22 Jun 2009 10:33:54 AM
(Still the master of the just-woke-up-and-ready-for-murder look.)
The next stop on Aleksander Emelianenko’s “I Totally Don’t Have Hepatitis” tour is reportedly set for September 29 in South Korea, where he’ll meet Blagoi Ivanov, the Bulgarian fighter who defeated his brother Fedor in the World Combat Sambo Championships in November. The fight is scheduled to go down in the newly-formed Fighter Mania Championship (or, if you prefer, the FMC) in Seoul, and the hook here is fairly obvious. Aleks attempts to exact revenge on the man who embarrassed his brother in Sambo by beating him in MMA and maybe also infecting him with a blood-borne disease. Ivanov is supposed to be making his MMA debut against Kazuyuki Fujita at Sengoku 8 on August 2, but apparently the FMC promoters are betting he’ll be fine to compete again less than two months later.
You have to give Ivanov this much, for a guy with zero professional experience in MMA he’s certainly diving into deep waters right away. Fujita and Aleks Emelianenko may not be at the top of anyone’s heavyweight list, but they’re both experienced, dangerous opponents. It seems we’ll find out in a hurry whether winning a Sambo tournament makes you an instantly credible MMA fighter. Our guess is no, it probably doesn’t.