FEDOR EMELIANENKO AS HE TRAINED IN THE MOUNTAINS
08/17/2005

We accompanied Fedor Emelianenko as he trained in the mountains for his toughest challenge yet, a match against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic in the August 28th PRIDE Grand Prix 2005 Final Round, to be held at Saitama Super Arena.

As the battle with Mirko approaches, Fedor, along with his brother Alexander, Amar Suloev and others from the Red Devil Team, bravely held their first training camp at the end of July on Mt. Elbrus, part of the Caucasus mountain range in Russia.
Fedor rarely talks about his own training but it's obvious that he's looking to reap the physical benefits of high-altitude training at this camp, including increased stamina. He was seen climbing up and down pathless mountainsides, lifting his training partner, walking steeply sloped hills, etc. He also did focus mitt training in the forest.
The camp's training facilities wasn't limited to the great outdoors. It was also equipped with a ring and a pool. Fedor's group swam and sparred, and when they finished, they went to roll around naked in the snow, as Fedor mentioned in a previous official PRIDE interview. Fedor also went swimming in an extremely cold river, fed by melting snow. This is apparently considered to be good for the health in Russia. There are team members that believe this so much that they always wear nothing but swimming trunks.
After two weeks of mountain training, Fedor headed to Holland in August to beginning his second training camp. We will continue to update Fedor's progress as he prepares for his upcoming war with Mirko Filipovic