As the main event in what may be one of the biggest days in the sport’s history, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Tim Sylvia for Affliction MMA. What gives the match-up some added significance to fans is that the fight represents a dream match between a former UFC champion and a Pride champion.
For his part, Emelinanenko admitted that he’s looked forward to a match-up with Sylvia but not because they were both champions.
I’ve always wanted to fight Tim Sylvia,” said Emelianenko, “Not necessarily because of where he comes from – I don’t really think too much about the fact that he was the UFC champion and I was the Pride champion. It’s mostly because I want to fight the best fighters in the world. Tim is one of them, and I am just very fortunate to test my will against him.”
Emelianenko is a very humble superstar. As arguably the best fighter of all-time, he only concerns himself with how good he can become – not how good people think he is. Recently, I had a chance to interview Emelianenko, and he doesn’t seem to walk around with any ego at all. Emelianenko just wants to take on any fighter that also wants to find out if they are the best in the world.