Bellator 208's Fedor Emelianenko 'can't be offended' by Chael Sonnen's talk

NEW YORK – Fedor Emelianenko is a historically stoic figure in the MMA game. He’s never seemed to show signs of being flustered by an opponent, and things are no different with Chael Sonnen.

Emelianenko (37-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) meets Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 208 headliner, which takes place at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., and airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Although he’s been relatively respectful leading up to the heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout, Sonnen has said some harsh words about Emelianenko in the past.

The former PRIDE heavyweight champion is not impacted by any of it, though.

“I don’t pay attention to that,” Emelianenko told MMAjunkie through an interpreter at Wednesday’s Bellator 208 open workouts. “Saints say that we can’t be offended. If we don’t feel offended, it is not possible to offend us.”

Emelianenko said Sonnen, nor any other opponent, has gotten under his skin throughout the history of his more than 18-year career. He is not reactionary in his personality, and he said there’s nothing that can be done to change that perspective.

“I feel people have to be professional in the business,” Emelianenko said. “For the job that you do, if you decide to do something seriously, you have do it professionally. 100 percent.”

Hear more from Emelianenko ahead of his Bellator 208 fight in the video above.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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