Fedor Emelianenko


Fedor Emelianenko stands 6 feet tall. He usually weighs in for fights in the low 230s. His size is not small, but he's definitely not one of the big boys in the heavyweight division. In his professional MMA career, Fedor has earned a record of 30 wins with only one loss. That loss, which came to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December of 2000, is something of a misnomer in itself. Via doctor stoppage due to a cut 17 seconds into the fight. Footage shows that the cut was caused by a missed looping punch where Kohsaka's elbow struck Emelianenko's head.

1976 - Fedor Emelianenko was born in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk in what was then the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine).
1978 - His family moved within the Soviet when he was two. His father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a welder and his mother, Olga Fedorovna, was a teacher and Emelianenko is the 2nd child in the family and has an older sister and two younger brothers, including professional mixed martial artist Aleksander Emelianenko.
1991 - Emelianenko finished high school.
1994 - Emelianenko graduated with honors from a professional trade school.
1995 ~ 1997 - he served in the Russian Army as a military firefighter.
1999 - He married his wife Oksana, and their first daughter Masha was born in the same year.
2006 - Emelianenko broke up with his wife and started a new family with his girlfriend Marina.
On December 29, 2007 - Second daughter Vasilisa of Emelianenko was born.
2009.Oct - Fedor married his girlfriend Marina in his native Russia.
Fedor also trains with his youngest brother Ivan, who has competed in Combat Sambo, and plans to begin a career in MMA in either 2009, or 2010.

2. Martial arts background

Emelianenko's enthusiasm for fighting began with Sambo and Judo. At the beginning, he trained under Vasiliy Ivanovich Gavrilov and later learned current grappling under Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov. At the age of ten, his coach remembered that Emelianenko was relatively weak physically and did not have an innate grappling talent.His biggest strength was was his perseverance and strong will. Emelianenko trains two or three times per day to maintain and improve his skills.

Emelianenko uses basic training methods such as running, ropes, and weightlifting. He used to weight train extensively, but in 1997 he almost completely substituted his weight exercises with sport-specific training in grappling, boxing, and kickboxing. In the same year, Emelianenko received the official certification of a "Master of Sports" in sambo and judo in 1997, and he became part of the Russian national team. In 1998. after earning a bronze medal in the Russian Judo Championship, he started studying striking under coach Alexander Vasilievich Michkov and in 2000, at the age of twenty-five Emelianenko started competing in combat sambo and mixed martial arts, because he "didn't have any money".

Emelianenko's strength training consists of daily pull-ups, dips, and crunches.Emelianenko also runs twice daily for a combined distance of 12–15 kilometres (7.5–9.3 mi), and is a proponent of high altitude training, travelling to Kislovodsk, Russia with his team once or twice a year to train in high altitude. In 2005, Emelianenko focused on improving his kicking technique. He trained Muay Thai with kickboxer Ernesto Hoost in Netherlands, and added Nagnibeda, who was a "Seikin-do" league 78 kilograms (170 lb) title holder from 1998 to 2002 with a record of 33-3-1, and a former Tula State University Muay Thai instructor to his team.

Emelianenko defended his title at the 2007 World Combat Sambo Championships, which brought together 780 representatives from 45 countries. When his opponent in the quarterfinals failed to show up, he received a bye to the semifinals, where he submitted a Bulgarian fighter with a choke in 40 seconds. The other finalist declined to compete, defaulting victory to Emelianenko. On November 16, 2008, Emeliankos's first loss in Sambo in eight years came at the Combat Sambo World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he fell in the semifinals of the over 220 lb (100 kg) division to 23-year-old Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov on points, 8–5. Emelianenko finished the tournament in third place.

On February 21, 2009, Emelianenko won the gold at Russian Combat Sambo Championship. Quarter- and semifinal were over in 14 and 26 seconds while the final lasted 20 seconds.

The team of Emelianenko consists of grappling coach Voronov, boxing coach Michkov, Muay Thai coach Ruslan Nagnibeda, doctor, masseur and psychologist Oleg Neustroev, his training partners, including Roman Zentsov, and, until June 2006, his brother Aleksander.

Emelianenko released a book called Fedor: The Fighting System of the World's Undisputed King of MMA which outlines his fight style.

3.MMA Career

In Emelianenko's professional MMAcareer, he has earned a record of 30 wins with only one loss. That loss, which came to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December of 2000, is something of a misnomer in itself. It came 17 seconds into the first round of a tournament fight when Kohsaka cut Fedor with an elbow. Elbows to the head are not allowed under the rules of Ring--the organization where this occurred--but the fight was stopped by the doctor, who felt that Fedor could not continue. Because it was a tournament and one fighter had to advance, Kohsaka was awarded the victory, but under normal circumstances, it would have either been ruled a no-contest or Fedor would have won by disqualification. Because of how the loss happened, many people still consider Fedor to be undefeated.

Emelianenko fought in Europe early in his career, 30 wins have all come outside of the UFC. He became a fixture in the PRIDE organization from 2002 to 2006. The time he spent in that organization, fighting top heavyweights such as Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Mark Coleman and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, is what built his legend around the globe.

Emelianenko was hoped to sign with the UFC after Affliction got out of the fight promoting business in the summer of 2009, but he signed a 3-fight deal with Strikeforce instead. Fans still hold out hope that after this deal is done, Emelianenko will finally fight in the UFC where he can face the rest of the best heavyweights in the world to decide who is the greatest, once and for all.

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