If you have ever wondered what Fedor Emelienanko is thinking about as he nonchalantly strolls to the ring for a fight, you may be surprised to find that there is much more to the man than meets the eye. Bas Rutten of HDNet’s Inside MMA recently spoke with the pound-for-pound king to see what makes the mysterious Russian heavyweight tick.
When asked what he wanted to be as a kid growing up, Fedor casually responded, “I wanted to be an astronaut,” to which Bas replied, “Like Neil Armstrong?” That might not have been the best analogy to use, as Fedor immediately quipped, “No,” with a sly smile upon his face.
Fedor was then asked about his favorite subjects growing up, to which he replied, “Well I was always a very good student. I didn’t have a favorite subject, because honestly I excelled in all of them. I was good at math, literature, chemistry, all the subjects.”
When Fedor was asked if he played any instruments as a kid, Fedor surprisingly admitted, “Yeah, I went to musical school and played the accordion.”
He went on to note that while he was in school, he didn’t play any other sports other than judo and sambo.
“I went straight into judo and sambo, no other sports interested me,” he not so surprisingly stated.
Fedor, who has two daughters – a ten year old and a one year old – said that his ten year old daughter doesn’t watch him fight because she gets nervous. He also admitted to being a bit of a homebody.
“I always want to be at home,” he said. “I like to go to church, hang out with my parents. I like to be out in nature, and of course I always like to train.”
In a separate interview with Elie Seckbach of MMA Fanhouse, Fedor was asked about his thoughts on President Barack Obama. “He seems like a very intelligent, very introspective, and caring person,” Fedor noted.
“It’s always interesting when a new president and organization comes into power, because they can change some things that may have been done wrong in the past,” Fedor said, possibly hinting at his disapproval of our former commander-in-chief.
“I’m very hopeful that with him as president, our countries can continue to work together and be friendly with each other.”