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Fedor Emelianenko: Fight was even until I knocked Arlovski out

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For a brief moment during Saturday's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" main event in Anaheim, Calif., Fedor Emelianenko (29-1) looked almost human.

Apparently frustrated by the effective striking, long reach and rapid speed of challenger Andrei Arlovski (14-6), Emelianenko looked wounded in the corner, and "The Pitbull" smelled blood.

Then suddenly, and with little warning, a crushing right hand flattened Arlovski and immediately returned Emelianenko's mystique. During the post-event press conference, the Russian champion said that despite appearances, he was firmly in control throughout the 194 seconds he needed to destroy the world's second-best heavyweight.




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Post #1   1/25/09 12:39:39PM   

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listen.

He was calm in the corner, and had been trying that way over the top shot a few times.

He knew he would catch him coming in, he knew it clearly. (I THINK)

Arlovski was doing well, but it was nothing new for Fedor.

Post #2   1/25/09 1:02:39PM   

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What ever there was no way the fight was even if you ask me Arlovski was doing everything right to whoop Fedors a!!. Fedor didn't look calm he wasn't in control and wasn't landing anything, he even got rocked once or even twice. Arlovski did just what Uriah Faber did made a bad mistake when he was not just wining but dominating the fight. Fedor couldn't take him down he couldn't hit him and was on his way to being KOed so yes he was dominating the fight.

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Posted by motorboatensob

What ever there was no way the fight was even if you ask me Arlovski was doing everything right to whoop Fedors a!!. Fedor didn't look calm he wasn't in control and wasn't landing anything, he even got rocked once or even twice. Arlovski did just what Uriah Faber did made a bad mistake when he was not just wining but dominating the fight. Fedor couldn't take him down he couldn't hit him and was on his way to being KOed so yes he was dominating the fight.



Arlovski was winning the fight, but on his way to KOing Fedor? I doubt that.

Post #4   1/25/09 1:22:47PM   

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Posted by motorboatensob

What ever there was no way the fight was even if you ask me Arlovski was doing everything right to whoop Fedors a!!. Fedor didn't look calm he wasn't in control and wasn't landing anything, he even got rocked once or even twice. Arlovski did just what Uriah Faber did made a bad mistake when he was not just wining but dominating the fight. Fedor couldn't take him down he couldn't hit him and was on his way to being KOed so yes he was dominating the fight.



Arlovski was winning the fight, but on his way to KOing Fedor? I doubt that.



Had Arlovski not gone for that knee and kept Fedor back in the corner, I am confident he would have KOed Fedor. Fedor had no answers for Arlovski's speed and reach.

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Posted by motorboatensob

What ever there was no way the fight was even if you ask me Arlovski was doing everything right to whoop Fedors a!!. Fedor didn't look calm he wasn't in control and wasn't landing anything, he even got rocked once or even twice. Arlovski did just what Uriah Faber did made a bad mistake when he was not just wining but dominating the fight. Fedor couldn't take him down he couldn't hit him and was on his way to being KOed so yes he was dominating the fight.



I agree and his defence was a well timed Chris Leben haymaker. JK

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Posted by JoeySteel

listen.

He was calm in the corner, and had been trying that way over the top shot a few times.

He knew he would catch him coming in, he knew it clearly. (I THINK)

Arlovski was doing well, but it was nothing new for Fedor.



Of course it was new for Fedor, Fedor has never been tested like that, not even by CroCop.

Post #7   1/25/09 1:52:24PM   

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I think Fedor was losing...and if Andrei didn't get careless and impatient he would have knocked Fedor out cold.
If you didn't see Fedor dazed, bewildered and in trouble.....you need to take the idiot shades off.
Arlovski clearly controlled the fight and was well on his way to a mega upset.
Fedor is beatable for sure.

Post #8   1/25/09 2:01:44PM   

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Hm. His reaction was outstanding. That wasn't a haymaker, he stepped into the punch and turned it over and he did it really really fast.

I had AA to win the fight and I was excited about the way he was fighitng but I never saw Fedor in serious trouble. I lost money on this one but 26 straight wins is no fluke. He's fought everyone there is to fight except Cotoure and some of the new guys. Until someone actually BEATS him and doesn't just look decent against him===until they get KTFO maybe we should treat his performances with a little respect. It's kind of like criticizing Tyson for taking 2 rounds to KO someone.

If you make a mistake with Fedor he will sub you or KO you. That makes it really really hard to fight him. Could AA have KO'd him? Maybe but you have to take risks to KO someone and you just can't seem to take too many risks with Fedor. Maybe someone could fight him with a plan that uses distance, striking, and countering his looping shots, and stuffing clinches and takedowns, to take him to decision win.
but it's not like he hasn't fought top tier strikers, BJJ guys, wrestlers, and kickboxers. He's fought them all....and the bodies hit the floor.

Respect Game.

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Even fight my arse. I wouldnt say Andrei was dominating, but if the round had of got to the end, it would of been scored in favour of Andrei.

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I watched the post-presser and he actually said he didn't feel like he was in danger. But he didn't have AA in danger either. That's probably why it was taken as the fight was "even"

I don't think he was at all talking about points for the judges.

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I'll be interested to see where Arlovski chooses to go from here... I would love to see a rematch. I almost feel there was an opportunity to dethrone the King last night, and AA just couldn't make it happen. I was very surprised by what I saw last night. The way AA controlled the stand up, and even pushed Fedor to clinch with him through precise striking, The fact that Fedor couldn't get AA down said a lot about how this fight would go if it was taken into deeper waters. I just feel like if they met again it just wouldn't have the same wow factor to it. We now know that AA's striking is enough to back up Fedor from his relentless and impassive assault on the HW division, its just a shame that AA got caught. I picked Fedor but about a minute in I was worried for him a bit, really though that was short lived as my wonder increased... that someone would finally be able to stop that Russian Murder Machine. Props to Fedor for the win.

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Arlovski was winning that round until he got knocked out it wasnt even. Im not too sure what fight everyone was watching but Arlovski looked pretty good until he got rocked. Fedor always finds a way to win no matter what, dude is always so calm in the ring. Arlovski looked good but I knew it was only going to last for so long!

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Posted by warglory


Posted by JoeySteel

listen.

He was calm in the corner, and had been trying that way over the top shot a few times.

He knew he would catch him coming in, he knew it clearly. (I THINK)

Arlovski was doing well, but it was nothing new for Fedor.



Of course it was new for Fedor, Fedor has never been tested like that, not even by CroCop.


Fujita had Fedor way worse off than Arlovski did. To me it looked like Fedor was getting the feel for Arlovski's speed. He looked flustered, that's why he clinched with him for a minute or so. I think he was calm in the corner, he got straight kicked, knocked back up against the ropes. And Arlovski made a very cocky mistake, going for a flying knee and ate canvas for it. Well I guess he landed on his forehead, not his mouth.

Fedor is with no question the #1 pound for pound fighter in the world.

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Fedor was loseing the fight arlovski was using his tools and doing well....but in the end arlovski and his glass jaw hit the mat...... Fedor is just that damn good.... I love watchin guys get cocky in fights cause it usually backfires...maybe he shouldnt have threw that knee

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