Russian heavyweight MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko has long been a respected figure in the sport, especially by his peers. Though plenty have questioned the legitimacy of his legacy lately considering his dismal run in Strikeforce, Emelianenko himself has always been praised as a gentleman and true competitor.
However, longtime MMA and kickboxing commentator Michael “The Voice” Schiavello recently offered an opinion to the contrary. Having called Emelianenko’s New Year’s Eve fight against the undersized and under-experienced Satoshi Ishii at DREAM’s Genki Desu Ka!! over the weekend, Schiavello revealed a fresh and firsthand look at Emelianenko acting like a prima donna through his Twitter account.
thanks to all who watched our 9 HOUR live DREAM show! It was FUN!!!
BTW Fedor is SUCH a DIVA! Other fighters & us sat on bus for about 90 min after show because Fedor apparently needs a bus all to himself!
Even Bibi Fernandes and his team were booted off the second bus because “that is Fedor’s bus”, mind you these are like 70 seat tour buses!
seriously, it was just plain RUDE. Fighters want to get to their hotel we ALL HAD TO WAIT & Bibi had to clear off the Fedor bus
If greats like Hoost, JLB, Sefo, Schilt, Hunt, Hug, Aerts etc can all bus share, Fedor can too.
fancy booting Bibi Fernandes & his team off ONE BUS and onto the other more crowded one. Dude just won the B/W GP! #rude
Not to mention sitting there for 90 mins on a bus at 1230am waiting, waiting, waiting…
I get the “special treatment” thing but hey, hire a small private van or a limousine, I’v seen that done before. Don’t keep others waiting
sucked that I had to wait but more so guys who had fought their hearts out — Bibi, Banuelos, Saadulaev etc waiting 90 min!
It has long been hypothesized that Emelianenko’s notorious management team, M-1 Global, have held Emelianenko back and at times given him a negative image by using his high-profile status to wage one-sided negotiations and make over-the-top demands. Whether this incident was prompted by M-1 or not, Schiavello astutely pointed out that a fighter is his management and M-1’s actions reflect on him, in most cases poorly.