Russian Heavyweights Will Fight at Home for First Time During April 14 PPV
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, March 27 /CNW/ -- It's difficult to imagine the
two toughest brothers on the planet have never fought professionally on their
home soil. That situation will soon change. Fedor and Aleksander Emelianenko
will make their BodogFight debuts when they headline the much-anticipated
pay-per-view spectacle on April 14 at the ICE Palace in St. Petersburg,
The two heavyweights are already household names in Japan, but have
waited a long time to show off their considerable mixed martial arts skills to
their own comrades and are thrilled to finally get the opportunity.
"I will try to do my best to show a fine fight for my Russian fans," says
30-year-old Fedor. The world's number-one ranked heavyweight is scheduled to
take on American Olympic silver-medalist Matt "the Law" Lindland in
BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, Clash of the Nations.
"Our fans wished we could have fights in Russia a long time ago, so I
hope they will cheer loudly for us at the ICE Palace," he adds.
While the 230-pound Fedor (24-1) is anxious to put on a good show, he
admits he doesn't know a whole lot about his 185-pound opponent. Lindland has
a 20-4 record, but will be fighting for the first time as a heavyweight.
"I do know Matt is a good fighter who makes a strong attack when he
stands. He will also be putting on weight for this fight, so I am preparing
myself seriously at an Olympic mountain training camp in Kislovodsk," Fedor
It was Fedor's commitment to training that helped usher his younger
brother Aleksander into the sport of MMA. Instead of babysitting Aleks, who
is five years his junior, Fedor would take him along to Sambo practice.
Learning to imitate his brother's moves, Aleks soon went on to train with the
legendary Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov. Eventually, he became a two-time
Russian national Sambo champion, and a two-time world Sambo champion, and is
now ranked among the top 10 heavyweights in the world.
Fittingly, the 253-pound Aleksander (9-3) will precede his older brother
and fellow Red Devil Sport Club member into the ring as he squares off against
340-pound American Eric "Big" Pele (10-2) in a super-hot heavyweight matchup
that promises to melt the walls of the ICE Palace.
"We are thrilled to have the Emelianenko brothers fighting for BodogFight
in Russia," Bodog Entertainment Founder Calvin Ayre says. "They are true
superstars of the sport and their participation in this one-of-a-kind event
makes it an absolute must-see for all fans of MMA."
Don't miss the chance to watch these "Sons of Sambo" in action, as they
attempt to add to their already impressive MMA legacy in their beloved Russia.
Presented by BodogFight and M-1, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland,
Clash of the Nations will be available via satellite in more than 44 million
households in the United States exclusively on the Dish Network and In Demand,
and to more than 3 million households in Canada via Viewers Choice, Shaw and
Bell ExpressVu. Details available at www.BodogFight.com/ppv/.
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