Is Fedor Emelianenko pulling an Anderson Silva?
Back in early 2010, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen insisted "The Spider" could speak perfect English, despite his constant need for a translator.
According to Frank Trigg, so can "The Last Emperor."
"Twinkle Toes" elaborates to Rebellion MMA Radio (via Five Ounces of Pain) during a story about his Vodka-sharing exploits with the former PRIDE champion in a hotel bar:
"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."
Next up for Emelianenko is former UFC heavyweight hopeful Pedro Rizzo on June 21, 2012 at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the soft-spoken Soviet searches for his third straight victory on the International circuit.
Anyone think Fedor is trolling the fans? Or did Trigg drink so much Vodka that everything sounded like English?