider this video evidence of Alistair Overeem tapping out The Baddest Man on the Planet. [Source]