Fedor will fight a smarter fight.
I’m not entirely sure of this.
With age, Fedor’s style has definitely changed a bit. He’s a tad less aggressive initially, for instance. [/quote]
How do you figure this? He beat Tim Sylvia in just over a half a minute with a barrage of strikes and finished with a submission, basically the same style he was using in Rings years ago.
The Arlovski fight he looked tentative, but according to his camp, he only trained a little bit.
Here’s info on that fight from a sports illustrated article:
If criticism can be levied against a performance ending with a knockout that will be mentioned among the best of 2009, Emelianenko’s longtime trainer, Vladimir Voronov, seemed happy to do so. Several whiskeys into celebrating his fighter’s first defense of the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight belt, the 43-year-old trainer stood just outside his camp’s jubilant dressing room and spoke as if Emelianenko had stolen something.
“He’s obviously got unbelievable potential, but he had some distractions getting ready for this fight,” Voronov said through an interpreter. “The movie. The commercials. If Fedor wants to keep winning, and winning well, he needs to train professionally. Right now he won with his old tricks.”
“The fact that Fedor won, don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy about. But he won this fight because of the training before this fight. The experience he had before this fight. The trainers did everything we could to get him ready. But for title fights, we can’t train the way we trained for this one.”
The specter of Barnett forced Voronov to take a breath. It means a serious training camp, he said, more than the month they took for Arlovski.
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