Once upon a time they put on one of the most dramatic Heavyweight fights in MMA history, but these days Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic are tearing into each other in the press like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards feuding before announcing yet another Stones tour.
Fedor started the fun with some comments about Cro Cop's most recent fight, a submission loss to Alexey Oleinik at Legend 2 in Russia:
"Something happened to him," said Fedor. "And he does not have either the physical condition or mental attitude."
"There is something that broke in him and he is not the same fighter as he was before. This is evident on his style of fighting and on his look during the fight. I don't know how to explain... You know when a person goes into the ring to win, or at least not to lose. I mean, when a fighter is ready and goes to fight than it can be seen by his look. Regardless of whether he gets hit or not, he goes forward and regardless of whether he wins or loses, he wants to go forward, and it is clear from his burning eyes."
Cro Cop took to Facebook to reply, but only after setting his phaser on nuclear blast (translated by Middle Easy):
"Fedor commented on me and today I read a comment from his eminent brother. It's little to say that I truly respected and liked them both since the time when we fought together in Japan, but that respect is now gone. Alexander, who probably caused all the scandal and manfully beat up a 63 years old just so that he doesn't have to enter the ring with me, I won't comment too much because the sport is often looked down on because of guys like him, and besides, he doesn't deserve much of a comment. But Fedor was a grave disappointment. If Fedor fought in my city, I'd come to his hotel, take him out for dinner, have a talk with him, and if I had to tell him something I'd tell it to his face and not talk over newspapers.
After all, we're 'brothers in arms' and we bled together in Japanese rings, and had a fight that many consider as the best in MMA history, and he not only didn't have the audacity to say hello, even before the fight in the locker room, but he commented on me that I'm this and that, this wasn't the Fedor that I used to know. Every one of his losses fell hard on me, as if it were my own, and this same man then says publicly that he doesn't know what keeps me fighting, that I'm not in shape and such things. Everyone has the right for an opinion, but until then I'm shedding my own blood, enduring the torture and pain, the decision is mine, it's my thing for how long I'll fight and why I fight. About the fight, I'm sick because of the loss, but I'm glad that I broke the blockade in my head that I had about grappling through my entire career and I'm glad that I tried to go for a guillotine and after that for a triangle. Sadly, I wasn't able to get it around him, cause if I did he'd be choked out. If I was able to get both legs together, and it was close, I would have finished him and it would have been 'Great job, champ!' 'Awesome!' 'You're in great shape!' But like this, it's just gonna be spitting all over me and this and that."
Nice to see everyone is maturing as the years go by.
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