Sonnen Alleges Fedor’s Wins In PRIDE Weren’t Legit

While many view Fedor Emelianenko as one of the all time greats in MMA, his opponent in the Bellator heavyweight grand prix semi-finals, is not one of them.

On his podcast, Sonnen claimed that he doesn’t put a lot of stock in Fedor’s wins while competing for PRIDE and other Japanese MMA promotions, due to the potential of fight fixing.

“You won’t say anything about me, but I will say something about you — I don’t accept your wins in Japan. The referee was wearing an earpiece, you never had a weigh-in, you never had a commission,” Sonnen said on his You’re Welcome podcast.

” Anyone that came over from Japan to America has a losing record. Why? I’ll tell you because the fights over here are real, and they are fixed in Japan.”

Sonnen, who has some experience in the world of pro wrestling, believes that Fedor’s fights were more sports entertainment than actual sport.

“The guy that is going to go over in professional wrestling will sit down in the same room as the guy that’s going to put him over and then work out the match,” Sonnen explained.

“What they did in Japan was they only told one guy. So the guys that were going to win, your Cro Cop’s, your Wanderlei’s, your Fedor’s, they were never in the room when the guy that was your promoter, also known as the Yakuza, also known as the Japanese mafia, walks in the room and tells the opponent when to go down.”

Original Story: Fightful

 

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