Trainer Claims Fedor Emelianenko Was Hypnotized by Big Foot Silva’s Team

Fedor Emelianenko has widely been considered one of the best MMA fighters in the world, and one of the best of all time.  As you know, he lost to Antonio Big Foot Silva at Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix on Saturday — his second straight loss.  When a fighter with Fedor’s reputation loses two straight matches after previously having gone undefeated, people start to wonder.

Silva completely dominated Fedor on Saturday, swelling his eye shut so badly that the doctor stepped in and stopped the fight.  Given the level of respect Fedor has earned in the MMA world, many people were shocked and searching for answers to explain the defeat.  Emelianenko’s trainer, Vladimir Voronov, offered a perfectly reasonable example for the loss on Wednesday — Fedor was hypnotized.

According to a translation by Camel Clutch which has been validated by LBS colleague Diana Klochkova (who writes at “WTF? Panama” check her out here) and Google translator, Voronov told a Russian website that “forbidden psychological technologies,” or hypnosis, were used by Silva’s team and as a result Emelianenko wasn’t himself.  Now, we’ve heard it all.  It’s one thing to make up bogus excuses about losing a fight that have to do with a lack of effort, training, or focus, but pulling the voodoo card?  That borders on insanity.


After the loss, Fedor said he was contemplating requirement.  Is he really thinking about calling it quits, or was he still under the trance?  Someone should catch up with Voronov and ask him how long it took for the hypnosis to wear off so we can get a better idea.

Fedor Emelianenko Eye Pictures – Swollen Shut After Big Foot Beatdown

MMA heavyweight superstar Fedor Emelianenko surprisingly lost in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix on Saturday night. Antonio Big Foot Silva used his height, weight, and overall size advantage to push Fedor around, especially in the second round. After Silva got on top of the Russian, he went to town raining down blows on Emelianenko’s head. The end product was this damage to Fedor’s right eye that ended up swollen shut:


Even with the shut eye I’m still surprised the fight was stopped. Fedor’s eye had shut during the second round yet he still fought Silva off and was even trying to crank his foot for a submission at the very end of it. The ringside doctor played it safely and called a stop to the fight, leaving Fedor’s future in doubt. It also leaves us with this pressing question: which was in worse shape, Fedor’s eye, or Antonio Margarito’s eye after the Pacquiao fight?

Fedor-Silva Fight Video – Doctor Should Not Have Stopped the Fight

Saturday’s Strikeforce card on Showtime was fantastic, starting with the prelims and extending to the main event. The headliner fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Big Foot Silva provided all the excitement one could have asked for, and it delivered as big of an upset as you’ll see in March Madness. The only difference is that with the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix eight-man tournament, the upset came a month early.

Here are highlights of the fight:

Look, I’ll say this straight up: I’m a big Fedor fan and think the world of the man. He is my guy. Obviously I hated to see him go out like that and I was even more crushed when he talked retirement after the loss. But I still believe that the doctor stopped the fight too early. Was Fedor hurt? Definitely. Was he getting beaten in the fight? No doubt. But was he still capable of protecting himself and — dare I say — capable of pulling off a victory? You bet.

After suffering punishment for 4:30 of the second round, Fedor climbed out and began cranking Silva’s foot, hoping for a late-round submission. He didn’t come close, but obviously he was still in a position to compete. He had won the first round on two of the three judges’ cards meaning even if he didn’t score a knockout or submission in the third, he still had a very good chance of winning the fight based on points. As bad of a beating as he took in the second round, he still could have won that fight.

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Fedor Emelianenko Training Video – An Unlikely Freak

Fedor Emelianenko seeks to regain his status as an invincible figure in mixed martial arts when he fights Big Foot Silva in the first round of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Saturday evening. In many ways, Fedor is an unlikely champion. Just taking a glance at the man, there is nothing imposing about his stature; he’s not tall, he doesn’t have any bulging muscles, and he doesn’t exchange dirty looks.

In a sport with many outlandish figures known for running their mouths, funky hairstyles, or multiple tattoos, Fedor looks very much like the common man. Heck, he even as the love handles to match. But as you can see from any of his fights or by watching this training video, he is anything but ordinary.

Take a look at this video of Fedor in training as released by Showtime prior to the Silva-Emelianenko fight:

There are a few things about Fedor that stand out from watching the video. He has excellent footwork, and superb instincts when it comes to avoiding strikes. What also stands out is how highly everyone in the video thinks of Fedor. They’re all complimentary of him and how he is as a person, and his humble personality stands out. It’s an excellent trait for such an outstanding fighter, and a healthy contrast to so many other notable fighters. It’s easy to see why Emelianenko is so popular as a fighter.

Fabricio Werdum Enjoying His Win Over Fedor Emelianenko a Little Too Much

It’s been nearly eight months since Fabricio Werdum pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent MMA history, shockingly submitting Fedor Emelianenko 1:06 into their June fight in San Jose (watch the video here). Fedor had lost in his fifth career fight back in 2000, but nobody really considered that a blemish on his record because he was illegally cut in the fight. The Russian star was 32-1 leading up to his bout with Werdum, and he’s still considered by many people to be the best heavyweight fighter in the world and one of the best MMA fighters all time.

Consider Werdum in that group, because after the fight he said that Fedor was the best fighter in the world. He’s also so pleased with his win that he’s apparently watched it more than Ray Finkle watched the laces in video. During a press conference to hype up Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, Werdum was asked how many times he’s watched the video of himself beating Fedor. His answer as relayed by MMAFighting.com: “No joking, maybe 1,000 times. No joke. I watch it all the time at home. I watch it on the internet. I like it. It’s good for me. I’m not joking. Really, 1,000 times, maybe more.”

I may have messed with Werdum in the headline, but darn, if I had beaten Fedor, I’d watch that video every moment of my life too. I’d wake up to it on my alarm clock, stick a video of it in the shower, and I’d install flat screens for mirrors in my bathroom so I could watch it while brushing my teeth and making a daily deposit. Heck, wouldn’t you? I mean if you can’t celebrate a victory over the greatest MMA fighter ever, what can you celebrate?

Fedor Emelianenko Looks Primed for Strikeforce Heavyweight Tournament

Fedor Emelianenko is one of the most talented fighters in MMA regardless of weight class. The 34-year-old Urkainian last fought in June when he suffered his first true loss, tapping out a minute into his fight with Fabricio Werdum after getting caught in an armbar. As skilled as Fedor is, one knock against him is that he hasn’t always entered the ring in the best shape possible. The crafty Russian generally has some pudge around his belly for his bouts, but it hasn’t slowed him down. Coming off his first real loss though, Fedor isn’t messing around.

LBS contributor Alan Hull passed along some pics of Fedor who is trying out some new training methods and the guy looks great (no homo). Check it out:

He’s working with Ernesto Hoost’s team including Gegard Moussasi to try and mix it up with new coaches and practice partners. The change in regimen should serve him well in the eight-man tournament; after Big Foot, the winner of Alistair Overeem/Werdum awaits. Oh yeah, Josh Barnett, Sergei Kharitonov, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers are on the other half of the draw. The UFC usually gets all the pub in the MMA world, but Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament blows away anything they have planned in the near future.

Shocker: Fedor Loses to Werdum

The biggest upset in MMA history occurred on Saturday night in San Jose. Fighting in a co-promoted Strikeforce/M-1 Global card, the greatest heavyweight and fighter in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, lost to Fabricio Werdum. To give you an idea of what a stunner this was, I hardly bothered to pay any attention to this fight, figuring Fedor would win and wind up meeting Alistair Overeem for his final fight with Strikeforce. I and many others were proven wrong as Werdum scored a victory for Jiu Jitsu, mastering Fedor on the ground and getting him to tap in the first. Here’s a video of Fedor losing to Fabricio Werdum in San Jose:

Fedor’s official record is now 31-2 but this was really his first true loss. It’s a stunner to be certain, but there isn’t much shame in Fedor losing — it happens to everyone, even the best. Werdum was knocked down but took advantage once he had Fedor on the ground. We’ve seen Fedor escape tricky situations a number of times (see his fight with Hong Man Choi) but this time Werdum got him to submit. Strangely enough, Fedor seemed to be alright with losing for the first time noting that he was uncomfortable with being called a god and idol.

This turn of events certainly mucks up the heavyweight picture in MMA and keeps an eventual Fedor/Brock Lesnar pipe dream fight even further away from happening. I’m guessing it will be either a rematch with Werdum or a fight with Overeem next for Fedor and you can be sure I’ll be all over it next time.

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