Chael Sonnen says future opponent Fedor Emelianenko’s fights in Japan were “fixed” and “fake.”
It hasn’t taken long for Chael Sonnen to take aim at Fedor Emelianenko, ahead of their matchup in the semi finals of the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix. Emelianenko advanced to the semifinals after defeating Frank Mir by first round knockout this past weekend. Sonnen, who defeated Rampage Jackson in January to advance to the next round of the grand prix, met Fedor in the cage following his win for a slightly awkward, yet interesting staredown.
Sonnen talked about his fight with Fedor on his podcast, and why he feels the Russian’s fights in Japan were “fixed” and “fake.”
“You won’t say anything about me, but I will say something about you — I don’t accept your wins in Japan. The referee was wearing an earpiece, you never had a weigh-in, you never had a commission. Anyone that came over from Japan to America has a losing record. Why? I’ll tell you because the fights over here are real and they are fixed in Japan.” (transcript via MMA Nytt)
Emelianenko spent numerous years fighting in Japan, defeating household names in MMA, like Mirko Cro Cop and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, when he fought for Pride FC. Despite this, Sonnen is not buying that those wins were legit.
“Fedor would greatly be offended if I said that he had a fake fight. I have said this to Cro Cop who was offended, he couldn’t believe that I said it. Wanderlei Silva couldn’t believe I said it, that guy is crazy.
“The guy that is going to go over in professional wrestling will sit down in the same room as the guy that’s going to put him over and then work out the match. What they did in Japan was they only told one guy. So the guys that were going to win, your Cro Cop’s, your Wanderlei’s, your Fedor’s, they were never in the room when the guy that was your promoter, also known as the Yakuza, also known as the Japanese mafia, walks in the room and tells the opponent when to go down.”
Sonnen (30-15-1) will face Emelianenko (37-5, 1 NC) in the semi finals of the Grand Prix later this year. In the other semi final, Matt Mitrione will take on the the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Muhammed Lawal, which takes place at Bellator 199 on May 12th.