Elena Khanian, a reporter from sobesednik.ru, spent a night working as a ring girls' assistant. Turned out it was a night when Ovechkin was doing his 'late nite filings' in Denver.
But let's listen to Elena's story:
During a boxing match spectators look not only at the sweaty athletes, they are also paying attention to the ring girls in explicit dresses that enter the ring carrying a sign with the next round's number. And I decided to give it a try, to become one of the ring girls.
The suburban "Crocus City" organized a fabulous event which was called as "The Battle of Moscow - 4" with the fights in ten different martial arts; mixed martial arts, kickboxing, combat sambo and something else. I did not understand or could not differ one style from another, but I got one thing: there would be 18 fighters and judging by the photos, they were all handsome and young. The ring girls had to enter the ring every five minutes, from 8 pm till 1 am. The organizers really needed extra hands and feet, so to my surprise they immediately agreed to hire me along with professional ring girls.
"Among the honored guests will be Michael Porechenkov and Garik Martirosyan," promised me Yana Chernenko who was in the organizing committee of the tournament. "What about single guys? I interrupted her trying to hide the excitement.
"How about Sergey Zverev? Alex Ovechkin is supposed to be here, will you be able to talk about hockey with him? And Steven Seagal! Do you speak English? Alright then. The ring girls with the signs sit with the guests in the same VIP area. Stay calm if they suddenly decide to talk to you," gave me the final instructions Yana, and then I went to change in a dressing room.
Eventually I did not dare to enter the ring, but helped the girls with the signs. I got tired and went to walk around the VIP tables. Fortunately nobody stopped me.
VIP guests were doing well without me. Their tables were lined with cognac, champagne, wine, assorted fish, meat, sausages, cheese. That's why I was not surprised that with such appetizers Steven Seagal did not pay any attention to me. I had to take the initiative in my hands.
"Hey, Stephen! Do you like Moscow?" I asked him in English.
"Moscow? Yes, I love Moscow," the famous actor and the owner of the seventh dan in aikido decided not to be very original.
"And how's the tournament, the ring girls?" I continued.
"Oh, everything is super! You are doing a great job!" slyly answered the actor. And what can you say to girl he saw giving the signs to the ring girls?
"Come to America, we need such girls!"
"Wow!" I agreed at once. "But where to exactly?"
"To Hollywood, of course," Steven smiled and sipped the wine.
While I was hitting on Stephen, the unpleasant news came in. Alexander Ovechkin's flight was delayed because of the weather at the airport in Colorado, and he wouldn't be able to arrive in time to our tournament. What kind of weather they've got in America?
No, I probably won't fly to Hollywood.
AO and Rasul Mirzaev, World champion in combat sambo, Russian champion in kick jitsu, pankration.
Why Ovi was supposed to be there? Among his friends are Batu Hasikov, the producer, Rasul Mirzaev, Dennis Ustimenko-Winestein (Dzhigan) as well as couple of other guys you could see in the video below. These were the "guys" in Ovi's tweet:
Here's the video from that tournament, don't bother if you are looking for Ovi, but Steven Seagal and 'handsome young' fighters are there. :-)
By the way, Steven Seagal's grandparents are from Kyakhta, Republic of Buryatia, the town in Russia on Russian-Mongolian border. In one of his interviews in Russia Steven said that he has [Buryat]-Mongolian roots. That's why Steven calls himself Russian and at the same time wants to play Genghis Khan.
Too bad Ovi got stuck in Denver, otherwise we could see Alex Ovechkin and Steven Seagal together in that video.