The just recently concluded fight breaks my heart. I am a huge Fedor fan and I would love to see him get back to the winning track. But unfortunately, in his Strikeforce heavyweight fight against Dan Henderson, he succumbs into another saddening defeat. Dan Henderson defeated Fedor via TKO in the first round. I just read about the news on Wikipedia. Yes, I haven’t seen the fight yet and I don’t think I can handle watching Fedor being destroyed. Update: I have already seen the fight, and it’s even worse than just reading about it. Fedor had him for a bit there, but Henderson survived the flurry and landed a huge uppercut from behind which put Fedor face down on the mat. My chest hurts.
Okay enough with the drama-queen mode. Let me tackle Fedor’s future in the MMA world. Will he continue to fight after three heart breaking defeats? I think the initial decision of Fedor would be a retirement. But no one knows for now. I honestly think he should not retire yet. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Fedor still has a good number of years ahead of him. But let’s face it, getting back at the top of the MMA mountain seems to be a fading chance. It is still possible though, but Fedor needs to change things around him.
Fedor needs to change training camps. I personally think that Fedor is not having the best training that he can have. He’s got a tremendous skill set, from striking to grappling and submissions. But all these tools could go nowhere if not equipped with a high level of training partners and coaches.
Fedor needs to surround himself with highly motivated training partners. Motivation is indeed a huge factor in determining whether a fighter can be successful or not. Fedor seems to lack motivation. This was also observed by Henderson. But of course we can never judge the heart of another man. Only Fedor can tell if his motivation is lacking or not.
Fedor can still continue fighting. But in what division? Henderson has been in the middleweight division for the bulk of his fighting career. And he beat Fedor decisively. Will Fedor be fit enough to compete in the heavyweight division? That’s a decision to make for the Last Emperor.
Fedor should be less â€œwildâ€ in his attacks. This has caused him the fight against Werdum. And this time, with Henderson. Fedor seems to be plunging in reckless abandon mode when he smells blood. Werdum and Henderson capitalized on this by staying calm and collected. Fedor was also caught in the face after aggressively bull-rushing at Henderson during the first 15 seconds of the fight. I think Fedor needs to work on that. Technique over aggression can be the key to his return.
Early stoppage? Fedor mentioned, “I think [the stoppage] was early, I don’t want to say anything bad about the referee or anything, but it seems to me it was early. I was clearly hit, but I wasn’t hit flush and directly. I think I could have continued, but the referee decided to stop it.” Actually when I saw the fight video, it was clear that Fedor went lights out for a second after being hit by Henderson from the back. But when Fedor turned around, he seemed to have regained consciousness and was trying to defend Henderson’s flurry. I don’t know if I’m just being biased. I’m not taking anything away from Henderson. He was the winner of this fight.
For now, no one knows what’s in store for the Last Emperor. Will he continue fighting? Or is it curtains down for the MMA legend who once was considered by many as the best of all time? These questions will be answered soon.