On May 25, 2013, a mixed martial arts tournament was held on a grand scale in Moscow 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 loss to Jeff Monson at the M-1 Challenge 35 tournament in 2012, Alexander started talking about a possible retirement. A few 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 arena of mixed martial arts.
But the opponent he picked up a very odious and colorful. Bob “The Beast” Sapp had a noisy and controversial reputation in the martial arts world. A former American football player, he has been quite successful in Pride and K-1 tournaments since 2002, where his monstrous appearance, charisma and rage drove Japanese fans into ecstasy. 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 slowly dissipate, 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 won back his image by 100%. He tried to get into a fight at the weigh-in, constantly putting on a very formidable look and giving extremely intimidating interviews with loud statements, apparently calling on all his experience in Japanese wrestling to raise the degree of interest in the upcoming fight. But this time the fight was more than real, and his opponent was clearly not going to joke.
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