Originally Posted by marcthegame
Anyone Russian here? If so can you explain why Putin has been to many Fedor's fight and seems to be close with M1?
Putin is pretty heavy into martial arts and a keen supporter of it. He was successfully competing in Judo and Sambo when he was young and is an active practitioner for almost 50 years now. He has a 6th dan (6th degree black belt) in Judo and Kyokushin Karate and a "Master of Sports" rank (third highest Russian title) in Sambo. He even wrote a book on Judo. I don't know anything about any relations with M1. Putin probably likes Emelianenko just for being such a figurehead and ambassador for Russian martial arts all around the world.