With today’s fighting landscape where we see teammates competing against one another like Gokan Saki fighting Golden Glory training partner Alistair Overeem in K-1 and Carlos Condit preparing to take on Team Jackson stablemate Georges St-Pierre, you’d think that brothers competing in a combat sambo match wouldn’t be a big deal.
Apparently Fedor Emelianenko disagrees.
The former PRIDE and WAMMA heavyweight champion competed in his beloved Russian mat sport last month and when he found himself paired with younger brother Aleksander in the heavyweight final, the fix was in.
Instead of squaring off, Alecks, who is a four-time Sambo champ, embraced Fedor, allowing himself to be thrown and submitted by his brother with an armbar, in what looked more like a demo than a bout.
The brief display made Bob Sapp look like a gamer.
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Here’s what Fedor said about “winning” the championship:
“I’m glad to take part in the Russian championship,” he told RIA-Novosti. “I always try to come out here when I have no professional fights, like this time around. I think combat sambo is the best kind of martial art – it combines boxing, wrestling and sporting sambo. As for the final bout, my brother gave in to me today. He always gives in to me. Did I give 100 per cent? Let’s not talk about that today.”
Maybe his training wasn’t as intense as it was for past events.
They could have at least made it interesting for the fans who were at the event. It’s not like they haven’t sparred with each other before and they wear headgear.
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