Опубликовано: 15 авг 2021
On May 25, 2013 in Moscow, a mixed martial arts tournament was held on a grand scale under the auspices of the Legend promotion.
The main event of the tournament was the fight of Alexander Emelianenko. Which in many media was presented as his return to professional sports. After an unexpected defeat to Jeff Monson at the 2012 M-1 Challenge 35, Alexander started talking about a possible retirement. For several months after that, the Russian fighter spent in the Athos monastery in Greece. According to Emelianenko, it was the advice and blessing of the elders that pushed him to continue his sports career. And six months later, he again entered the mixed martial arts arena.
But a very odious and colorful opponent was picked up for him. Bob Sapp, nicknamed the Beast, had a rowdy and controversial reputation in the martial arts world. A former American football player, since 2002, he has successfully appeared at the Pride and K-1 tournaments, where his monstrous appearance, charisma and rage enchanted Japanese fans. Having made a name for himself in the land of the rising sun, Sapp went on tour around the world in 2009, and there his aura began to fade slowly, because Bob suffered one setback after another. The American giant, weighing one and a half centners, approached the duel with Alexander with 11 defeats in a row, but at the same time he played his image 100%. He tried to get into a fight at the weigh-in, constantly took on a very formidable look and gave extremely frightening interviews with loud statements, apparently calling on all his experience in Japanese wrestling to help in order to raise the degree of interest in the upcoming fight. But this time the battle was more than real, and his opponent was clearly not going to joke.