by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Fedor Emelianenko is in fine spirits for a fighter that is out of action until at least July due to an ongoing injury on his right hand, and with good reason, he has been working with fellow Red Devil standout Amar Suloev on the eve of his Cage Rage debut against UK Striker James E Nicolle.
Fedor explained that his injury was first diagnosed following the Gary Goodridge fight back at Total Elimination in 2003, the diagnosis by the PRIDE medical team was incorrect at the time and healed incorrectly.
He undertook surgery following his bout with Zuluzinho having broken his Thumb Metacarpal – initial feedback on the surgery was positive and he will undergo a second round of treatment in June; Fedor is unlikely to compete in the Open Weight GP itself but will be looking to have a place on one of the cards for the GP with an opponent still to be decided.
Back to his role at Cage Rage and Amar Suloev, he felt that this was the best Suloev we have seen and that he has improved dramatically since his last fight; all preparations have gone to plan focusing on his striking and wrestling base for this bout. Amar completely outclassed the British standout in a one-sided beating from the bell, Nicolle never found his stride, range or timing, Suleov for all this world looked like a man possessed pummelling the Brit with ease throughout the first round and leaving him unable to answer the bell for the second.
For a man universally regarded as the best pound for pound fighter in the sport today, Fedor seemed happy with his lot, looking to get back to his home country, his family and overseeing his brothers training regime.