The street light behind me is reflecting off my fear of being punched in the face by Sergei Kharitonov. I bet you’re wondering what I’m doing on the street and how can a light reflect off an emotion — well stop using your brain cells. You won’t need them for this statement made by Kharitonov regarding The Last Emperor. According to an interview Sergei did on Russia’s Championat.com, Kharitonov believes that Fedor either needs to fully go into religion or just dedicate himself to MMA — and it’s impossible for him to balance both.
“Changing things in a big way is unnecesssary. But it is necessary to invite good sparring partners and spend more time in training. In Fedor’s case, he needs to choose: either fully go into religion or fully commit to the training process. I don’t judge Fedor, because I am also a religious person. I also go to church, pray, light candles, but this does not distract me from my main work — training.”
“Judge for yourself, how a person, who follows fasting (note: by fasting what is meant here is depriving yourself of certain foods according to the religion), can approach a fight in an ideal shape ? At this point, you need to retire from the sport. Some time ago, I also tried to follow fasting and in parallel to keep training. It was very hard for me, I put a lot of effort, and lost more than I gained.”
“What is the way for Fedor to get out of this difficult situation ? At the end, 3 losses in a row — a heavy burden for an athlete.”
I never quite fully understood the concept of church other than a method to receive free wine and bread at the end of it. Church is a cocktail party [Source]