Biography(references)Emelianenko was born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. At age 11, Emelianenko began to practice Sambo and Judo under the tutelage of Vasily Ivanovich Gavrilov. According to Voronov, Emelianenko did not stand out from his peers initially but would achieve future success thanks to his own perseverance and hard work for many years. In 2000, due to a lack of money, Emelianenko left the Russian national team and began to compete professionally in mixed martial arts.
Fighter Trivia(references)In 1999, two years after his army service, he married Oksana, whom he had known since school, and their daughter Masha was born in the same year. His entrance theme song, oy, to ne vecher, was performed at his request by archdeacon Andrey Zheleznyakov, soloist at the Episcopal Choir of the Nizhny Novgorod Diocese. Emelianenko was one of 80 Russian sports champions, cultural icons and national heroes to carry the Olympic torch in St. Petersburg in 2008.
Awards & Accolades
Bellator MMA: Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Finalist
PRIDE Fighting Championships: PRIDE Heavyweight Championship (One time; Last)
PRIDE Fighting Championships: Three successful title defenses
PRIDE Fighting Championships: PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight World Grand Prix Champion
Full Fight | Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko | Bellator 214
Full Fight | Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen | Bellator 208
Highlights | Fedor Emelianenko Knockouts
Fight Outcomes - WinsLosses
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