MMA LEGEND FEDOR EMELIANENKO DISCUSSES CRITICAL MOMENTS IN HIS FIGHTING CAREER, THE UKRAINE SITUATION, RELATIONSHIPS WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AND DANA WHITE AND MORE ON AXS TV FIGHTS’ ‘THE VOICE VERSUS’ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT

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MMA LEGEND FEDOR EMELIANENKO DISCUSSES CRITICAL MOMENTS IN HIS FIGHTING CAREER, THE UKRAINE SITUATION, RELATIONSHIPS WITH VLADIMIR PUTIN AND DANA WHITE AND MORE ON AXS TV FIGHTS’ ‘THE VOICE VERSUS’ FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 AT 10 P.M. ET/7 P.M. PT

The Celebrated Russian Fighter Sits Down with Host ‘The Voice’ Michael Schiavello for the Hour-Long Interview on AXS TV FIGHTS’ High Profile Interview Show 

LOS ANGELES – Sep. 15, 2014 – AXS TV FIGHTS adds another legendary interview to its long list of great fight programming as iconic mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko steps in front of the camera for his longest interview ever, Friday, Sept. 19 at 10pE/7pP on an all-new episode of THE VOICE VERSUS. Award-winning journalist and broadcaster “The Voice” Michael Schiavello delivers the hard-hitting interview, as Emelianenko gives deep, heartfelt responses to questions about his family and childhood, critical moments in his fighting career, his publicly documented spiritual devotion, and more.

As a part of AXS TV FIGHTS Friday night line-up, THE VOICE VERSUS features extended interviews with the most influential figures in the in combat sports, including Dana White, Tito Ortiz, Bas Rutten, Hulk Hogan and more. Schiavello’s insightful questioning and fast-paced approach leads to uniquely intimate interviews that reveal more about the guests than has ever been documented in one sitting.

Never one to shy away from controversy, during the interview Schiavello asks Emelianenko to share his thoughts on the current situation between his home country Russia and his birthplace Ukraine. In his response, Emelianenko discusses his thoughts on how the situation has been portrayed in western and U.S. media.

Said Emelianenko:

“There is war in Ukraine. Ukrainian government is fighting with its own people. It has nothing to do with Russians. Ask this from hundreds of thousands of refugees…. My own relatives are fleeing. My own relatives who have lived in Ukraine all their life are fleeing from war, fleeing from their own government.”

A clip of his response is available here: http://bit.ly/1pchaDR

The in-depth interview also includes discussion about Emelianenko’s relationships with well-known figures such as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, UFC President Dana White, UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and actor, director and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.

“Fedor Emelianenko is a man shrouded in mystery, but in this interview, he sheds light onto some of the most intriguing parts of his life,” said Schiavello. “Anyone familiar with Emelianenko’s career and the history of his media appearances will appreciate the great depth and thoughtful discussion he provides.”

ABOUT THE VOICE VERSUS

Hosted by AXS TV Fights commentator “The Voice” Michael Schiavello, THE VOICE VERSUS is a one-hour interview show featuring some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. Launched in 2010, the show has featured guests such as Hulk Hogan, Steven Seagal, Dana White and Joe Rogan. With one of the most widely recognized voices in sports, Schiavello combines his unique sense of humor with in-depth questioning as he conducts some of the most compelling interviews on television.

ABOUT AXS TV FIGHTS

AXS TV Fights presents more LIVE mixed martial arts and kickboxing events than any other television network with 40+ LIVE world-class fight cards each year. “The Voice” Michael Schiavello and five-time MMA world champion Pat Miletich call all the action as champions, challengers, and top prospects take center stage every Friday night at 10pE/7pP. AXS TV Fights can be found online, on Facebook and on Twitter. AXS TV is widely distributed in the U.S. via AT&T U-verse, Charter, Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS, and other cable, satellite and telco providers. The network is also carried in Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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