In one attempt to explain away Russian heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko’s recent loss, his second in a row, one of the “The Last Emperor’s” coaches accused Emelianenko’s defeater of steroid usage.
In an interview with ValeTudo.ru (translated by BloodyElbow.com), Fedor’s striking coach Alexander Michkov levied those allegations against Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who took out Emelianenko by TKO (doctor stoppage) last Saturday night at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva.
“Think about it, how can the normal human-being gain 10 kg in 24 hours? There is something fishy here,” Michkov asserted. “The truth is, all our fighters, I am talking about Russian fighters here, that are fighting under M-1, train on their natural abilities. Of course, they take vitamins, but that’s it. At the same time, all the foreign fighters, I think about 99% of them, are taking chemicals. Obviously it was not a problem for Silva to make a weight. He weighted 264 pounds in the day of the weigh-ins, and the next day, he was already over 280, he gained 10 kg…Its very hard to fight with opponent like this.”
As MMAFighting.com’s Mike Chiappetta pointed out, M-1 fighter Kirill Sidelnikov was suspended for a year in 2009 after testing positive for steroids, invalidating Michkov’s statement. Ignoring that, Michkov also alleged that everyone in the tournament is on steroids except for Emelianenko and that Strikeforce is organizing the tournament around the likely positive test results that those fighters would turn in.
“The situation is very unclear. For example, we hear rumors that two other quarterfinals may be fought in the state that is very liberal with the testing,” he said. “Why? Because any kind of semi-deep testing will prevent Overeem from fighting. With an naked eye, you can see that he is gormandized with steroids. We asked organizers to use Olympic style testing, but they declined to do so. And that was the right decision, because otherwise, everyone will get busted but Fedor.”
Allowing for the fact that Josh Barnett and Silva have both tested positive for steroids in the past, it still seems like everyone in Fedor’s camp–with exception of the man himself–is grasping at straws to rationalize the legend’s defeat, lending credence to claims that Fedor’s team and management are the biggest factors in holding him back lately.