In an unlikely alliance, two opposing forces could be colliding behind close doors, and now we will all know about.
Chances are if you ask the most educated fan of the sport of mixed martial “who is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time?”, an intelligent response would be followed by simply saying “Fedor Emelianenko“. Despite losing some of his invincible allure when he was submitted by Jiu-Jitsu world champion Fabricio Werdum last April, the Russian remains one the most explosive and equally mysterious fighters in the world.
Carwin recently posted on the popular forum on MixedMartialArts.com, stating that not only would he be honored to train with the former PRIDE heavyweight champion, but he wouldn’t mind traveling to the recesses of Russia in order to do so.
It was recently when Fedor was featured on a conference call promoting his upcoming fight with Antonio Silva in February, where he stated his intentions for his current training
“I’m more comfortable there and I like to be close to my family. It’s likely I’ll probably stay in Russia”, said the 34-year-old.
“But I wouldn’t mind training somewhere else and with someone like Shane Carwin, who is a good fighter. But most likely I’ll stay in Russia.”
Shane caught wind of the praise, and expressed his opinions on potentially training with Emelianenko.
“I would be honoured to train with Fedor. After seeing his CBS special, I was impressed with the isolation and hardcore and yet raw training I saw”, said an appreciative Carwin.
“Fedor has been a good guy to me. After the Lesnar fight he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter.”
“I am going to be traveling for training this time around. I want to take in as much MMA as I can. I hope to make it out to Duke Rufus’ and maybe even a trip to Russia if all things go as planned.”
While Shane is preparing his return, which is rumored for either May or June of this year against an unnamed opponent, training with a living legend like Fedor could only expediate his ascension up the heavyweight ranks once again. Carwin was last in action when he was submitted by former titleholder Brock Lesnar last July, after rocking the North Dakota native with an early barrage however eventually succumbed to a second-round arm triangle choke.
So, MMA peeps, what do you think of Shane’s intentions of training with “The Last Emperor”? Could they both help each other in an equally beneficial matter? Sound off in the comment section below.