(Video) Jon Jones thrilled to meet Fedor Emelianenko: You were one of my favorites, always, forever, brother

MMA icon Jon Jones recently found himself in the company of the heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko. The two met at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh during the historic PFL vs. Bellator event on February 24.

At this electrifying event, Jones and Emelianenko seized the opportunity to connect with each other. The current UFC heavyweight champion expressed his profound admiration for one of his MMA idols.

Jones passionately exclaimed: “I love you Fedor! You were one of my favorites, always, forever, brother. You and Aleksandr. Tell your brother I said hello.”

However, the exchange took an awkward turn when Jones brought up Fedor’s brother Aleksandr Emelianenko. Despite Aleksandr’s own achievements as a three-time Combat Sambo world champion, a shadow looms over his reputation due to a troubled past.

Aleksandr Emelianenko faced serious allegations in May 2014. He was accused of assaulting and raping his former housekeeper, alongside stealing her passport. In May 2015, he was convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to four and a half years in prison, ultimately being released after 17 months.

The strain between the Emelianenko brothers became evident in 2017 when Aleksandr disclosed in an interview with sovsports.ru that he and Fedor had not spoken for a decade. The estrangement was attributed to Aleksandr blaming “sycophants” who he thought were taking advantage of Fedor’s fame and fortune.

In response to Aleksandr’s accusations, Fedor chose to break his silence through an open letter. He vehemently refuted the claims.

“Usually I don’t comment on other people’s statements. But I cannot remain silent. This is my first and last answer to you. I consider it beneath my dignity to constantly react to your lies.”

Fedor Emelianenko continued to defend his family, expressing regret for the suffering of those close to Aleksandr and emphasizing the unwarranted insults.

“And now the most important thing – why I decided to make this open appeal to you: you called my relatives sycophants. Sycophant – that’s you, Judas. I feel sorry that people who were close to you and supported you in hard moments are now suffering. I personally have apologized for you to dozens of people.”

“You can say what you like about me, I’ll endure it, but do not dare to insult those close to me. Besides, you don’t even know them. And all those whom you know helped you and played an important role in your life. And you are not worth their little finger. Therefore, you are not in my circle.”

“In one of your interviews you said that you can help me. But I do not understand how you, [someone] who was released [from prison] not long ago and is known for constant violations of his training regime, can help me. I can only think of one thing – not to dishonor the family name of me and my parents!”