Beating Fedor Will Take a Team Effort

Written by Tom Ngo
January 24th, 2009

WAMMA champion Fedor Emelianenko is arguably the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, highly skilled in all facets of the game. That is why challenger Andrei Arlovski compiled his best training team ever to help him prepare in all aspects of MMA to pull of the upset of his life at tomorrow’s Affliction “Day of Reckoning” event.

As he did in his last bout, Arlovski called upon legendary boxing trainer Freddie Roach to assist him in sharpening up his hands to face the Russian.  Although Roach is fairly new to the MMA world, he has caught on quickly to the intricacies that are involved in the sport, and even provided some insight on Arlovski attacking without his hands.

No one was more shocked than Arlovski himself.

“I was really surprised, and at the same time excited, because Freddie asked me…’what can you do for example, can you kick here or punch there?'” Arlovski stated. “Everybody asks each other, ‘what do you think about this?’ Everybody is on the same page, and it’s great. Freddie asks ‘what if you kick him low here or front kick here, can you punch here?’ I think so, let’s try it.”

Teamwork was the key phrase when Arlovski described the toughest training camp of his career. He feels that his coaches and training partners pushed him to levels that he has never been before, and that is why he is ready for wherever the fight takes him.

“If I am on the ground with Fedor, I have to do something else,” he stated. “I’m practicing this way. I have to like the guard better, look for armbars and leglocks, so I’m ready.”

And if the the consensus #1 ranked heavyweight in the world decides that he wants to keep the fight standing?

“I have to try and knock him out, that’s it,” Arlovski confidently stated. “I’m ready for both ways.”

Winning this fight is an opportunity of a lifetime, and Arlovski feels comfortable with the pressure that comes with it. In fact he is embracing the challenge, as he has prepared his entire life to get to this point.

“All my life I’ve been preparing for this fight, and I want more than anything to be champion on January 24,” Arlovski says. “They put my arm in the air and call me the champion, it’s a great moment. I train hard for this moment….I want to be the first in MMA to beat Fedor.”

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