Originally Posted by avk47
From memory, think Provodnikov is mixed, part Russian, but considers himself Mansi. They are one of Russia's autonomous people and have no problem supporting him. Actually really respect him for wanting to represent his heritage.
I generally see the caucasus different, as they generally don't seek to be part of the wider country (which is multinational), other than for business interests and leaching off the federal budget. I actually rooted for Ukraine against that set of guys in our national team during the olympics, as I have a lot more in common with the Ukrainian fighters!
Ya the Caucuses are different. I read people speculating about his situation with Tszyu, i wonder if Jackson will start training him again? Khabib has fought alot in the US and if he keeps wanting to fight & train there the scheduling conflicts will continue but i do think Tszyu would be a better trainer for him.