Even coming off a loss, Fedor Emelianenko manages to stand out among beasts like Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem, Antonio Pezão, Andrei Arlovski, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers, and Fabrício Werdum, the last person to beat him. That is the burly lineup of the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix, balm for the longing of lovers of the now-defunct Pride, and Emelianenko is the big star of the team.
For the opening bout, against Pezão on February 12, Fedor is going through his preparations in his country, Russia. He will likely have some heavyweight help, though, in the form of one-time UFC title challenger Shane Carwin.
“Fedor is cool with me. He’s a great person and a great fighter. I might fly to Russia for us to train together, if all goes according to plan,” posted Carwin on the Underground forum.
While whiling away the weeks till the fight, check out a video of the fighter’s highlights below: