Emelianenko Fedor will face off against Tsuyoshi Kosaka in the upcoming April 3rd BUSHIDO 6 at the Yokohama Arena. Four years ago, Kosaka became the only man so far to beat Fedor, although it was due to an accidental injury, and Fedor has sworn revenge. Beyond Kosaka, Fedor already has the leading challenger for his belt, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, in his sights.
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When did you start training, following December 31, 2004?
It's not a good memory. I was cut by Kosaka's illegal strike (elbow). There was blood coming from my eyebrow and I couldn't finish the fight. The RINGS' judges gave the victory to Kosaka and wouldn't give me a revenge match. I don't think it was fair.
Of course Kosaka has been watching (my fights). I'm sure he watches all fighters that he may have to face. I am, on the other hand, very busy and there are a lot of challengers, so I can't watch all of their fights. I study my opponents after the match has been finalized.
He said that he can beat you 100% if it's ground fighting. What do you think about that?
I'm always ready to accept challenges. I've never ran away from an opponent. If the match is confirmed, I'll give it my all but there are many things that have to be decided before we fight. I can't decide this by myself. I have to negotiate along with my manager about many things. I would really like to get the fans' understanding on this.
Mirko has been waiting two years for a match with you. Do you want to fight him?
I want to fight him, too, but I hurt my finger two years ago and wasn't able to fight. Then, Mirko lost in the first round of the (2004) Grand Prix and didn't make it far enough to fight me. I think he should have put more thought into the fight...
Please give us a message for all the fans looking forward to your fight.
Thank you very much for always supporting me. Everyone's support is very important for me. I'm also very happy that you are looking forward to my fight with Kosaka. I want to give you a good fight, one that you can be excited about. Please continue to support me. SPASIBO!