When it was revealed yesterday that Fedor Emelianenko is one of 58 candidates named in a Russian internal election primary for the United Russian Party in the Belgorod region, fans worldwide feared that MMA’s baddest heavyweight would promptly pick politics over punching.
Nyet, says Evgeni Kogan, M-1 Global’s director of operations. Kogan told Sherdog.com on Friday afternoon that Emelianenko was extremely humbled when he heard the news, however it’s business as usual in regards to his fighting career.
“He will easily be able to do both,” Kogan stated. “There has never been talk of one replacing the other.”
According to M-1 Global, Fedor’s longtime management team, the June 25th primary elections are the first step towards identifying one candidate to represent the party in national elections. If Emelianenko were to advance in the balloting, he would then go up against other parties’ nominees for a seat in the country’s regional Parliament.
The 33-year-old was nominated alongside two politicians from the Belgorod region – governor Yevgeny Savchenko and senator Andrei Scotch. Emelianenko is among 24 new candidates added to this year’s ballot.
Emelianenko’s immediate future has him facing Fabricio Werdum at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” on June 26th inside the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.