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Emelianenko motivated to represent himself in U.S.

For years, Fedor Emelianenko has left his mark on competitors from around the globe. But now, the Ukrainian-born star he wants to represent in the U.S.

Updated: May 26, 2007, 12:12 PM ET
By Josh Gross | Sherdog.com

A yard away, the sound of it mimicked kids belly-flopping onto balled up bubble wrap.

For those of us sitting a good 25 rows above the five-roped ring inside a packed Yokohama Arena in the suburbs of Tokyo, Fedor Emelianenko's rocket of a right hand against PRIDE Fighting Championships' heavyweight titleholder Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira detonated like a shotgun blast.

Four years and 14 wins later, the Russian Emelianenko, widely regarded by mixed martial arts watchers as the ...

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