Correspondent - You just came back from a training camp that took place in Elbrus region for a second time. Please tell us about your training and the results of it.
Fedor – Training took place at the elevation of 2200 meters (approximately 7217 feet). Main goal was to improve conditioning, which was accomplished successfully. I have about two more weeks of this intense training, and then I will begin preparation for the upcoming bout. Also, because of a great coaching, I’ve lost some weight and now I am at about 227 pounds. However, visually it might look like I weight a bit more…
Correspondent – In November, your brother Alexander was competing in Pride that took place in Holland. Could you tell us about that?
Fedor - This fight was unfortunate for Alex. He lost to F. Verdum. Our coach said that Alex fought an amateurish battle and was doing everything he wasn’t supposed to do. Everything he was warned about he still did in the ring. Maybe Alex became overconfident too soon… It looks like Alex thinks way too much of himself as a fighter, and stopped training as he used too (we are not sparing together for almost 6 months already), therefore it’s he’s second loss recently.
Correspondent – Do you see a way for Alex get out of this situation? Is there anything you can do to help him continue his successful career? Not so long ago he only needed minutes, or even seconds to defeat his opponents.
Fedor – to be honest with you, I don’t even want to interfere. He’s a grown man and he’s making he’s own choices.
Correspondent – Maybe you’re right. It’s happens often that by giving advice you could be blamed later on for trying to help.
Fedor – We had this situation after Alex’s fight with Josh Barnett. Alex actually blamed me for his loss, even though he didn’t listen to any of my suggestions. I hope it was a good lesson for him. Therefore, from now on I am not going to get into his business.
Correspondent – Any chance of seeing your youngest brother Ivan in the MMA ring?
Fedor – Actually, in the near future, Ivan is going to participate in the Sambo tournament. Very often he’s coming along to our camps and even came to the recent one as well. However, it doesn’t make sence for him to participate in Pride yet. He’s not ready yet.
Unfortunately, Ivan is little unsteady. Sometimes he’s training very hard, and after he’s not training enough. Maybe he thinks that he could be successful without training in full gear. Him and Alex got the same problem. If Alex was training hard enough, he would have been a #1 contender for a champions title. However, due to the fact that he trains only right before the actual fight, he takes more losses.
Correspondent – Who is Alex training with right now?
Fedor – Before latest Pride Alex went to train in Holland. Alex needed a great wrestling partner, because F. Werdum is great on the ground. Unfortunately, Alex simply didn’t have anybody in Holland to practice on the ground, and even though our coaches were inviting him several times to go with us, Alex simply denied all invitations. Alex was sure that Holland would be better for him, and we see the results.
Correspondent – Pride already had two events in Holland, one even took place in USA. Does Pride have any plans to go worldwide?
Fedor – I know that there were talks with China and South Korea, however, everything is still in talks and nothing more than that. I don’t know when Pride will actually have any events in those countries.
As far as I know, there is also talk about having some events in Russia. However, when Pride will actually have an event is unknown. However, Russian MMA fans will have a great opportunity to attend a tournament “Russian vs. USA” (BoDoG), which will take place in St. Petersburg.
Roman Zentsov and I will be representing Russian team, along with some of the young fighters…