Former UFC title challenger Frank Trigg has been around the sport for a long time as a fighter and announcer, and he probably has some pretty good stories. One of the more humorous ones popped up in a Rebellion MMA Radio interview recently, and it was able heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. Here's what he had to say about "The Last Emperor" (transcription via Five Ounces Of Pain):
"A lot of my stories are usually weird stuff from after parties that you really can't talk about but going to Japan a lot you really learn about a lot of different people. You see Jake Shields over there all the time, you see Gilbert Melendez over there all the time and it's just a weird situation when you're in this foreign land with all of these Americans but the most interesting thing was drinking vodka with Fedor. [We] are sitting there in the hotel bar and we're talking and we're having a great time and all of a sudden I realize that this fool speaks English.
I was like ‘Come on man, you're really going to pull this?' It's not good English or clear English but you can definitely understand it enough to talk to him. He was just like ‘Nah, I don't like doing it because I don't feel comfortable on the microphone' and we were just talking for five minutes in a straight English conversation without a translator. Then he goes ‘You know it's funny' and I go ‘What's that?' and he says ‘The more you drink vodka, the better you think your Russian is.' That was when I first started realizing how the world works."
I's hardly shocking that Fedor could speak some English. Like Anderson Silva, he just doesn't feel all that comfortable using it in front of hordes of people. As someone who has tried to learn a new language, I can definitely see where they're coming from. Still though, the thought of Fedor slamming back some vodka and going on in English is an amusing mental picture. Emelianenko will return to the ring on June 21st to take on Pedro Rizzo in Russia.