Fedor Emelianenko: A King Without A Crown

Fedor Emelianenko: A King Without A Crown


Last summer I spent two days with Fedor Emelianenko – let me rephrase that – last summer I spent two days near Fedor Emelianenko. He was on a promotional tour for the ill-fated Affliction: Trilogy show and FIGHT! photog Paul Thatcher and I met him and the M-1 Global entourage in Kansas City for an M-1 Challenge show before crossing the state to attend Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. I shared the same hotel, bus, and fight venues, but my direct access to him was limited to about one hour, including the time it took to shoot the cover photo for the magazine.

It was a bizarre arrangement for us because FIGHT! is lucky to have unfettered access to the biggest names in MMA. Our writers hang out with fighters in the gym and in their homes. We share meals with them and meet their families. Hell, we even go bowling with them. But Fedor and his M-1 Global handlers are different. Not bad, not wrong, just…different.

I didn’t get to spend as much time speaking with him as I would like but I got what I think to be an accurate picture of him through observation and extensive interviews with the people he keeps close like Steve Bash and Apy Echteld. Read the story to find out what conclusions I came to that weekend, and tune in to CBS on Nov. 7 to see if “The Last Emperor” gets dethroned by Brett Rogers.


  1. If Fedor shows up unprepared like he did for the Arlovski fight and starts doing the parrot head thing again this could be over very fast as Rogers will knock the parrot head clean off. However, Fedor seems pretty focused at the moment and won’t even comment on his game plan – he might just throw open his toolbox and armbar Mr Rogers.

  2. Fedor has a win streak of 30. Highest than anyone ever reached in MMA. All other MMA champions in UFC/Pride/etc had several losses, but not Fedor. The odds are against Fedor. Someone will beat Fedor one day just by being lucky. Will it be Brett Rogers? We’ll see tomorrow.

  3. Guys think of it this way Fedor fought Arlovski when he was unprepared and seemed tossed around. He still ended up
    Giving arlovski a devastating knockout. Imagine if he prepares mentally and physically for Brett.

  4. I think Fedor wins via submission quick in the 1sr round over Rogers. I think Rogers’ only chance of winning is landing a huge knockout blow (like Henderson did at UFC 100). But I just dont see that happening. Fedor is way too skilled and will take this to the ground and will win quickly.

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