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The Tanya Show… oh, and Fedor.

Fedor made an appearance on The MMA Hour and amazingly, Ariel was able to get more than one word answers out of him for the most part.  Unfortunately, Fedor is like Rush Limbaugh; you already know exactly what he’s going to say before he says it.  His interviews are death.   I can’t imagine how boring it would be to only listen to the audio, with all the extended translation time, awkward silences, and general lack of anything really interesting being said. 

To get any enjoyment, you’ll have to watch the video of the interview and see the real star of the show, Fedor’s longtime translator, Tanya.   She gets flustered, agitated, amused, and confused (all the feelings that Fedor killed and ate many moons ago) while she feverishly scribbles down Ariel’s barrage of awkwardly worded questions.  Someone should have been kind enough to let her know that she was on camera, though I’m sure glad they didn’t.

But beyond my strange fascination with the harried linguist, there was an actual interview taking place, so here are the takeaways, few and insignificant as they are –

-Fedor is considering retiring after his Strikeforce contract is up in a year, but that, of course, is up to God’s Will.  He cites his age, and nagging injuries as the reason.

-He’s for Olympic drug testing because he wants an even playing field.

-He questions how Overeem was able to get so friggin huge in such a short time, but he’s NOT insinuating anything.

-He likes watching Cain Velasquez (yet he couldn’t remember his name) and thinks Cain will be champion for a long time if he can stay disciplined.

-He doesn’t watch much MMA and would rather watch cartoons with his daughter than spend time watching fights.

-He never met with Dana White on some isolated island several months back (though this might be an issue with the translation).

-Dana White is all about what’s good for his business, which may be why he crosses the line sometimes.

-He is not friends with “>Jean-Claude Van Damme, Vadim is.

-He wore his famous sweater until it wore out, and he doesn’t even remember if he has it anymore.  If he can find it, he will present it to Ariel as a gift the next time they meet.  Fuck you Ariel.

everytime Fedor laughs, a mail-order bride gets her green card


more Tanya after the jump!

the mic smells like cock ever since the CB Dollaway interview





Also check out Matthew Polly’s own interview with Fedor.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Awesome read, man! Her diplomatic reactions are always priceless though. I like that she knows when Ariels’ being a douche and still keeps her cool.

    The not-so-diplomatic expressions are great too. GIFFTW

  • CAP

    I got sucked in and watched the whole show. Credit to Ariel this could have been a more awkward interview with all the pauses and translation. It was a weird dynamic sometimes between Fedor and the translator. She was making weird faces and looking at someone off camera every once in a while. But what else would you expect from Fedor.

    God I hope he unleashes hell on Bigfoot this Saturday. It’s God’s will.

  • fightfan

    I think Fedor will lose on Saturday. Bigfoot will accidentally head butt Fedor with his stadium size dome and retire Fedor. And of course Yamasaki will be the ref and HAVE NO CLUE what just happened, but still call time out to figure it out instead of simply paying attention like he is supposed to anyhow. Therefore NO Fedor-Overeem, and entire Strikeforce tourney a waste. And back to spending 100% of your time to the UFC instead of 99%

  • fightfan

    Would someone put together a pic with Tito and Bigfoot’s head side by side. I just realized how much they look alike from the shoulders up. And with Tito’s head still getting larger by the day, his may soon be larger than Bigfoot’s

  • subo

    I DID listen to the just audio – I download the podcast – and it WAS death.

    Fixed – He wants Olympic-style testing because he’s actively trying to derail the Overeem fight

    Tanya is awesome.  Favorite part was when Ariel compliments her and Fedor goes “I know.”

  • fightfan

    Tanya scares the sht out of me. Just saying. If Hostel or Hostel 2 were REAL…Tanya would be the one accepting your money and walking you to the room where your about to kill somebody

  • agentsmith

    Fedor’s sweater finally picked up one too many icecream stains, so it’s been sent to live at a nice farm out in the country. And by that I mean a pile of dirty clothes somewhere in Fedor’s epic mansion modest hovel.

  • GoldenArms

    let me know when subo agrees to fight someone who is a steroid freak. or when he agrees to fight anyone. or if he interviews someone who doesn’t speak english. or if he does anything worthwhile here. or anywhere. ever.

    go back to trolling bloody elbow you homo

  • Redping

    talk about the troll calling the kettle troll

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    talk about the troll calling the kettle troll

    Ha ha ha!!!  Redping ftw.

  • subo

    I agree to fight GoldenArms at any time with no preconditions assuming he comes to me.

  • G Funk

    Cause you’re too broke to go to him?

  • Grappo