Win, lose or draw, Fedor Emelianenko always has the same ho-hum expression on his face. Although he desperately needs to end the longest losing streak of his illustrious career, which currently stands at a whopping two, many in the MMA community still can’t get a pulse on the sense of urgency behind the sport’s most accomplished heavyweight.
Emelianenko has been laying low since getting overwhelmed by Antonio Silva this past February, and to the surprise of many, he reemerged in Illinois this week looking leaner than he has in eons. For those that believe he’s content on living off his PrideFC fame of yesteryear, think again.
“Of course, it would be a very important victory,” Emelianenko recently stated. “Dan Henderson has been a fighter for a very long time and been a champion in many different organizations, and for me, it’s very important. It would mean a lot to me.”
Emelianenko 2.0 didn’t stop there. It appears the 34-year-old is adamant about climbing his way back to the top of the heavyweight mountain.
“Of course it’s important,” he said of once again donning a championship belt around his waist. “It’s definitely something that I’d like to achieve again. For me, what’s most important is to be a master in the sport and to be on top of my game.”
Prior to his last pair of outings, Emelianenko was riding a 27-fight winning streak, a dominant span which ran for nearly a decade. Although his aura of invincibility has been erased, his confidence is still sky high.
“Absolutely not. It hasn’t affected my confidence at all,” he said of his two-fight skid. “If God has given us a certain path for my life, then I have to go down that path and feel confident about it.”
Emelianenko’s road to redemption begins tomorrow night inside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Showtime will broadcast the main bouts for “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson” at 10PM ET/PT.