WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko has canceled a planned US media tour to begin training for his January 24th matchup at Affliction: Day of Reckoning against Andrei Arlovski. The decision to cancel the tour and begin his training camp early was made following his loss at the 2008 World Sambo Championships in Russia earlier this month.
“My trainers, Vladimir Voronov and Alexander Michkov, met with me in Russia after the World Sambo Championships and we decided that the Arlovski confrontation is too important to delay a comprehensive training camp in exchange for press tour obligations on the other side of the world,” said Emelianenko in a press release announcing the cancellation. “Andrei Arlovski is a dangerous fighter and has looked in prime condition and at the top of his game in his last few fights. He is one of the top three heavyweights in the world. This is not a fighter I will defeat if I am taking shortcuts in training.”