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"The New Emperor"

Vitaly Minakov


Win Rate
92 %
Finish Rate
91 %
Decision Win %
67 %

Vitaly Minakov

6' 3 (191 cm)
78 in. (6' 6/198 cm)
Russian Federation
Main Division
Vitaly Viktorovich Minakov is a Russian mixed martial artist, sambist and judoka currently competing in the heavyweight division of Bellator MMA, where he is the former Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Champion. A professional competitor since 2010, he has also competed for M-1 Global and Fight Nights Global.

Awards & Accolades

  • Bellator MMA: Bellator Heavyweight World Championship (One time)
  • Bellator MMA: One Successful Title Defense.
  • Bellator MMA: Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Championship.
  • Bellator MMA: Tied (with Tyrell Fortune) for most knockout victories in Bellator Heavyweight division (five)
  • Fight Nights Global: Undefeated in Fight Nights (9-0)
  • Global-MMA: Global-MMA Fighter of the Year 2013.
  • Fédération Internationale de Sambo (FIAS): Sambo World Champion (4 time)
  • Fédération Internationale de Sambo (FIAS): Russian National Champion (4 time)
  • Fédération Internationale de Sambo (FIAS): Russian Presidential Cup Sambo Champion (3 time - 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Russian Judo Federation: 2006 Russian U23 Championships: 1st place
  • Russian Judo Federation: 2005 Russian U23 Championships: 3rd place
  • Russian Judo Federation: 2004 Russian U20 Championships: 2nd place

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Fighter Videos

Full Fight | Vitaly Minakov vs. Timothy Johnson | Bellator 225
Full Fight | Vitaly Minakov vs. Alexander Volkov | Bellator 108
Highlights | Vitaly Minakov


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