At Pride 28 James Thompson ran across the ring at Alexander Emelianenko with his head down. Emelianenko side stepped then KO’d Thompson 11 seconds into their fight and it was the most Pride FC thing ever. Fast forward a decade later and Emelianenko sits inside a phone booth sized holding cell somewhere in a Russian prison.
Deemed a threat to society, Emelianenko is currently facing charges for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Polina Stepanova. Emelianenko has been under police custody for most of the year but that has not stopped him from attempting to live a healthy lifestyle. Charges pending, Emelianenko sounds like a horrible human being but while behind bars he has started a one man crusade against his cell mates smoking cigarettes.
“The Grim Reaper” does not tolerate lung cancer. Russian news outlet Life News has the story of Emelianenko awaiting trial and training his fellow inmates in MMA. On one hand the 33 year old Emelianenko is rising against the dangers of smoking. On the other hand Emelianenko is training his cell mates to be better fighters through MMA.
Stay in shape, eat healthy, try to avoid long awkward moments inside a clear plastic holding cell are the mantras Emelianenko lives by in 2014. The Alexander Emelianenko story would make for the most confusing Russian TV Public Service Announcement ever.