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The History Of Fedor Emelianenko

By Nathan Williams

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 is also a member of Vos Gym in Holland.

Early Life:

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. Later, 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.

MMA Beginnings:

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? 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 is a very well-rounded mixed martial artist that is considered one of the best of all-time. Along with this, he hits hard, is technically sound on his feet, and possesses excellent submission skills. Further, his stellar takedowns, takedown defense, and ground control skills make him a ground and pound nightmare.

Beyond that, he is a very strong 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, pushups, and chin ups to pumping iron.

Personal Life:

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.

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