At a Strikeforce conference call last week Russian heavyweight star Fedor Emelianenko stated that Shane Carwin was a, “good fighter,” and someone he’d be interested in training with.

Reacting to the news on the UG forum yesterday, Carwin left little doubt that the feeling was mutual.

“I would be honored to train with Fedor. After seeing his CBS special I was impressed with the isolation and hardcore and yet raw training I saw,” Carwin said.

The former UFC interim heavyweight champion also noted that this wasn’t the first contact he’d had from ‘The Last Emperor’.

“Fedor has been a good guy to me. After the Lesnar fight he sent me some very kind words that put things into perspective. He is a great guy and a great fighter.”

Carwin, who currently trains at the highly regarded Grudge Training Centre in Colorado, an affiliate of Jacksons MMA, also revealed that he had already been planning to take his preparations for his next fight further afield anyway.

“I am going to be traveling for training this time around. I want to take in as much MMA as I can. I hope to make it out to Duke Rufus’s and maybe even a trip to Russia if all things go as planned.”

At this stage Carwin’s next opponent is not known, though he is believed to be penciled in to fight at UFC 131 in June.