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Old 11-21-2008, 03:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Fedor Says Quit Buggin About His Sambo Loss

http://www.cagepotato.com/2008/11/21...is-sambo-loss/

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“My Bulgarian opponent wasn’t a surprise,” said Emelianenko through an interpreter. “I always understand there could be the possibility of losing a bout. My opponent was European champion in combat sambo. But for me, sambo is a hobby. I enjoy participating in the sport, but it’s a different sport. It’s a sport scored based on throws and being taken to the ground. That’s happened to me in MMA with [Kazuyuki] Fujita and [Antonio Rodrigo] Nogueira. It’s not my occupation or my work, which is MMA. I think the result would be different under MMA rules.”
..Fedor vs. bulgarian in MMA (TKO rd.1)
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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He has a point, it's really not that big of a deal.
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So much for the claims that the contract negotiations with Zuffa broke down over Sambo, his hobby.
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Didn't the guy almost beat him the last time they fought? Anyway, who's making a big deal out of this?
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Old 11-21-2008, 03:54 PM   #5 (permalink)
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So much for the claims that the contract negotiations with Zuffa broke down over Sambo, his hobby.
how does this disprove those claims? im not sure i'd take a new job, even a great one, if it meant i had to quit my favorite hobby.

i think he simply meant that he doesn't work as hard at sambo, and perhaps it's not his primary talent, so the loss doesn't mean much in regard to his MMA career.
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how does this disprove those claims? im not sure i'd take a new job, even a great one, if it meant i had to quit my favorite hobby.

i think he simply meant that he doesn't work as hard at sambo, and perhaps it's not his primary talent, so the loss doesn't mean much in regard to his MMA career.
that's fedor choice, but we all gotta make sacrifices for a job...fighting in the ufc apparently met that little to fedor that he wasn't even willing to give up his hobby
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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that's fedor choice, but we all gotta make sacrifices for a job...fighting in the ufc apparently met that little to fedor that he wasn't even willing to give up his hobby
perhaps because he felt it was an unreasonable request? i work in IT and if my boss told me I couldn't do other computer-related stuff outside of work I would probably tell him to go stuff it, because next to MMA, computers are my primary hobby.

And when fedor says hobby, remember that's a translation and we don't know what connotations are being lost in the interpretation.

but we do know for a fact that he is a national sambo hero in a country where sambo is practically the national sport. so while he may not make a lot of money on it, it clearly is very important and a big part of who he is- regardless of whether its his career or hobby.

i personally think its retarded that dana wouldn't let him compete anyway, he had no problem with letting guys like tito and hughes compete in ADCC for example. Perhaps its just striking sports he is concerned about. or perhaps its a new-ish introduction to UFC contract stipulations.
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sounds like he is making excuses which is kinda dissapointing, Fedor never struck me as the excuse making kind.
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I agree with HexRei and Toxic that does not sound like hes making an excuse at all.
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how does this disprove those claims? im not sure i'd take a new job, even a great one, if it meant i had to quit my favorite hobby.

i think he simply meant that he doesn't work as hard at sambo, and perhaps it's not his primary talent, so the loss doesn't mean much in regard to his MMA career.
Obviously it doesn't disprove them, since none of us know for sure why they broke down. It's just funny to hear Fedor talk about Sambo as a hobby, something he does for fun.
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