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Emelianenko’s former opponent claims he knew about Aleksander’s hepatitis before they fought

Emelianenko’s former opponent claims he knew about Aleksander’s hepatitis before they fought

The ‘Hepatitis Gate’ is the most infectious controversy in MMA. I suggest you get tested after reading this. Last week, KSW co-owner, Maciej Kawulski, broke the news that he severed Aleksander Emelianenko’s contract negotiations upon discovering that Aleksander allegedly has hepatitis C. Since then, Aleksander has denied the allegations and now expects a televised apology.

Redakcja at MMANews.pl had a suspicion that none of us could speak Polish. Well, he was right. Fortunately, he took the time to translate a recent interview he conducted with Miodrag Petkovic, a former opponent of Aleksander Emelianenko who claims that he knew Alek had hepatitis before he stepped in the ring with him a few months ago.

Did you know about this before you accepted the fight?

– “I think it was hepatitis B, not C. You know, a lot of fighters has hepatitis B. I know a lot of them having it.”

Did you know about whole situation before you fought him?

– “Yes, because we have a blood test before and after every fight.”

And did you do it also after the fight, like a few months after?

– “Yes, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and AIDS. I’m negative. Before every fight I need to do it. Because of that, Aleksander didn’t make it to fight in USA. But I’m not 100% sure if the blood tests were the only reason why Aleksander didn’t make a deal with guys from states. There could be another reason, like not enough money for the fight.”

Shortly after Redakcja interviewed Miodrag Petkovic, he received a text from the fighter stating that he had another blood test and he should know the results sometime tomorrow. It’s true about the hepatitis B. In fact, 33% of you reading this are infected with hepatitis B and don’t even know it. There’s no cure for the virus, you’re just going to have to live with it…like an annoying in-law. [Source]

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