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Polish promoter: Emelianenko has hepatitis C
Aug 03, 2010
The co-owner of Polish promoter KSW says the rumors about heavyweight Aleksander Emelianenko's disease are true.
KSW last week announced a deal to bring Emelianenko into the company, but co-owner Maciej Kawulski today said during a Polish TV interview that the deal is off because the promotion found out that Emelianenko has hepatitis C, according to a translation provided to the Middle Easy site by MMA Rocks.
"Aleksander has got Hepatitis C, that's a serious disease and we won't risk Mariusz's or any of our fighters' health in such a fight," Kawulski told news channel Polsat News.
Promoters hoped to pit Emelianenko against MMA newcomer Mariusz Pudzianowski, a five-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition who won his first two MMA fights before losing to ex-UFC champion Tim Sylvia in May.
Now KSW will throw the Polish strongman against Toughman icon Eric "Butterbean" Esch, who was a co-promoter on the Sylvia-Pudzianowski bout. Esch recently criticized Pudzianowski as an unskilled fighter who doesn't deserve to headline an MMA card.
Emelianenko, whose brother Fedor was ranked mixed martial arts' No. 1 heavyweight for years, is an accomplished fighter in his own right. His 17-3 record includes several victories in Pride Fighting Championships, and his only losses have been to superstars: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Fabricio Werdum and Josh Barnett.
Affliction Entertainment hoped to bring in Emelianenko for fights in the United States two years ago, but the California State Athletic Commission refused to license him. Regulators refused to disclose the reason, citing confidentiality laws, but widely circulated rumors at the time mentioned medical issues related to hepatitis.
Hepatitis C is a liver ailment that can be transmitted through blood.
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