Cool, calm and destructive, Fedor Emelianenko is considered by most to be the greatest fighter in MMA. I love how the calm approach explodes into destructive violence as he mashes opponent after opponent.
Dana White (UFC boss) offered Fedor an ‘unsignable’ contract when UFC took over Pride Championships, which effectively removed any chance of Fedor fighting Couture, which was THE fight everyone wanted to see. This was and remains a big shame.
Since then Fedor destroyed Tim Sylvia in little more than half a minute and still remains the top fighter. I’d like current UFC heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar to have a try with Fedor, that’d be a good fight. Lesnar is huge and quick with it, a big test for Fedor, but my money is on the Russian.
Fedor seems to train only for the fight and isn’t interested in ‘looking the part’, no tattoo’s or ripped body, just a destructively efficient body with excellent ground and stand-up skills and vicious ground and pound to go with it. He’s calm til he explodes into the opponent, wasting no energy until he has to, his attitude is spot on.
Here’s a link to an American documentary about Fedor. It’s excellent, apart from the tabloid-esque compere, who’s a little too American for my reserved English palate. This does not, however, detract from an excellent insight into a great fighter. It’s about 40 mins in total, but a well spent 40 mins; illustrating that there’s plenty to be gleaned from Fedor. Watch, enjoy and learn.