Date of Birth:
The biography of Fedor Emelianenko starts on September 28, 1976 in Luhansk, Ukraine.
Training Camp and Fighting Organization:
Fedor Emelianenko trains at Red Devil Sports Club in St. Petersburg, Russia. Prior to that, he was a member of Russian Top Team (RTT) but problems between he and manager Vladimir Evgenevich Pogodin led to his leaving. More specifically, Emelianenko claimed that Pogodin threatened him and deceived him in a financial sense. Beyond Red Devil, Emelianenko has also trained as a member of Vos Gym in Holland.
Emelianenko is retired from MMA fighting.
Fedor Emelianenko’s mother, Olga Feodorovna, was a schoolteacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich, was employed as a gas-electric welder. He has an older sister, Marina, and two younger brothers, one of which is a well-known mixed martial arts fighter by the name of Aleksander Emelianenko. His other younger brother is named Ivan.
Martial Arts Background:
Emelianenko's martial arts background is primarily in Judo and Sambo, though like all MMA fighters he currently trains stand up as well. His first Sambo and Judo coach was Vasiliy Ivanovich Gavrilov. Later, he began training under his current coach, Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov.
From there, Emelianenko enrolled in the Russian Army (1995-97) where he improved his strength and athleticism, even if he did not continue training in martial arts. But that didn’t stop him from being certified as a “Master of Sports” in the two martial arts styles in 1997.
Fedor as a Sambo Champion:
Fedor Emelianenko has won the World Combat Sambo Championships on four separate occasions. In addition, he won gold at the Russian Combat Sambo Championship in 2009. His three victories through the quarter, semifinal, and final matches of this 2009 victory lasted a combined one minute total.
On November 16, 2008, Emelianenko lost for the first time in Sambo in eight years, falling to Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov on points.
Emelianenko started his MMA career because he needed the money on August 16, 2000 against Levon Lagvilava. He won the match in the first round by rear naked choke. In fact, he started his career with a 9-1 record before the PRIDE Fighting Championships came calling. His lone loss in the organization? To Tsuyoshi Kohsaka by way of a cut (TKO).
While fighting for PRIDE, Fedor managed to defeat stellar fighters like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, Mark Coleman, and Heath Herring. He also avenged his loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka via first round TKO. Emelianenko was PRIDE's last heavyweight champion.
Fedor in America:
Fedor Emelianenko’s first time fighting in America actually occurred while competing for PRIDE at PRIDE 32: The Real Deal, when he defeated Mark Coleman by armbar. However, his breakout American bout came against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia on July 19, 2008 at Affliction: Banned. People wondered before that fight if the mystique surrounding him was deserved. After pummeling his 6-foot-8 opponent to the ground and sinking in the rear naked choke, most believed that it was.
With the victory, Emelianenko became the first WAMMA Heavyweight Champion.
Fedor Emelianenko’s Fighting Style:
Emelianenko was a very well-rounded mixed martial artist who is considered one of the best of all-time. In his prime, he hit hard, was technically sound on his feet, and possessed excellent submission skills. Further, his stellar takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control skills made him a ground and pound nightmare.
Beyond that, he was a physically powerful and explosive fighter. Interestingly, Emelianenko used to do a lot of weight lifting in his younger years; but hardly lifts weights at all these days, preferring sports specific training and things like running, push ups, and chin ups to pumping iron.
In 1999, Emelianenko married Oksana. Together the two had Fedor’s first daughter together, Masha. In 2006, Emelianenko and his wife split. He later started a new family with his girlfriend Marina. His second daughter, Vasilisa, was born in December of 2007 to he and Marina.
Even The Great Fall:
On June 26, 2010, Emelianenko lost for the first time in nearly 10 years to Fabricio Werdum at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum. Though Werdum tasted Fedor's power and went down from it on his feet, once ground fighting commenced he sunk in a triangle-armbar, forcing his Russian adversary to tap. Werdum's win was considered a huge upset.
Great Fedor Emelianenko Wins
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at PRIDE- Bushido 6: With a first round TKO victory, Emelianenko avenged a loss that had haunted him.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at PRIDE 25- Body Blow: At the time, Nogueira was considered the greatest heavyweight fighter in the world. Though Emelianenko was not supposed to win, he continually took Nogueira down at will and pounded on him until the final bell. He won this fight via decision and would beat Nogueira once more at PRIDE: Shockwave 2004.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at PRIDE- Final Conflict 2005: This was one of the most hyped battles in MMA history. In the end, Emelianenko surprisingly proved to be the more proficient striker in close during this epic battle. He won the fight by decision.
- Fedor Emelianenko vs. Andrei Arlovski at Affliction- Day of Reckoning: Emelianenko was being outclassed in the boxing department by Arlovski. In fact, it was beginning to look as if he might lose to the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. But then Arlovski tried a flying knee and got hit by a rocket right for his efforts. With that, Arlovski was out cold and Emelianenko had done it once again.
For more on Fedor's greatest wins of all-time, check out the following article: Fedor Emelianenko's Top 10 MMA Victories