Emelianenko meets Frank Mir in the Bellator 198 headliner this Saturday at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, and a win over the previous UFC champion spots him in the semifinal rounds of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. Sitting tight for him in the second round is the well known naughty boy Chael Sonnen, who surpassed Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in January to progress.
Showing up in The MMA Hour on Monday, Emelianenko was inquired as to whether he was stressed over managing the primary diversions that Sonnen could use before their potential confrontation.
“I do not think I should answer anything that Chael Sonnen said about me,” Emelianenko said through a Russian translator. “To talk about Chael Sonnen and the fight with Chael Sonnen, I think we can after the fight with Frank Mir, so we have to finish that fight first and then, if that’s God’s will, I’ll face Chael Sonnen.”
In the past it would have been anything but difficult to imagine Emelianenko striking this competition, dealing with Mir, Sonnen, and whoever was placed in his way. “The Last Emperor” will dependably be known for his amazing undefeated career of 28 sessions during the 2000s that saw him out practically all the outstanding heavyweights of the time, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Andrei Arlovski, and Tim Sylvia.
That streak finished in 2010 on account of Fabricio Werdum, and Emelianenko has gone 5-4 in his last nine battles, with a 74-second misfortune to Matt Mitrione and a five-battle streak of wins once and for all. June.
Presently there are worries about the strength of Emelianenko, 41 (the four recent defeats have been by knockout or submission) and the way that he is confronting Mir, who looked a lot greater than Emelianenko when the two conflicted in an ongoing press occasion.
“Actually, when I met Frank, I saw that it really got bigger, so it got heavier,” Emelianenko said. “But I do not see any problem with that, I do not think size is a big problem, for me the most important thing is the wrestler’s knowledge and the way the fighter gets after he gets ready for a fight and in my career I had a lot of fights where the opponents were much bigger than me. “
The other problem Emelianenko could face is that he has had problems reproducing the same success he has had in the ring when he has had to fight in a cage. There are several reasons why this may be, but Emelianenko does not see any connection and said he feels “comfortable” in any environment.
However, there has been at least some emphasis on working in cages in this training camp.  “Yes, certainly during my camp I worked in the cage and I also had the fight in the cage,” said Emelianenko. “I can tell you that recently, during the last time I exercised, I worked, I trained in the cage, not in the ring.”
What matters to Emelianenko is to add Mir to the list of world champions he has competed within MMA. Mir had a UFC title in 2004 when Emelianenko was in the promotion of Pride of Japan at the height of his reign as the best heavyweight that has ever existed.
Arriving finally to prove himself against Mir was all the motivation that Emelianenko needed to prepare himself. Bellator 198.
“Frank was the UFC champion and our fans have been waiting for this fight for quite a long time and I think it will be a great fight and for me, that is a remarkable event as well,” Emelianenko said.