A representative of Fedor Emelianenko on Sunday confirmed rumors that the Russian fighter had been questioned by FBI agents last week in the lead-up to his Bellator 198 headlining bout with Frank Mir on Saturday.
Fedor’s American representative, Jerry Millen, confirmed the rumors to the Associated Press.
Though Millen did not divulge any of the details about what was discussed with the FBI, there are certainly a number of associations Fedor has that could have led to the FBI wanting to speak with him.
Fedor Linked to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
Fedor has long been connected with Russian president Vladmimir Putin, and was the cornerstone fighter for the Affliction fight promotion a decade ago. Affliction Entertainment’s chief operating officer was Michael Cohen and U.S. president Donald Trump was one of the major stakeholders in the company.
Cohen is currently a part of the FBI’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election which saw Trump elected to office.
It hasn’t been revealed whether or not those associations were discussed with Fedor.
“The FBI came to the hotel looking to talk to Fedor and they were very nice, came in to speak with Fedor for a few minutes, spoke to me, very cool guys, and that’s all I can really say about it. Again, the FBI did come to the hotel, they found us, knocked on the door,” Millen told the Associated Press.
“Hundred percent, kind of surprised,” Millen added. “They were very nice, very professional.”
Despite the surprise visit from FBI agents, Fedor went on to defeat Mir at Bellator 198. In fact, he took Mir out just 48 seconds into their fight in Chicago.
Fedor now moves on to the semifinal round of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament. He will face Chael Sonnen on what Bellator president Scott Coker anticipates will be one of the biggest fight cards in the promotion’s history. The winner then moves on to the finals.
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