Lies, all lies, I tell you!!!
That's the story coming out of the Fedor Emelianenko camp in regards to published reports of their intent to dismiss his loss to Antonio Silva on Feb. 12 by way of "psychological technologies" from the crowd.
That report came from Russian website LifeSports.ru, who quoted Fedor's SAMBO coach Vladimir Voronov as the one making claims of hypnosis and other such nefarious activities.
There's just one small problem with that.
Voronov is now claiming he never actually gave the interview. In fact, he says he hasn't given any interviews since "The Last Emperor's" crushing defeat.
So how did all this wackiness come about?
"I was really surprised by these reports. First of all, I never gave any interviews after the fight. We were on our way out of the airport, when a boy approached me asking about Fedor's health. I answered that Fedor feels alright, and will continue to compete in MMA. So he said that it seemed like Fedor didn't feel so good. I answered that maybe it only seems so, and maybe Fedor doesn't feel so well (laughing). Then, by these two phrases this lad, who even didn't say who he was, came to a conclusion that I was talking about some sort of hypnosis. It's a total bullshit."
So this entire mix up can be explained by the simple misinterpretation of the coach's words by a boy who was asking of Fedor's well-being.
There you have it.
But is the media partially to blame in all this? Was there a rush to judgment of Emelianenko's "lunatic" management and all associated?