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“Yes, I am crazy. That’s why I got into this sport, but I don’t make a habit of taking fights I don’t feel I can win.” Those were the words out of Matt Lindland’s mouth when we first talked to him about taking the fight against Fedor Emelianenko, the #1 ranked heavyweight fighter in the world.


Although Lindland himself is ranked #1 at middleweight, it is a huge step up in weight to face the Russian wrecking machine. Come fight time, Lindland will likely be giving up about 20 pounds or more.


But he has the heart of a competitor and sees this fight not as an insurmountable task, just another challenge. “I want to fight the best guys out there. I always have,” said Lindland. “I appreciate Bodog for giving me the opportunity to fight the best. Some promoters just want to promote their guys and are afraid to sign the best because they may beat their guys, so I found a promotion that believes in me and my abilities.”


Lindland has been in Russia since Sunday, but as the days tick by, fight time is drawing near. MMAWeekly’s Scott Petersen is in Russia and brings you this exclusive In The Cage video interview with Matt Lindland as he makes final preparations for the fight with Fedor.


Eric Pele, like Lindland, is also in Russia to take on a hometown fighter. In fact, he is facing Fedor’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko. MMAWeekly also brings you an exclusive In The Cage video interview with Eric Pele.


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