Fedor's manager worried about next fight

by Loretta Hunt | source: mma-boxing.si.com

Notably quiet and reserved, it’s rare that Emelianenko really elaborates about his fights, whether he wins or loses.

“Fedor’s mentioned to me after his last three fights that he could have won, but that he felt something went wrong at a certain moment in the fight,” said Finkelstein, “but he felt like he could’ve totally won the fights.”

Another subject Emelianenko won’t broach is his family life. I’ve asked him about it in the past and he’s always politely declined my questions. Emelianenko’s also the type of fighter who doesn’t make excuses for his losses, but Finkelstein filled me in on the drama that followed the Russian fighter to America last July

“Prior to his last fight (against Henderson), Fedor’s wife was giving birth right as he was flying over,” said Finkelstein. “He actually found out about the birth of his (third) daughter as he made a connecting flight in Germany on his way to Chicago. There were some medical complications with the birth and he was extremely worried. It was a difficult time and there was a lot of psychological pressure, so maybe he wasn’t all there in his mind.”

As promoter and manager, Finkelstein was able to select Emelianenko’s next opponent. He said former UFC contender Monson, whose name has swirled around Emelianenko since his days in Pride, was the most decorated candidate of the fighters available. With Emelianenko in a three-fight rut, he doesn’t consider Monson a sure thing by any stretch either.

“All I can do is hope is Fedor’s luck will return to him again,” said Finkelstein, who’s worked with the fighter since 2003. “I’m always worried, though. I’m worried before this fight in November.”

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Granpa site profile image  

11/4/11 3:11 PM by Granpa

“Fedor’s mentioned to me after his last three fights that he could have won, but that he felt something went wrong at a certain moment in the fight,”Yeah that something is called Henderson's fist, and Silva's fist.

Lux Fixxins site profile image  

11/4/11 2:47 PM by Lux Fixxins

 What that something wrong losing?

MMALOGIC site profile image  

11/4/11 2:13 PM by MMALOGIC

 wait so a guy who greased himself up for a grappling tournament is above taking a dive? lol at anyone who thinks M1 and Vadim will actually pay someone to legitimately try and beat their only cash cow. c'mon son.

RLL site profile image  

11/4/11 2:12 PM by RLL

 Fedor has dropped three in a row. In a standings perspective, Monson is probably at his level and the fight makes sense. But on a legacy level Fedor should be above this.

Tankhead site profile image  

11/4/11 1:42 PM by Tankhead

Beforehand=before heStupid fucking iPhone autocorrect.

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11/4/11 1:41 PM by Tankhead

I can't help but feel sorry for Fedor. Dude has always been nothing but humble and respectful. He gets shit on a lot for the GOAT argument and his managements actions. I hope he can get back on track and give us a few more fights beforehand retires. Dude always entertains.

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11/4/11 1:24 PM by Toogawdly

Mmalogic should change his name to mmastupidity.

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11/4/11 12:12 PM by groundfighter2000

I never get sick of the UG News thread titles.

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11/4/11 11:47 AM by MikeA1129

Fedor could get ko'd by Aoki in an open weight match tomorrow and he will still get my utmost respect.Little off subject but just my opinion.