Former heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko might have just lost a follower with his recent comments concerning female MMA.
In an interview with CTV.BY, Emelianenko stated that he doesn’t feel as if women should be competing in the sport.
“I respect the girls who defend the country’s honor at the Olympics,” he said. “But I do not support female MMA. A woman must take care of the house, raise her children and be feminine.”
Ronda Rousey, the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion and face of female MMA, has admitted in the past she would like to have “Fedor’s babies.” Rousey is also a former Olympian, having won bronze in Judo.
Emelianenko continued, stating that “There are a lot of different sports which help her in that, but MMA is not one of them.”
“The Last Emperor” announced his retirement following a 2012 knockout victory over Pedro Rizzo. After losing three straight while competing for Strikeforce, Emelianenko finished out his career with victories over Rizzo, Satoshi Ishii and Jeff Monson.
You can hear the entire interview in the video below.