Fighters.com Heavyweight Champion â€śLast Emperorâ€ť Fedor Emelianenkoâ€™s (31-1) trainer, Vladimir Voronov, appeared on cable television station Russia Today Wednesday to talk about Emelianenko and Voronovâ€™s first meeting with the worldâ€™s top heavyweight.
â€śI saw a halo over his head,â€ť Voronov told Russia Today about his first meeting with Emelianenko 20 years ago. â€śHe was the chosen one.â€ť About Emelianenkoâ€™s work ethic, Voronov said, â€ťOvercoming laziness and tiredness, that is his way.â€ť
Russia Today profiled the martial arts school run by Voronov and Nikolay Belousov where Emelianenko began his martial arts training, showing training dummies designed by Emelianenko only to be split open by â€śThe Last Emperorâ€ť, stuffing hanging out as a new generation of martial arts students trained with them.
Aleksander Emelianenko (12-3), Fedorâ€™s brother, also appeared and claimed, â€śIâ€™m in the worldâ€™s top ten.â€ť Emelianenko made a successful boxing debut in October, but said, â€śIâ€™ll keep competing in combat sambo and mix fights, and competing in boxing on the side.â€ť
Aleks claimed he and Fedor were so poor as children that they only ate potatoes and told a story about killing a bear with a knife â€śfor funâ€ť, then eating it.
When confronted by the interviewer that his tattoos are prison-related, Aleks Emelianenko responded, â€śI think itâ€™s just your delusion,â€ť and later claimed, â€śI spend half of my earnings on childrenâ€™s homes.â€ť