By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Vladimir Voronov has trained Fedor Emelianenko since the former Pride Champ was twelve years old. He's been with the legendary Russian through thick and thin and talked about his his upcoming bout with Dan Henderson and much more in an interview with Low Kick this week.
Voronov talks Fedor's condition “Right now, he's very motivated. It's hard to say what will happen during the fight, because it all depends on Fedor. As coaches, we have done and are doing everything in our power to help Fedor reaching the peak of his physical and psychological condition. Now, everything depends on Fedor.”
After losing his last two heavyweight fights against much larger opponents, many fans clamored for Fedor to make the drop to the light heavyweight division, Voronov feels as though there would no point in that though, “I can't see any sense in Fedor moving down to 205. Why would he do it? To run away from someone? I think that if Fedor returns to the previous workload, today's Heavyweights will struggle against him. The most important thing here is to have the right motivation and training regime. If you want to win, you have to play by the rules.”
Voronov also talked about Fedor's passion for the sport at this point in his career, “Obviously, Fedor grew and matured a lot since his early years in the sport. There's a lot of changes, psychological and physiological. He still has the same character. Maybe he's a little tired of the sport. He trains all the time, since his childhood, and managed to maintain all his human qualities.”
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