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5 Oz. Video: Shawn Tompkins says he “doesn’t buy the Freddie Roach thing” is currently in Anaheim, Calif. to cover Affliction and M-1’sDay of Reckoning” event that is scheduled for this Saturday. During the event’s pre-fight press conference in Los Angeles, the site conducted an exclusive video interview with famed MMA trainer Shawn Tompkins.

During the course of the interview, Tompkins discusses the positives and negatives of having multiple fighters under his guidance preparing for the same fight card as well as offering his predictions for DOR’s main event between WAMMA heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

Towards the end of the interview, Tompkins also offers his thoughts on famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach’s influence on Arvloski’s training.

“I don’t think there is any kind of training in traditional boxing that is going to help him prepare for Fedor,” he told interviewer Sam Caplan. “I don’t think it’s going to help him. I don’t buy the Freddie Roach thing.”

The interview can be seen in its entirety below.

  • darkmetal says:

    Sure, but it seems like we are seeing a trend lately in boxing technique winning MMA matches. Just ask Badr Hari. I am sure he wasn’t even aware of what a “counter” was prior to being KO’d. Boxing alone won’t win these matches, but certainly a strong boxing game can help an MMA fighter keep distance and pick apart an opponent.

    I still think that Fedor will probably win, as he can and will take Arlovski down. There is where his power is. But if Arlovski can evade and be extremely elusive, almost anything is possible.

  • Steven says:

    It seems boxing is becoming more important, but mainly because of agreements made before the fight between fighers that they won’t go down. I have to agree that improving his boxing won’t do anything to help him beat Fedor. Simply because Fedor will force the fight in whatever direction he needs to win (i.e. take down).

  • mrw420 says:

    Looks like that boxing training didn’t help in the long run. He had a good run going then lost his game plan. That’s MMA for ya, though.


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