Fedor’s goofy punching technique does a great job of knocking people the fuck out, but it also has the side-effect of turning his hands to mush. So it wasn’t much of a surprise to hear that he’d once again busted one of his mitts up on Saturday night. Fortunately, fears that he might be out for up to half of a year were unfounded:
Emelianenko, 33, was initially thought to have sustained tendon or ligament damage in his left thumb during his second-round TKO victory over Brett Rogers at Strikeforce/M-1 Global “Fedor vs. Rogers” at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. The potentially serious injury could have called for complicated surgery and might have kept the world’s No. 1 heavyweight out of training for an estimated 4-6 months.
Instead, the fighter’s reps said two pins were placed in Emelianenko’s hand to correct the dislocation, and that the bone had not fractured nor broken through the skin as is possible with this type of injury. The 15-minute procedure was performed under general anesthesia at a Santa Monica hospital, said M-1 Global officials.
Also less of an issue than originally thought: Fedor’s nose, which isn’t broken despite what you may have heard. And now the Fedor train is expected to continue as originally planned with another fight sometime early 2010.