Опубликовано: 5 июл 2021
There were times when Fedor Emelianenko destroyed the best fighters in the world, but at the same time in Russia almost no one talked about this. Winning the championship belt in a fight with Noguera, a victory in the Grand Prix of the heavyweights, a superfight with Cro Cop - none of these epoch-making events even earned a spot in the sports news on Federal TV. Only a handful of hardcore fans from one and a half MMA sites followed the success of The Last Emperor.
Everything began to change in mid-2005, when the creator of M-1 Global, Vadim Finkelstein, was able to promote a number of fights from the Pirde tournaments on the NTV channel. Fedor began to gain recognition, the press and the number of his fans began to grow by leaps and bounds.And after just a couple of years, Emelianenko's first fight in Russia in the status of a superstar of the Japanese promotion was sold out at the Ice Palace in St. Petersburg, where they even had to open additional tiers to accommodate spectators. It happened on April 14, 2007, at the Bodog Fight Clash of The Nations tournament.
Fedor's rival was UFC star veteran, Olympic silver medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling, American Matt Lidland, whose name in those days meant a lot to fans of mixed martial arts.
On his account there were 20 victories in 24 fights and many scalps of defeated eminent rivals. He was a well-deserved, experienced and dangerous opponent, and therefore there could be no underestimation of the opponent either on the part of Fedor or on the part of his fans.