MMA  > General MMA  > Fedor's striking
June 1, 2012, 11:45 AM
This is a must read, especially for the people who think Fedor's striking is wild.

http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2012/5/31/3053056/fedor-emelia nenko-striking-technique-pride
June 1, 2012  12:22 PM ET

interesting site....according to them, Fedor is apparently ABOUT to fight Bigfoot in 2011....not exactly accurate, are they?

June 1, 2012  01:51 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

interesting site....according to them, Fedor is apparently ABOUT to fight Bigfoot in 2011....not exactly accurate, are they?

Where is that?

By the way, Bloody Elbow is one of the best and most respected MMA websites in the world.

2nd only to "Loki MMA", of course.

June 1, 2012  01:53 PM ET

The article is very interesting and the author obviously knows how to analyze striking.

I have to say I don't particularly agree with Fedor's footwork as being brilliant. Menacing yes, but not technically brilliant, for he often backwards with the front foot (example).

But I guess nobody has a perfect striking game and his was obviously pretty good, both in terms of power and technique.

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June 1, 2012  02:37 PM ET
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He's not perfect but he's much more technical than people give him credit for.

I guess that having a more feared ground game makes his striking seem less impressive in comparison.

I also think that some fighters were shy with their hands against Fedor (see Filipovic, Mirko) for fear of getting clinched and taken down.

June 4, 2012  12:25 AM ET

Very interesting read.

Some of this I was familiar with, I remember how amazed I was by Fedor's style of blocking punches. That style of trying to parry violently and turning your hand over in the block (similar to the Russian hook punch) really works so much better in MMA than a wing block like boxing employs. You can turn your head too and your shoulder/armpit protect more than 75% of your head.

The only real problem with it though is a big one: it is very hard to fire counter strikes after this violent turning of your arm. And it puts you in a strange awkward position for movement as well.

But what is really impressive about Fedor's striking isn't really touched on much here. It isn't the Jabs, the hooks, the kicks or the knees. It is all about his incredible timing. From the hand trapping to the fade away hooks, it all stems from explosive speed and the timing to know when to put these violent strikes on target. Being able to judge distance, understand yours and your opponents speed and how they relate to one another, and use tape study come all together in the striking of The Last Emperor.

June 4, 2012  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Where is that?By the way, Bloody Elbow is one of the best and most respected MMA websites in the world.2nd only to "Loki MMA", of course.

on Fedor's page....it's like they lost interest in keeping his page updated after he lost to Werdum....

 
June 4, 2012  09:51 AM ET
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on Fedor's page....it's like they lost interest in keeping his page updated after he lost to Werdum....

Do bear in mind that it's a link to SB Nation.

Still bad though, wherever it is.

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