HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Fedor Emelianenko's media workout before his bout with Dan Henderson was unlike any open workout I've attended. Normally, fighters do some light shadow boxing, hit pads with their trainers, and maybe do some light grappling. Usually, it's just enough to break a sweat and give photographers an opportunity to snap interesting pictures. It's a casual environment, and most of the fighters on Saturday's Strikeforce cards followed this script.
Until Fedor walked in. Before he even started warming up, the room took a different tone, and he didn't look like the same man who had lost to Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva. In a near-silent room, Emelianenko went through calisthenics then hit pads with an unnerving intensity. See for yourself:A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.
Few people talked as Fedor went through his workout, and if they did, it was at a whisper. He showed off the striking and speed that made him one of the best fighters in history; the striking and speed that were absent in his last two fights.
If there was any lingering doubts about Fedor's desire to fight after his winning streak was broken, they should be completely erased.