Bellator 198: Fedor Emelianenko Discusses Whether He’s Trained Harder For Frank Mir, Following KO Loss
By FCF Staff
Although Fedor Emelianenko is coming off a quick, knockout loss to Matt Mitrione, the legend isn’t sure whether he’s trained hard for his bout tonight with Frank Mir.
Emelianenko made his Bellator debut last June, and was KO’d by Mitrione in the opening round. Tonight, the former PRIDE champ will take on the former UFC champ Mir, in what is a quarter final bout for Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix.
Recently Emelianenko was asked whether he’s trained harder for tonight’s bout, on account of what happened last June, and he said this (quote via MMA Fighting):
“It’s difficult to say because always when I work out I try to work 100-percent,” Emelianenko said. “I cannot say if I became more aggressive or less aggressive and since I understand my coaches, they always want to see their sportsmen more aggressive, more strong, greater, and they want to see their sportsmen that way for a very long time, for more years.”
The 41 year-old fighter also said that he did not consider retiring, following his loss to Mitrione. Emelianenko was riding a five fight, winning streak, heading into the contest.