It is quite common to have admiration and respect for our sports icons and the fantastic careers that they have been a part of. However, it is quite another to have that person exceed the already high expectations with a truly honest and genuine nature to complement their spectacular bouts.
Fedor Emelianenko is one of those unique sports figures who are much more than advertised. Bleacher Report recently sat down with the 33-year-old WAMMA heavyweight champion and current Strikeforce competitor, for an in depth look at the enigmatic Russian champion.
Fedor simply cannot be classified with other fighters, their personalities, or career heights at all. He is simply in a class of his own. Always with a soft-spoken, nature Fedor was gracious and generous with his answers.
Fedor spoke eloquently about several subjects that fans would like to know. Faith, career highlights, retirement and the UFC were all on the block for discussion. Fans have all wanted to know the Russian heavyweight's opinion about the fight that ripped Affliction apart when his opponent, Josh Barnett, tested positive for steroids.
Fedor has been criticized by Dana White and others for not facing what they consider to be top-ranked fighters. Fedor faces this issue directly, speaking about his opinion of his competition in Strikeforce and the promotion itself.
Fedor opens up to discuss past and future bouts alike with his fights against Rogers, his upcoming fight with Werdum, and the possibility to fight Alistair Overeem. With many wanting Fedor to face Brock Lesnar, the “Last Emperor” responds and tells us what he really thinks of the UFC.
With humility, respect, and a consummate professional attitude, Fedor was a surprise to say the least. With his stoic nature and proud heritage it is very clear that this man knows who he is. With this exclusive look inside the head and heart of possibly the greatest competitor in the sport of MMA it is our pleasure to share the journey with you.
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