Matt Hume, head trainer at the American Martial Arts Center (AMC) in Kirkland, Wash., has a different version of the diva-like bus demands that "The Voice," Michael Schiavello claims that Fedor Emelianenko made after his win over Satoshi Ishii on New Year's Eve (Dec. 21, 2011) in Saitama, Japan, at DREAM: New Year! 2011 "Genki Desu Ka!!"
"The Voice" claimed that "The Last Emperor" acted like a "bus-hogging diva" by making the rest of the competitors -- along with their trainers -- get off of the bus he was on and get on to a more crowded one after waiting for more than 90 minutes because he Emelianenko allegedly wanted his own bus.
However, according to Hume -- who has known Fedor since his Pride FC days and has been a main figure in Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) as a rule director and judge for the DREAM organization -- that simply wasn't the case.
Check out his account, as well as a video interview, after the jump:
"What really happened is that Fedor was doing interviews and everyone was waiting on two buses and Fedor was to get on one of those buses and go back and both buses were waiting for him. Everyone else had finished their press. Of course, Fedor is very popular in Japan he had not finished his press yet they were still keeping him there so everyone was staying there waiting. So Fedor, asked if they could let the people who wanted to get back to their hotel go. So Fedor, very graciously, said, 'Hey why don't you just let those guys go home.' So they asked us to get on one bus and there was plenty of room on one bus for everybody. One bus was just going to take Fedor back later. I've known Fedor for years and years and probably would have drove the bus back for us, he is such a good nice guy."
DREAM Bantamweight Grand Prix winner Bibiano Fernandes, who was one of the fighters that was allegedly booted from Fedor's bus, also chimed in on the issue:
"Fedor have good heart, very good guy. Wow, believe that he would never do something like that. That's the life. It's not true, coach tell the truth to the story and that's it."
Can we consider the "Fedor is a bus-hogging diva" matter closed?
For another look at "Bus-gate" check out TKO Tom's FanPost here.