There is a story making the rounds on the internet this week that I have resisted reacting to, but cannot ignore any longer…

In a recent ultimate fighting match whereby  Fedor Emelianenko lost for the third time in his career, to Antonio Silva, Fedor’s training camp have been quoted as saying that hypnosis and “forbidden psychological warfare” were used to ensure their man lost!

Read the original article here. You will need to put the url into a translator unless you read Russian (I recommend the Russian to English URL translator of Babel on this page). Fedor’s trainer Vladimir Voronov told

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,”

“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.”

The article also states that specialists from “Russia’s largest schools of hypnosis” have confirmed this theory: “If a well-trained specialist is in the area of visual contact with Emelianenko, then he could convince him of anything and have any effect. If the hypnotist was set up and sat at a distance where he could meet eyes, he could make hypnotic influence without any big problems.”

Fedor, who suffered his second consecutive loss in the bout, has not made any comment as to either of these theories. Instead, I am going to make a couple of comments about these theories…

What silliness!

If Russia’s largest schools of hypnosis really suggested that this was possible, then how on earth did they become the largest schools?? Russia has a history of very valuable contributors to the field of psychology and hypnosis and so I wonder if this statement is true that they really did think this was possible.

I have limited time today, so I’m not going to go on and on about how incorrect myths and misconceptions are being perpetuated here, but I am certain you regular readers can see them for yourself!

Have a great weekend. I’ll leave you with a picture of a child doing an illegal Mesmer stare, the kind of which was used in this story: