Originally Posted by Toxie
correct me if i'm wrong but aren't the klitschko bros ukrainian and not russian?? there is a big difference
Yes, they're both Ukrainian. But I think my Ukrainian friends like to over-state their differences with the Russians.
I remember going to my best friend's house for a dinner one time and hearing an hour long speech about the difference between the Ukrainian language and the Russian language.
Then again, you do have a point about the loudness. Ukrainians are more extroverted, I think.
Originally Posted by MarcV
Fedor is a very religious man. Notice he never, ever gets in anyone's face and is exceedingly respectful. Often after a submission, he helps his opponent up. I think he prays before the fight, perhaps at the stare down.
I think his simplicity is more than simply being Russian. I think he is truly a humble man. I believe that he did not join the UFC because he doesn't need or want the money; he just wants to fight to provide for his family; UFC is too flashy for him; he NEVER said he is the best in the world and seems embarrassed when asked about it.
I wish more pro athletes were like Fedor. He is a monster fighter, but a gentleman. He is not all about glorifying himself and doesn't care what people think about him. What a releif it is to see an athlete like this.
Would I LOVE to see him fight in the UFC? Absolutely! Do I respect the guy because he does what he wants and what he thinks is best for him? Yup! Dana thinks that simply because he throws lots of money at someone, that someone has an obligation to join the UFC. I don't think money motivates Fedor and Dana (and many MMA) fans cannot handle that.
I think he is a model athlete and a truly humble man. Very refreshing!
This is true too - but also of many Russians in general. Religion has become a bigger thing in today's Russia. Partially to help them deal with the tragedies that they've seen over the past century and partially as a cultural thing to show how much they reject the communist past.
I remember seeing that Coleman v. Fedor fight and thinking after how upset Coleman was - almost in tears - and then seeing Fedor help him up with the belt on. That made me really like Fedor because if it were me who lost, I would have done the same thing as Coleman.