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Fedor Emelianenko
Semmy Schilt
Heath Herring
Antonio Nogueira I
Gary Goodridge
Mark Coleman
Kevin Randleman
Antonio Nogueira I
Ricardo Arona
Tsyoshi Kosaka I
Chris Hasman
Lee Hadsell
Renato "Babalu" Sobral
Antonio Nogueira III
Tsyoshi Kosaka II
Eugi Nigata
Antonio Nogueira II
Antonio Nogueira III
Mirko Crocop Filipovic
Zuluzinho Zuluzinho
Tim Sylvia
Andrei Arlovski
Brett "Grim" Rogers
Fabricio Werdum
Fedor Emelianenko (IPA: ['fʲodər jemilʲja'nʲenkə], 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 person to hold the PRIDE
heavyweight championship.

Emelianenko has been considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world for the last five years by many major
publications, including ESPN, the Orange County Register, The Fight Network, the Houston Chronicle, The Wrestling
Observer, and Inside MMA.[8][9] In addition to holding notable individual wins over K-1 super heavyweight champion
Semmy Schilt, former PRIDE and current UFC champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), PRIDE 2006 open weight
champion Mirko Filipović, former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, and Mark Hunt, 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 championships.
Fedor Emelianenko was born in 1976 in Rubizhne, Luhansk, part of the Luhansk Oblast region of the Ukrainian SSR
in the Soviet Union.[6] His family moved to Stary Oskol, Russian SFSR in 1978. His mother, Olga Fedorovna, is a
teacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a steel worker. [10] 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.[3]

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.[3] In 1999, he married his wife Oksana, and
their first daughter Masha was born in the same year.[6] In 2006, Emelianenko broke up with his wife and started a
new family with his girlfriend Marina.[11] On December 29, 2007, his second daughter Vasilisa was born.[11] In his
spare time, he likes to read, listen to music and draw.[12][13]

Martial arts background and training regimen

Emelianenko demonstrates his ground and pound style at a 2006 seminar in Atlantic City.Emelianenko's enthusiasm
for fighting began with Sambo and judo. He initially trained under Vasiliy Ivanovich Gavrilov, and later under his
current coach, Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov. Voronov remembers that ten-year-old Fedor was relatively weak
physically and did not have an innate grappling talent; instead, his biggest strength was his perseverance and strong

Emeliananko's official biography erroneously states that he trained in Sambo during his army years. However, he has
specified in a 2005 interview that this is incorrect, and his training in the army was limited to running and strength
training in a makeshift gym he put together himself.[15]

In 1997, Emelianenko received the official certification of a "Master of Sports" in Sambo and judo and became part of
the Russian national team.[16] In 1998, after earning a bronze medal in the Russian Judo Championship, he started
studying striking with arms and legs under coach Alexander Vasilievich Michkov.[6] Emelianenko started competing in
combat sambo and mixed martial arts in 2000 at the age of 25, because he "didn't have any money".[17][18]

Emelianenko used to weight train extensively, but in 1999 he almost completely substituted his weight exercises with
sport-specific training in grappling, boxing, and kickboxing. His strength training consists of daily pull-ups, push ups
on parallel bars, and crunches.[19] Emelianenko also runs twice a day every day for a combined distance of 12–15
kilometers (7.5–9.3 mi),[20] 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.

Emelianenko's team 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.[21]

In 2005 Emelianenko started paying special attention to improving his kicking technique. He trained Muay Thai with
kickboxer Ernesto Hoost in Netherlands,[22] and added a Muay Thai coach, Ruslan Nagnibeda, “Seikin-do” league
78 kg title holder from 1998 to 2002 (33-3-1) and a former Tula State University Muay Thai instructor, to his team.
Recently, Emelianenko has expressed interest in training young athletes.[1]

In November 2007, Emelianenko competed once again in the 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.[23]

Club affiliation
Fedor Emelianenko began his mixed martial arts as a member of Russian Top Team, training with the first generation
of Russian RINGS competitors, such as Volk Han and Andrey Kopylov. After winning his PRIDE Heavyweight title, a
rift grew between Emelianenko and the manager of RTT, Vladimir Evgenevich Pogodin. According to Emelianenko,
Pogodin, who held the position of vice-president in the World Sambo Federation, attempted to control Emelianenko's
career through threats and abuse of his position to deny "Master of Sports" titles to Fedor and his brother
Aleksander, in addition to financial disputes between Pogodin and Emelianenko, with Fedor alleging he was deceived
by Pogodin.[24] After his bout with Gary Goodridge, the Emelianenko brothers left Russian Top Team and began to
train with the St. Petersburg based Red Devil Sport Club, which is managed by Vadim Finklestein.[15] To date,
Finklestein is still his manager. Emelianenko is also a member of the VOS gym in Holland, where he trains with Yogan
Vos and Lucien Carbin.[15][25]

Emelianenko's only loss in the sport is controversial and came at the hands of Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, at the King of
Kings 2000 Block B event on December 22, 2000, via doctor stoppage due to a cut 17 seconds into the fight.[26]
Footage shows that the cut was caused by a missed looping punch where Kohsaka's elbow struck Emelianenko's
head. Elbow strikes are illegal under RINGS rules unless the striker is wearing elbow pads, which Kohsaka wasn't.
Emelianenko says that this elbow reopened a cut sustained in his previous fight against Ricardo Arona.[27] Since the
fight was in a tournament format, a winner and loser was required as draws or no contests could not be awarded.
Since Emelianenko could not advance due to his injury, Kohsaka moved on (the match would have been a no contest
or disqualification victory for Emelianenko otherwise).[28] In spite of a hand injury, he avenged the loss at the PRIDE
Bushido 6 event on April 3, 2005, defeating Kohsaka by technical knockout when the ring doctor stopped the fight
after the first round.[25]

PRIDE Fighting Championships
Entering PRIDE on the heels of winning the RINGS King of Kings 2002 tournament, Emelianenko debuted at PRIDE
21 on June 23, 2002 against the 6 ft 11 in, 256 lb Dutch fighter Semmy Schilt, whom he defeated by unanimous
decision. His next opponent was heavyweight Heath Herring, in a contest to establish the number one contender for
the heavyweight title.[29] Emelianenko, considered an underdog at the time, defeated Herring by doctor stoppage
after the first round. This victory against a perennial contender brought him into title contention.[30]

Emelianenko was then signed to fight heavily favored Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira for PRIDE's heavyweight
championship title at PRIDE 25 on March 16, 2003.[30][31] The judges rendered a unanimous decision, and
Emelianenko became the second PRIDE Heavyweight Champion.[32]

Three months later Emelianenko embarked on his title reign. His first match was against the former IWGP
Heavyweight champion, amateur and professional wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita. A heavy favorite, Emelianenko was
expected to make quick work of Fujita, but was caught by a wild right hook that stunned him—Emelianenko has
claimed this is the only time he has ever been knocked down.[33][34] After working his way to a clinch, Emelianenko
knocked Fujita down and went on to submit him at 4:17 in the first round with a rear naked choke.

Next came a one-sided bout against heavy underdog Gary "Big Daddy" Goodridge at Total Elimination 2003.[35]
Emelianenko took down Goodridge after wobbling him with standing combinations, then finished him with a ground
and pound technique in the first round by referee stoppage after delivering unanswered punches and kicks to the
head.[35] Emelianenko broke his hand in this fight, resulting in surgery.[32] He has since reinjured this hand, leading
to the postponement of several bouts.[36]

His next fight against New Japan professional wrestler Yuji Nagata at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 ended the same way,
with Emelianenko first knocking Nagata to the ground twice with punches. Emelianenko fought at this event as
opposed to Shockwave 2003 on the same day due to being offered a higher fight purse because of the great deal of
competition between the Japanese television networks screening these events and K-1 Premium Dynamite!! on the
same night.[37]

Four months later at Total Elimination 2004, he met PRIDE 2000 Grand Prix winner and former UFC heavyweight
champion Mark Coleman for the first time in the ring and submitted him with an armbar at 2:11 of the first round to
advance in the 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix. Emelianenko has indicated his respect for Coleman, who popularized
the ground and pound technique that has become his trademark.[38]

A notable match with Coleman’s protégé Kevin "The Monster" Randleman followed just two months later at the
tournament's second round. Randleman, a two-time Division I NCAA Wrestling Champion for Ohio State University
and a former UFC heavyweight champion, quickly worked into a clinch with Emelianenko and then delivered a suplex,
slamming him to the canvas headfirst.[39] Emelianenko recovered immediately and forced Randleman to submit with
a kimura armlock 1:33 into the first round.[40][41]

On 15 August 2004, Emelianenko faced six-time All-Japan Judo Champion Naoya Ogawa in the semifinals of the
2004 Grand Prix. After submitting Ogawa with an armbar, he advanced to face Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, who had
won a decision against Emelianenko's former teammate Sergei Kharitonov earlier that night. This match was not only
to decide the winner of the 2004 Grand Prix, but to unify the heavyweight championship as Nogueira was awarded
the interim title due to Emelianenko's inability to defend his championship in a timely manner.[42] In this rematch with
Nogueira, the fight was stopped due to a cut to Emelianenko's head from an accidental headbutt he delivered to
Nogueira.[43] A third meeting was thus scheduled for Shockwave 2004, which Emelianenko won. Emelianenko
overpowered the Brazilian on the feet in the first round, beating him to the punch for the first nine minutes of the first
round.[43] Nogueira faced great difficulty in attempting to put his opponent on his back, save for the final 30 seconds
of the first round.[44] During the second and third rounds, Emelianenko's takedown defense and counter-punching
earned him a unanimous decision victory to retain the heavyweight championship.[43]

In other notable bouts, Emelianenko won a unanimous decision over former K-1 star Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, a bout
he calls his toughest to date.[45] The fight had been delayed previously due to Emelianenko's hand injuries and
Filipović's loss to Kevin Randleman derailing their expected meeting in the 2004 Grand Prix.[46] Emelianenko
managed to outscore Filipović in stand up fighting, landing many hard body shots, and controlled the bout on the
ground. He has later stated that his hand injury took away his grip strength and so prevented him from trying

Although originally endangered due to Emelianenko's recurring hand injury, a plate inserted in his hand green-
lighted a rematch with American Mark Coleman in PRIDE's American debut show.[48][49] In a fight where Coleman
was unable to mount any significant offense, Emelianenko defeated Coleman with an armbar at 1:15 in the second

Emelianenko's most recent title defense was against 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt at Shockwave
2006. Sporting a broken toe during the contest, Emelianenko nevertheless secured an armbar in the second minute
of the first round, but Hunt was able to escape and counter by stepping over Emelianenko, ending in side control.[51]
At five minutes into the first round, Hunt made two attempts at an americana on Emelianenko’s left arm but failed to
complete them.[52] Emelianenko submitted Hunt with a kimura at 8:16 in the first round.[53]

With a special clause in his PRIDE contract that allowed him to fight under the banner of any mixed martial arts
organization as long as the event was held on Russian soil, Emelianenko accepted a match in BodogFight against
Matt Lindland. The fight was held on April 14, 2007 at the "Clash of the Nations" event in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Lindland moved up two weight classes (from middleweight to heavyweight) for the match and came in weighing 218 lb
to Emelianenko's 233 lb.

Early in the fight, Lindland opened a cut above Emelianenko's left eye and clinched with him, pushing him into the
corner and working for a takedown. At this point, the referee warned Emelianenko against grabbing the ropes and
Emelianenko corrected himself. After a few seconds of working in the clinch, Lindland attempted a bodylock
takedown. When Lindland lifted Emelianenko from his feet, Emelianenko reached for and made contact with the top
rope; whether he grabbed it or only touched it remains a subject of disagreement.[54] After Emelianenko reversed
Lindland's takedown and landed in his half guard, the fight remained on the ground where Emelianenko won by
submission via armbar at 2:58 of the first round.

M-1 Global
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.[55] In a June 2007 interview with the
Baltimore Sun, Chuck Liddell suggested that Emelianenko was on his way to the UFC.[56] 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,[57] whereas Finklestein has cited difficult negotiations as the reason.[58] 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.[55] 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.[59] Nevertheless, these
negotiations broke down,[60] as Emelianenko committed to a non-exclusive, two-year and six-fight deal with M-1
Global in October 2007.[61][62]

Monte Cox, the president and CEO of M-1 Global, confirmed Emelianenko would face South Korean kickboxer Hong-
Man Choi in a New Year's Eve event, Yarennoka!, taking place in Japan and organized by the former PRIDE FC staff
with support from M-1 Global, FEG, and DEEP. The fight was broadcasted live in the United States on Mark Cuban's
HDNet. [63] Emelianenko defeated Choi in the opening round by submission via an armbar.[64]

DREAM and the future
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.[65] After Emelianenko parted ways with M-
1 Global,[66] At Affliction's inaugural event, promoted as Affliction: Banned, Emelianenko defeated former two-time
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia via submission in the first round.[67]

Mixed martial arts record
As of August 2008, Emelianenko has compiled an amateur record of seven wins without any losses,[28] and a
professional record of 29 wins, one loss, and one no contest; six of these wins are by knockout and sixteen by

Professional record breakdown  
31 matches 29 wins 1 loss
By knockout 6 1
By submission 16 0
By decision 7 0
No contests 1
Result   Opponent   Method   Event   Date   Round   Time   Location   
Win  SylviaTim Sylvia Submission (rear naked choke) Affliction: Banned 02008-07-19 19 July 2008 1 0:36  Anaheim,
California, United States
Win  ChoiHong-Man Choi Submission (armbar) Yarennoka! 02007-12-31 31 December 2007 1 1:54  Saitama, Japan
Win  LindlandMatt Lindland Submission (armbar) BodogFIGHT - Clash of the Nations 02007-04-14 14 April 2007 1 2:
58  St. Petersburg, Russia
Win  HuntMark Hunt Submission (kimura) PRIDE Shockwave 2006 02006-12-31 31 December 2006 1 8:16  Saitama,
Win  Coleman 2Mark Coleman Submission (armbar) PRIDE 32: The Real Deal 02006-10-21 21 October 2006 2 1:15  
Las Vegas, United States
Win  ZuluzinhoZuluzinho Submission (strikes) PRIDE Shockwave 2005 02005-12-31 31 December 2005 1 0:26  
Saitama, Japan
Win  FilipovićMirko Filipović Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Final Conflict 2005 02005-08-28 28 August 2005 3 5:00  
Saitama, Japan
Win  Kohsaka 2Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (doctor stoppage) PRIDE Bushido 6 02005-04-03 3 April 2005 1 10:00  
Yokohama, Japan
Win  Nogueira 3Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (unanimous) PRIDE Shockwave 2004 02004-12-31 31 December
2004 3 5:00  Saitama, Japan
zNC  Nogueira 2Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira No contest (accidental headbutt) PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 02004-08-15
15 August 2004 1 3:52  Saitama, Japan
Win  OgawaNaoya Ogawa Submission (armbar) PRIDE Final Conflict 2004 02004-08-14 14 August 2004August 15,
2004 1 0:54  Saitinokiama, Japan
Win  RandlemanKevin Randleman Submission (kimura) PRIDE Critical Countdown 2004 02004-06-20 20 June 2004
1 1:33  Saitama, Japan
Win  Coleman 1Mark Coleman Submission (armbar) PRIDE Total Elimination 2004 02004-04-25 25 April 2004 1 2:11  
Saitama, Japan
Win  NagataYuji Nagata TKO (punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 02003-12-31 31 December 2003 1 1:02  Kobe, Japan
Win  GoodridgeGary Goodridge TKO (strikes) PRIDE Total Elimination 2003 02003-08-10 10 August 2003 1 1:09  
Saitama, Japan
Win  FujitaKazuyuki Fujita Submission (rear naked choke) PRIDE 26: Bad to the Bone 02003-06-08 8 June 2003 1 4:
17  Tokyo, Japan
Win  ValaviciusEgidijus Valavicius Submission (kimura) RINGS Lithuania - Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas 02003-04-05
5 April 2003 2 1:11  Vilnius, Lithuania
Win  Nogueira 1Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 25: Body Blow 02003-03-16 16 March 2003
3 5:00  Yokohama, Japan
Win  HerringHeath Herring TKO (doctor stoppage) PRIDE 23: Championship Chaos 2 02002-11-24 24 November
2002 1 10:00  Tokyo, Japan
Win  SchiltSemmy Schilt Decision (unanimous) PRIDE 21: Demolition 02002-06-23 23 June 2002 3 5:00  Saitama,
Win  HasemanChris Haseman TKO (lost points) RINGS - World Title Series Grand Final 02002-02-15 15 February
2002 1 2:50  Kanagawa, Japan
Win  HasdellLee Hasdell Submission (guillotine choke) RINGS - World Title Series 5 02001-12-21 21 December 2001
1 4:10  Kanagawa, Japan
Win  YanagisawaRyushi Yanagisawa Decision (unanimous) RINGS - World Title Series 4 02001-10-20 20 October
2001 3 5:00  Tokyo, Japan
Win  SobralRenato Sobral Decision (unanimous) RINGS - 10th Anniversary 02001-08-11 11 August 2001 2 5:00  
Tokyo, Japan
Win  SchallKerry Schall Submission (armbar) RINGS - World Title Series 1 02001-04-20 20 April 2001 1 1:47  Tokyo,
Win  ApostolovMihail Apostolov Submission (rear naked choke) RINGS Russia - Russia vs. Bulgaria 02001-04-06 6
April 2001 1 1:03  Ekaterinburg, Russia
xLoss  Kohsaka 1Tsuyoshi Kohsaka TKO (cut) RINGS - King of Kings 2000 Block B 02000-12-22 22 December 2000
1 0:17  Osaka, Japan
Win  AronaRicardo Arona Decision (unanimous) RINGS - King of Kings 2000 Block B 02000-12-21 21 December
2000December 22, 2000 3 5:00  Osaka, Japan
Win  TakadaHiroya Takada KO (punches) RINGS - Battle Genesis Vol. 6 02000-09-05 5 September 2000 1 0:12  
Tokyo, Japan
Win  LagvilavaLevon Lagvilava Submission (choke) RINGS - Russia vs. Georgia 02000-08-16 16 August 2000 1 7:
24  Tula, Russia
Win[7]  LazarevMartin Lazarev Submission (guillotine choke) RINGS - ? 01900-01-01 1 January 19002000[1] 1 2:24  
Ekaterinburg, Russia

Championships and accomplishments

Mixed martial arts
Status Date Championship Weight Location
Champion July 19, 2008 - present WAMMA World Heavyweight Championship Heavyweight  Anaheim, California, USA
Champion March 16, 2003 - April 8, 2007 PRIDE World Heavyweight Championship[6] Heavyweight  Yokohama,
Winner 2004 PRIDE Grand Prix Tournament Heavyweight  Saitama, Japan
Winner 2002 RINGS Kings of Kings Tournament Open Weight  Yokohama, Japan
Winner 2001 RINGS World Class Tournament[69] Heavyweight  Yokohama, Japan

Status Date Championship Weight Location
7th April 1, 2000 Dutch Grand Prix[70] 100 kg  Rotterdam, Netherlands
3rd February 7, 1999 Sofia Liberation A-Team[70] 100 kg  Sofia, Bulgaria
3rd January 24, 1999 Moscow International Tournament[70] 100 kg  Moscow, Russia
3rd December 5, 1998 Russian National Championships[70] Open weight  Kstovo, Russia
Winner 1997 Russian National Championships[71] 100KG[citation needed]  Kursk, Russia

Status Date Championship Weight Location
Winner 2008 World Combat Sambo Championships[23] Open weight  Prague, Czech Republic
Winner 2007 World Combat Sambo Championships[23] Open weight  Prague, Czech Republic
Winner 2007 Russian Combat Sambo Championships[72] ?  Buryat Republic, Russia
Winner 2006 Russian Combat Sambo Championships[72] ?  Buryat Republic, Russia
Winner 2005 World Combat Sambo Championships Heavyweight  Prague, Czech Republic
Winner 2002 World Combat Sambo Championships[6] Open weight  Panama City, Panama
Winner 2002 World Combat Sambo Championships Heavyweight  Thessaloniki, Greece
Winner 2002 Russian Combat Sambo Championships ?  Moscow, Russia
3rd 2000 Russian Combat Sambo Championships[6] ?  Orenburg, Russia
Winner 1998 Russian Armed Forces Combat Sambo Championships[6] ?  Russia
2nd 1998 Russian Armed Forces Combat Sambo Championships[6] Open weight  Russia
3rd 1998 Russian Combat Sambo Championships[6] ?  Kaliningrad, Russia
Winner 1997 European Combat Sambo Championships[73] ?  Tbilisi, Georgia
Winner 1997 Russian Combat Sambo Championships[71] ?  St. Petersburg, Russia