Following the NYE Dream show, event commentator Mike Schiavello went to twitter to vent some frustrations regarding his perception of M-1's transportation demands.
Lots of Fedor love after Ishii win. Back to back for Fedor but I’d like to see a true test of his current mettle against a better name
BTW Fedor is SUCH a DIVA! Other fighters & us sat on bus for about 90 min after show because Fedor apparently needs a bus all to himself! Even Bibi Fernandes and his team were booted off the second bus because "that is Fedor’s bus," mind you these are like 70 seat tour buses!
Seriously, it was just plain RUDE. Fighters want to get to their hotel we ALL HAD TO WAIT & Bibi had to clear off the Fedor bus. If greats like Hoost, JLB, Sefo, Schilt, Hunt, Hug, Aerts etc can all bus share, Fedor can too.
Fancy booting Bibi Fernandes & his team off ONE BUS and onto the other more crowded one. Dude just won the B/W GP! Not to mention sitting there for 90 mins on a bus at 1230am waiting, waiting, waiting… I get the "special treatment" thing but hey, hire a small private van or a limousine, I’ve seen that done before. Don’t keep others waiting.
Andy Hug was a far bigger star in Japan than Fedor and I never once knew Andy to order his own bus & clear out others. Fact. No hate, I love Fedor’s style of fighting, huge fan, just saying the diva bus demand was harsh on other fighters waiting to go.
- Micheal Schiavello's twitter account
Given that Schiavello's anger originally targeted Fedor and M-1, Tim Sylvia gave his opinion on the matter.
I don’t think it’s fedor I think it’s his people. He is not like that at all.
- Tim Sylvia's twitter account
Mike promptly responded.
Thanks Tim, I think so too. Trouble is that management reflects on their clients, hence this reflects on Fedor.
- Michael Schiavello's twitter account
Some claim that the situation stems from a misunderstanding and that Fedor and his camp did not want to make others wait in a bus while the M-1 fighter carried out interviews; as a consequence, they reportedly offered occupants the possibility to join another bus which departed earlier.
UPDATE: link to another source stating that the situation originated from a misunderstanding http://www.mmamania.com/2012/1/4/2681263/fedor-is-not-a-diva-he-is-still-the-kind-soul-we-all-knew-he-was