Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, Russian: Фëдор Владимирович Емельяненко, sometimes romanized as Fyodor Yemelyanenko (born September 28, 1976) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist, the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship.
Emelianenko has been considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world for the last six years by many major publications, including ESPN, the Orange County Register, The Fight Network, the Houston Chronicle, The Wrestling Observer, Sherdog, and Inside MMA. Emelianenko was also chosen as the greatest fighter of all time across all weight classes by the expert panel of the television show “Inside MMA”. In an interview, Emelianenko said he doesn’t consider himself to be the best pound-for-pound fighter. Saying “I don’t consider myself on top of the pedestal. I have certain weaknesses and I make certain mistakes. Of course, that is frustrating, because like any athlete, I strive to get better each day. I know a lot of the media and the fans want to say I’m the best. I appreciate that, but that’s not how Iconsider myself.” He has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, most notably the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo Championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judo championship.
Fedor Emelianenko was born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk of the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union. His family moved to Stary Oskol, Belgorod of the Russian SFSR in 1978. His mother, Olga Fedorovna, was a teacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a welder. Emelianenko is the second child in the family and has an older sister and two younger brothers, including professional mixed martial artist Aleksander Emelianenko. His brother Ivan is currently in training, although he does not compete at his brothers’ level.
Emelianenko finished high school in 1991 and graduated with honors from a professional trade school in 1994. From 1995 until 1997, he served in the Russian Army as a military firefighter. In 1999, he married his wife Oksana, and their first daughter Masha was born in the same year. In 2006, Emelianenko and his first wife parted ways, and has since remarried. On December 29, 2007, his second daughter Vasilisa was born. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music and draw.
Since the purchase of Pride by the majority owners of UFC and the expiration of Emelianenko’s contract with Pride, there has been speculation about the possibility of him fighting in the UFC, especially since a public falling out between Bodog’s Calvin Ayre and Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finklestein. In a June 2007 interview with the Baltimore Sun, Chuck Liddell suggested that Emelianenko was on his way to the UFC. Dana White has also expressed interest in signing Emelianenko, but considers his management team to be the primary barrier left to the inking of a contract, whereas Finklestein has cited difficult negotiations as the reason.A main point of contention between the two is Finkelstein’s request for the UFC to work with his Russian M-1 promotion, extending contractual offers to other members of the Red Devil Sport Club, and permitting Emelianenko to compete in combat sambo tournaments. At UFC 76 however, UFC president Dana White stated that he expected Emelianenko to sign with the UFC in late 2007 or early 2008, after Emelianenko was to compete in a Sambo competition that White would not allow him to participate in if he were under a UFC contract. He also revealed his intent to set up a unification bout with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture as his first UFC fight. Nevertheless, these negotiations broke down, as Emelianenko committed to a non-exclusive, two-year and six-fight deal with M-1 Global in October 2007.
On February 13, 2008, Emelianenko attended a press conference held by Dream, a newly-formed Japanese mixed martial arts promotion. His manager, Finkelstein, confirmed that the organization had a tightly knit alliance with M-1 Global and that he would be fighting on the new organization’s fight cards.
At Affliction’s inaugural event, promoted as Affliction: Banned, Emelianenko defeated former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia via submission at 36 seconds in the first round.
In his next fight with Affliction, Emelianenko defeated former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Day of Reckoning on January 24, 2009. Arlovski had some early success in the stand-up game and backed the champion into a corner.Arlovski attempted a flying knee and Emelianenko countered with an overhand right, dropping Arlovski at 3:14 of the first round.
|183 cm (72.05 in)|
|106 kg (233.69 lb)|
|Ground & Pound|
|Sep 28 1976 Stary Oskol|
Pride Champion 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006
Pride Heavyweight GP Champion
Wamma Heavyweight Champion
Wrestling Observer News 2005 Shootfighter of the year
Sherdog.com multiple number one pound for pound fighter
Yahoo Sports number 1 MMA Fighter
Inside MMA number 1 MMA Fighter of All Time
|Loss||Fabricio Werdum||Submission (Triangle Armbar)||Strikeforce / M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Werdum||6/26/2010||1||1:09|
|Win||Brett Rogers||TKO (Punches)||Strikeforce / M-1 Global – Fedor vs. Rogers||11/7/2009||2||1:48|
|Win||Andrei Arlovski||KO (Punch)||Affliction – Day of Reckoning||1/24/2009||1||3:14|
|Win||Tim Sylvia||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Affliction – Banned||7/19/2008||1||0:36|
|Win||Hong Man Choi||Submission (Armbar)||Yarennoka – New Years Eve 2007||12/31/2007||1||1:54|
|Win||Matt Lindland||Submission (Armbar)||Bodog Fight – Clash of the Nations||4/14/2007||1||2:58|
|Win||Mark Hunt||Submission (Kimura)||PRIDE – Shockwave 2006||12/31/2006||1||8:16|
|Win||Mark Coleman||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE 32 – The Real Deal||10/21/2006||2||1:15|
|Win||Wagner da Conceicao Martins||Submission (Punches)||PRIDE – Shockwave 2005||12/31/2005||1||0:26|
|Win||Mirko Filipovic||Decision (Unaminous)||PRIDE – Final Conflict 2005||8/28/2005||3||5:00|
|Win||Tsuyoshi Kosaka||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||PRIDE – Bushido 6||4/3/2005||1||10:00|
|Win||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE – Shockwave 2004||12/31/2004||3||5:00|
|NC||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||No Contest – Accidental Cut||PRIDE – Final Conflict 2004||8/15/2004||1||3:52|
|Win||Naoya Ogawa||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE – Final Conflict 2004||8/15/2004||1||0:54|
|Win||Kevin Randleman||Submission (Kimura)||PRIDE – Critical Countdown 2004||6/20/2004||1||1:33|
|Win||Mark Coleman||Submission (Armbar)||PRIDE – Total Elimination 2004||4/25/2004||1||2:11|
|Win||Yuji Nagata||TKO (Punches)||Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 – Inoki Festival||12/31/2003||1||1:02|
|Win||Gary Goodridge||TKO (Soccer Kicks and Punches)||PRIDE – Total Elimination 2003||8/10/2003||1||1:09|
|Win||Kazuyuki Fujita||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||PRIDE 26 – Bad to the Bone||6/8/2003||1||4:17|
|Win||Egidijus Valavicius||Submission (Kimura)||Rings Lithuania – Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas||4/5/2003||2||1:13|
|Win||Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 25 – Body Blow||3/16/2003||3||5:00|
|Win||Heath Herring||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||PRIDE 23 – Championship Chaos 2||11/24/2002||1||10:00|
|Win||Semmy Schilt||Decision (Unanimous)||PRIDE 21 – Demolition||6/23/2002||3||5:00|
|Win||Chris Haseman||TKO (Punches)||Rings – World Title Series Grand Final||2/15/2002||1||2:50|
|Win||Lee Hasdell||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Rings – World Title Series 5||12/21/2001||1||4:10|
|Win||Ryushi Yanagisawa||Decision (Unanimous)||Rings – World Title Series 4||10/20/2001||3||5:00|
|Win||Renato Sobral||Decision (Unanimous)||Rings – 10th Anniversary||8/11/2001||2||5:00|
|Win||Kerry Schall||Submission (Armbar)||Rings – World Title Series 1||4/20/2001||1||1:47|
|Win||Mihail Apostolov||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Rings Russia – Russia vs. Bulgaria||4/6/2001||1||1:03|
|Loss||Tsuyoshi Kosaka||TKO (Doctor Stoppage)||Rings – King of Kings 2000 Block B||12/22/2000||1||0:17|
|Win||Ricardo Arona||Decision (Unanimous)||Rings – King of Kings 2000 Block B||12/22/2000||3||5:00|
|Win||Hiroya Takada||KO (Punches)||Rings – Battle Genesis Vol. 6||9/5/2000||1||0:12|
|Win||Levon Lagvilava||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Rings – Russia vs Georgia||8/16/2000||1||7:24|
|Win||Martin Lazarov||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Rings Russia – Russia vs. Bulgaria||5/21/2000||1||2:24|