During the last few weeks it had been rumored that Polish MMA promotion KSW were looking to bring in Fedor’s brother Aleksander Emelianenko to face former world’s strongest man Mariusz Pudzianowski.
Yesterday KSW promoter Maciej Kawulski confirmed that they had been interested in making that fight, but also revealed the medical reason why they had to pull the plug on the bout.
“We planned to put Mariusz Pudzianowski against Aleksander Emelianenko, but the unpleasant thing happened,” Kawulski told Polstat News. “Aleksander has got Hepatitis C, that’s a serious disease and we won’t risk Mariusz’s or any of our fighters’ health in such a fight. It’s safe to say that because of that the deal between our promotion and Aleksander won’t come to fruition.”
Rumors that Emelianenko, who we recently profiled in an article featuring MMA’s most notorious villains, had some variant of Hepatitis have been circulating since the summer of 2008 when it was reported that the Russian had been pulled from a fight with Paul Buentello after having tested positive for Hepatitis B.
Emelianenko has fought four times since then, though only in his native Russia and Azerbaijan which has only fueled speculation that he is now restricted in where he can fight due to his disease.
Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting the liver which can be spread from blood-to-blood contact. If the rumors are true and Emelianenko does indeed have it then other MMA promotions around the world should follow KSW’s lead and refuse to have him fight for them given the risk to other fighters.