“The Voice,” Michael Schiavello, managed to survive a nine-hour long MMA event in Japan on New Year’s Eve with most of his sanity intact (the segment with Inoki portrayed as Christ being the exception), but that does not mean everything was sunshine and lollipops.
Over on his Twitter, Schiavello had some unhappy comments about the former top-heavyweight MMA fighter in the world, Fedor Emelianenko. â€œLots of Fedor love after Ishii win. Back to back for Fedor but Iâ€™d like to see a true test of his current mettle against a better name,â€ Schiavello tweeted. â€œBTW Fedor is SUCH a DIVA! Other fighters & us sat on bus for about 90 min after show because Fedor apparently needs a bus all to himself! Even Bibi Fernandes and his team were booted off the second bus because â€œthat is Fedorâ€™s bus,â€ mind you these are like 70 seat tour buses!”
â€œSeriously, it was just plain RUDE, he continued. “Fighters want to get to their hotel we ALL HAD TO WAIT & Bibi had to clear off the Fedor bus. If greats like Hoost, JLB, Sefo, Schilt, Hunt, Hug, Aerts etc can all bus share, Fedor can too.”
â€œFancy booting Bibi Fernandes & his team off ONE BUS and onto the other more crowded one. Dude just won the B/W GP! Not to mention sitting there for 90 mins on a bus at 1230am waiting, waiting, waitingâ€¦ I get the â€œspecial treatmentâ€ thing but hey, hire a small private van or a limousine, Iâ€™ve seen that done before. Donâ€™t keep others waiting.
Andy Hug was a far bigger star in Japan than Fedor and I never once knew Andy to order his own bus & clear out others. Fact. No hate, I love Fedorâ€™s style of fighting, huge fan, just saying the diva bus demand was harsh on other fighters waiting to go.â€
Tim Sylvia responded to Schiavello, and argued that it was probably more M-1 than Fedor, which “The Voice” agreed with, but added “that management reflects on their clients, hence this reflects on Fedor.” 2012 will be a big year for M-1 as they continue their deal with Showtime to air more of their events on US television, but how long can that last before the UFC closes their vice-like grip on them as well?
Via our friends at The 5th Round