Following his New Year’s Eve DREAM victory over Satoshi Ishii, it was reported by color commentator Michael Schiavello that Fedor Emelianenko and his M-1 Global entourage were making onerous demands and inconveniencing the other fighters who competed on the card.
As Schiavello put it:
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. … No hate, I love Fedor’s style of fighting, huge fan, just saying the diva bus demand was harsh on other fighters waiting to go. Trouble is that management reflects on their clients, hence this reflects on Fedor.
Well, as there are often more sides to any given story than just the one shown, Bibiano Fernandes and trainer Matt Hume spoke recently with LowKick to give their account of what happened that night at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
“There were a lot of languages going on that night: Russian to Japanese, Portuguese, English. So, I think something got lost in translation there,” Hume said. “But, what really happened was that Fedor was in doing interviews, and everyone was waiting on the two buses, and Fedor was to get on one of those buses and go back. So, both buses were waiting for him. Everybody else had finished their press, but, of course, Fedor is very popular in Japan, he had not finished his press yet, and they were still keeping him there. So, everybody was staying there waiting. So, Fedor asked if they could let the people go who wanted to get back to their hotel. Very graciously, Fedor said, ‘Hey, why don’t you let those guys go home.’ So, they did ask us to move onto one bus, which there was plenty of room on the one bus for everybody, and then one bus would stay and take Fedor back later. I’ve known Fedor for years and years, and he probably would have drove the bus back for us, he’s such a good, nice guy.”
Check out the full video interview with Hume and Fernandes below: