AMC Fight Nights champion Ponomarev: ‘I left Fedor’s team, I won’t say the reasons’

russian fighter Grigori Ponomarev spoke about the end of joint training with the team of Fedor Emelianenko.

Ponomarev (6-2 in MMA) defended his heavyweight championship belt at AMC Fight Nights 119 by knocking out challenger Yusup Shuaev in the first round. Previously, Ponomarev (height 198 cm, weight up to 152 kg) had the unofficial nickname of the hall giant of Fedor.

“Probably, I can confidently say that I am no longer a giant of Fyodor Hall, but a giant of Strela Hall. You could say that I am part of this team, along with Taras Kiyashko and Alexander Volkov. I finished my work with the Fedor team, I won’t say why. I respect everyone there very much, I respect Fedor Vladimirovich very much, I keep getting sick and communicating with them. Yesterday Vadim Nemkov, Dima Igonin and Valentin Moldavsky wrote to me and supported me. I’m very grateful and very happy that we didn’t end the conversation. Probably, on the contrary, it was arranged between us. Maybe they started looking at me differently as an adult, an adult fighter, but now I’m a heavyweight in Team Strela,” Ponomarev told reporters at a press conference after the fight.

As part of Fedor Emelianenko’s team in Stary Oskol, Ponomarev held several training camps, the fighter also trained at the Alexander Volkov gymnasium, and he trained for the fight with Shuaev in Krasnoyarsk on the base of the freestyle wrestling school named after. Mindiashvili.

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Source : MatchTV

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