To the Russians who know him, Fedor is not a god of MMA, but a humble man of God. Neither Fedor nor his fellow Russians will put him above God. That is very wise of them.
American MMA fans, or perhaps I should specify, UFC fans, make gods out of men whom they feel are unstoppable.
To my knowledge, Fedor Emelianenko has never claimed to be a great or unstoppable man. He is devoutly Russian Orthodox.
He has remarried and has a two-year-old daughter. A moment that I felt privileged to witness was when his little daughter was hand feeding "daddy" Fedor her peas one at a time. The last pea she had removed from her own mouth to feed to him. With no hesitation whatsoever, Daddy ate it.
How loving! What a wonderful scene to witness. Not an emperor on a throne, but a common man surrounded by his family. How anyone could call this man "arrogant" is beyond my imagination.
With Fedor, what you see is what you get. A quiet and calm individual who does not have to talk himself up or brag. He is what he is and he will not challenge anyone who does not accept him just as he is.
Let Brock fill the air with his braggadocio. Allow Dana White to question Fedor's worth.
I love a man who will not let himself be baited into a fight or war of words. I love Fedor Emelianenko. His wife and daughter are very, very lucky not to have to walk in his shadow, but to occupy a place in his heart.
Fedor has walked with Vladimir Putin. He is held in high esteem by his countrymen, yet he does not seek their approval. This is a Russian I would be very proud to know.
On Saturday night, My husband watched the show on CBS with me. He was amazed by the blows Fedor survived and how he was able to feel out Brett Rogers and wait for the most opportune moment to attack.
Like me, he was amazed at Fedor's calm acceptance of everything going on around him and the way he kept his compossure while everyone else was exploding with excitement. This was his first look at my favorite Russian and he was mightily impressed.
Throughout all the fights, we both remarked on what a good show it was and how CBS was doing a terrific job of showcasing the sport of MMA. Of course I may have prejudiced him with my opinions, but we both agreed that the CBS Saturday Night Fights were as good as and perhaps superior to the UFC fights which, consequently were being shown on Spike to detract attention from the CBS show.
Hearing our running commentary would have sent Dana White to the Coronary Care Unit, I'm sure.
After weeks of illness and stress over medical issues and tests, what a wonderful respite this was.
In the end, Fedor was everything I had told my husband he would be.
CBS and Fedor have two more fans.