“I don’t even think he’s human.”
Those were the words of yet another victim that fell to the hands of Fedor Emelianenko. The consensus #1 ranked heavyweight in the world only needed 36 seconds to defeat Tim Sylvia at Affliction: Banned this past Saturday. Going into the fight, Sylvia was to be one of his toughest opponents in the last few years, but once again Emelianenko showed that this is his world, whichever one that happens to be.
Considering that he can probably beat up anybody on earth, you would think that he would walk around with the arrogance and ego to prove it. However, that is not in Emelianenko’s genetic make-up. He is one of the most humble people that you can ever meet. He walks and speaks with such a calm demeanor that you would think he is about to fall asleep, and not much changes once he enters the ring.
“Well, it’s just the way I approach a fight,” said Emelianenko through his translator at the Affliction: Banned post-fight press conference. “I am human just like the next person. I get nervous, but I just try to not let it affect me and just to approach the fight in a calm manner.”
But that is the question. Is he really human? And, in addition to that, will anybody ever come close to beating him? He even surprised himself on how easy this fight turned out to be.
“To be honest, I was surprised about that [how fast the fight was],” Emelianenko said. “ I don’t have any words to explain why, but I was surprised.”
Sylvia was ranked as high as 5th in the world in the heavyweight division entering the fight, but to Emelianenko, he could have been ranked 500th. It wouldn’t have made a difference because his MMA game is different than most other fighters. This creature seems to have no weaknesses.
What he is able to do is look at what his opponent’s weaknesses are, and exploit them because he knows that he will already be far superior in that area regardless. And in this case, he wanted to use his superior hand speed to chop the giant down.
“I felt all along that I was quicker than Tim. I just wanted to use my quickness to my advantage,” he said. “That’s what I said before the fight. I felt comfortable in the stand up game. I have the best trainers in the world, and I knew if that is what it took than I was very comfortable. They trained me very well. “
After Emelianenko dropped Sylvia, he decided to show off his submission skills and immediately took his back for a rear-naked choke attempt.
“Basically I was able to strike and get him on the ground. Got to the point where the choke hold was really what did it,” Emelianenko added.
After finishing off the former two time UFC champion, the question was posed to Emelianenko that if he had to fight himself, what would his game plan would be. The newly crowned WAMMA Champion sheepishly shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know.”
Well, that is something that us mere mortals will have to continue to try to figure out as well.