Speaking to SI.com, famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach, who is currently working with Andrei Arlovski, commented on Fedor Emelianenko’s striking prowess, which is apparently none too impressive:
“He’s flat-footed, has no technique, but he can punch…That always helps. He’s accurate. He’ll follow you right to the floor, so he’s aggressive. But that aggressiveness can be used to our advantage, I think.”
I find it difficult to disagree with Freddie’s statement because, well, it’s true…for the most part. Despite all of his accomplishments, Fedor is yet another MMA fighter whose boxing is unorthodox and a bit looping. It is no secret that Emelianenko counts on power shots as opposed to carefully packaged combinations. But the fact remains that Fedor’s “slack” stand up has yet to make even the slightest dent in his domination of the MMA universe, despite not having the picture perfect jab-cross. Furthermore Feddie Roach, in all of his infinite wisdom, is simply incorrect in stating that Fedor has “no technique” whatsoever. Emelianenko does have a technique, it is just more tailored to mixed martial arts and not traditional boxing. And that technique works.
The obvious question is will that technique continue to work against the more polished striker in Andrei Arlovski? I have to say that it will. Picking this contest a bit early, I can’t foresee Emelianenko getting into an insurmountable amount of trouble standing with “The Pitbull”, as Fedor has always found a route to victory in similar situations in the past. Given, Arlovski is a very strong and unique fighter, but Fedor has dispatched world class strikers before and I don’t see how Arlovski stands any better chance than Mark Hunt, Mirko Cro Cop or Semmy Schilt did. You can say that the fighters I mentioned were lousy on the ground but that is moot given that no one, let alone Arlovski, can match Fedor once things get down to the canvas.
If Fedor really starts drowning on his feet he will seek a takedown which Arlovski will only be able to defend for so long. From there, its just a matter of time before Fedor submits or rides out a decision over the former UFC champion.