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Old 08-25-2009, 03:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Why does Fedor always look down before fights?

hey guys, i've noticed that everyone except fedor does this huge stare down before fights. why does fedor never do this? he is always looking at the ground when walking up to fight.

does anyone know what is going through his head? has he ever mentioned much on it?

he's always just so calm and stoic.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Fedor isn't the only one, Shogun doesn't do it either.

Anyway, I guess he just tries to calm down before the fight starts and focus on what he's going to do. The point of giving your opponent a vicious staredown is to make him intimidated, so what's the point for Fedor to do it, no fighter is more scary than him anyway. Also, I don't think he would be that good at staredowns, the guy looks like Santa Claus without the beard. His reputation is much more scary than his looks.
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hey guys, i've noticed that everyone except fedor does this huge stare down before fights. why does fedor never do this? he is always looking at the ground when walking up to fight.

does anyone know what is going through his head? has he ever mentioned much on it?

he's always just so calm and stoic.
To understand Fedor you have to understand Russian culture and the Russian people.

Fedor is a thinker and as a Russian tends to be somber and reserved. Loud people are usually looked down upon in Russia because being reserved is a respected trait.


Also, the reason that most people do these staredowns, I think, is because of impatience to fight. You're so worked up about everything you even want to fight with your eyes. Fedor, like the Russian people in general, is extremely patient. If you do business in Russia, you'll notice that Fedor's demeanor is a product, mostly, of his culture.
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Old 08-25-2009, 07:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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nice culture lesson, Tom. that explains a lot.

when i was in high school in the 90's there was this huge russian immagration to my town and like 20 new russian kids one year from 9th to 12th grade. some had to be in an ESL class, while others knew enough English to have classes with us. There was this one kid Alexei who was in a lot of my classes; he was fun and all, but so reserved, stoic and calm mostly, even with his Russian friends. it was kind of creepy to the rest of the school (because i went to a ghetto school with 85% poor black/latino kids.. they kind of stood out.) now i understand the huge culture clash!
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back to the discussion at hand.... most times i've noticed when someone expects you to look them in the eye and you don't, it gives you the appearance weak or scared because you could not meet their gaze. this may be a simple mind game; mess with their head and you've already started to win.
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Fedor wants to be fair and not make the person pass out with fright by looking at them during the stare down and stealing their souls. He's juts being a sweethert.
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Fedor looks down because he is humble!

Fedor is a very religious man. Notice he never, ever gets in anyone's face and is exceedingly respectful. Often after a submission, he helps his opponent up. I think he prays before the fight, perhaps at the stare down.

I think his simplicity is more than simply being Russian. I think he is truly a humble man. I believe that he did not join the UFC because he doesn't need or want the money; he just wants to fight to provide for his family; UFC is too flashy for him; he NEVER said he is the best in the world and seems embarrassed when asked about it.

I wish more pro athletes were like Fedor. He is a monster fighter, but a gentleman. He is not all about glorifying himself and doesn't care what people think about him. What a releif it is to see an athlete like this.

Would I LOVE to see him fight in the UFC? Absolutely! Do I respect the guy because he does what he wants and what he thinks is best for him? Yup! Dana thinks that simply because he throws lots of money at someone, that someone has an obligation to join the UFC. I don't think money motivates Fedor and Dana (and many MMA) fans cannot handle that.

I think he is a model athlete and a truly humble man. Very refreshing!

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Just doesnt want to look the dude he is about to fight eye to eye before they throwdown.....

Maybe he doesnt want to feel bad for the guy.....

Seriously alot of fighters do it and its mainly IMO to avoid mind phuckin yourself.....some people believe in small stuff like that...


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Old 08-25-2009, 10:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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...In my opinion, Fedor has the best mental game in MMA along with Machida. These following statements pretty much says it all. Fedor stated this on his pre-fight interview on Banned.
..."Before the fight I concentrate on my inner self. I think about something I like. I try to think about good things and that helps me. Everytime I win, all of these things and all of those events, I was getting ready for them. At that moment I think about my team because it's not just my work, training and my techniques, it's about the team that stands with me. It's my country, my friends and the people who support me. My coach and everyone else who contributes to that victory".

...Humbleness, honesty, discipline, positive thoughts and gratitude. I think that is what makes Fedor tick. Mr. Emelianenko is pure class and nothing less...
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To understand Fedor you have to understand Russian culture and the Russian people.

Fedor is a thinker and as a Russian tends to be somber and reserved. Loud people are usually looked down upon in Russia because being reserved is a respected trait.


Also, the reason that most people do these staredowns, I think, is because of impatience to fight. You're so worked up about everything you even want to fight with your eyes. Fedor, like the Russian people in general, is extremely patient. If you do business in Russia, you'll notice that Fedor's demeanor is a product, mostly, of his culture.

This is really a good post and very accurate in describing Russian people in general...

I have 4 brokers that are Russian and they are all the same way....very stoic and serious and everything they do is very calculated.....

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