Ernesto Hoost and Fedor Emelianenko -- Photo via mixfight.ru
Fedor Emelianenko, is coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in his career against Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. The long time top-heavyweight has received some criticism for staying too close to his comfort zone by refusing to train in other places aside from his home country of Russia. Former bantamweight kingpin, Miguel Torres, was in the same situation before, as he felt like the sport was passing him while he got too comfortable at the top. He summed up Fedor's situation:
"(Fedor Emelianenko) is at a crossroads in his life ...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."
"I say yes, (he needs to leave Russia). Russia will always be his home, but he lacks growth. Sometimes loyalty can hold you back."
With those losses behind him, Fedor is now preparing for an upcoming bout sometime this summer, and has decided to head out of Stary Oskol and train abroad for the first time since 2005. He is now in Holland for a two-week training camp, and is currently sharpening his stand up game with a fellow legend, in the four-time K-1 champion, Ernesto Hoost.
A tiny side note though -- Shortly after losing to Antonio Silva, Fedor had planned to compete in a sambo tournament, but the athletic commission did not allow him to do so as he had a 90-day medical suspension from the fight. As M-1 Global confirmed the news to Bloody Elbow, they made sure to add this note:
Please know that Fedor is abiding by his NJSAC suspension until May 12th banning him from head strikes.
Now that we got that tiny caveat out of the way, check out photos and watch footage of Fedor training with "Mr. Perfect" after the jump.