Following Fedor Emelianenko's loss to Antonio Silva on Saturday, February 12th a report surfaced from LifeSports.ru, quoting Fedor's trainer Vladimir Voronov as saying, "We believe that forbidden psychological technology was used. It seems to us that not everything was right, and that certain technologies were used. Not ones that could be seen by the naked eye but psychological technologies that worked on both fighters at a distance."
The website continued, "That is why during the fight Fedor was just not like himself. It seemed very strange behaviour from Fedor. He stepped into the ring and did everything exactly the opposite of what we practiced before the fight. We were all shocked! Fedor had never previously done such a thing."
Recently, Voronov spoke to MixFight.ru and denied that the interview ever took place, "I was really surprised by these reports. First of all, I never gave any interviews after the fight. We were on our way out of the airport, when a boy approached me asking about Fedor's health. I answered that Fedor feels alright, and will continue to compete in MMA. So he said that it seemed like Fedor didn't feel so good. I answered that maybe it only seems so, and maybe Fedor doesn't feel so well (laughing). Then, by these two phrases this lad, who even didn't say who he was, came to a conclusion that I was talking about some sort of hypnosis. It's a total bulls**t."(translation via Lowkick.com)
Voronov also reported that Fedor would like to compete in the Russian National Sambo tournament that begins on February 25th.
Fedor has medalled in the Russian Sambo Tournament eight times, taking home six gold and two bronze medals.