Fedor Emelianenko is a heavyweight mixed martial artist hailing from Russia. He has held the PRIDE Fighting Championships heavyweight title from 3/16/2003 up until today’s date of 2/11/2007. Fedor is considered by many to be one of the best, if not the best heavyweight the sport has ever seen.
Not only has Fedor risen to the top of the MMA world, he is also an accomplished Judo and Sambo competitor. He was the 1998 bronze medalist in the Russian Judo Championships absolute division and the 1999 bronze medalist in the Moscow International Judo Tournament heavyweight division. In 2002 he was the Russian Combat Sambo Champion. Also in 2002 he was the World Combat Sambo Champion in both the heavyweight and absolute divisions. Then in 2005 he once again won the World Combat Sambo Championships in the heavyweight division.
Emelianenko began his MMA career fighting in the Rings organization. While in Rings he faced and defeated by unanimous decision both Ricardo Arona and Renato “Babalu” Sobral. It is also there that he suffered his one and only loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka due to a cut received just 17 seconds into the first round. The cut was due to an elbow which was not legal under Rings rules. Normally this would result in a no contest ruling (because it appeared to be unintentional), but the fight was in an elimination tournament and one of the fighters needed to progress. Emelianenko could not continue because of the cut, so Kohsaka was given the victory and moved on to the next round. Later on in PRIDE Bushido 6 Fedor would avenge this loss with a first round TKO.
Once in the Pride ring, Fedor immediately dispatched Semmy Schilt and Heath Herring. He then challenged Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira for the Pride Heavyweight title and won.
After winning the belt, Emelianenko fought and defeated such notable fighters as Mark Coleman (twice), Kevin Randleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (for the second time), Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Mark Hunt.
All together Fedor Emelinenko’s MMA record as of 2/11/2007 is 25 wins, 1 loss, 0 draws and 1 no contest.
Fedor Emelianenko Highlight Video
Fedor vs Cro Cop
Fedor vs Mark Hunt
Fedor Emelianenko vs Mark Coleman 2