The Ultimate Fighting Championship has taken a “full steam ahead” mentality with women’s mixed martial arts. Fedor Emelianenko (pictured), the most decorated heavyweight in the game’s history, has not hopped aboard the bandwagon.
Emelianenko has an old school approach when it comes to the role women should play in society – pretty much the barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen philosophy.
“I respect the girls who defend the country’s honor at the Olympics, in wrestling, boxing … But I do not support female MMA,” Emelianenko stated in a recent interview (translated by MixedMartialArts.com). “A woman must be a domestic goddess, raise her children and be feminine. There a lot of different sports which help her in that. But MMA is not one of them.”
In January, reigning UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey confessed to having a crush on her idol Emelianenko – joking that she wouldn’t mind having 57 babies with the Russian. However, “The Last Emperor’s” latest comments will have Rousey doing an about-face.
In just three fights in the UFC in under 16 months, Rousey has become the sport’s biggest mainstream superstar.
Emelianenko made his claim to fame for his vast accomplishments in Japan’s PrideFC in the early-mid 2000′s. At one stage during his illustrious career, Emelianenko had rattled off 27 consecutive Ws.
He hung up his gloves in June 2012 with a 35-4 (1 NC) professional record.
Here is Emelianenko’s interview, but it’s all in Russian:
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