Fedor Emelianenko is one of the toughest fighter to ever grace the mixed martial arts circles. This Russian powerhouse is known in the ring and in the MMA as The Last Emperor. He is a titled heavyweight mixed martial artist, sambist, and judoka.
Born on September 9, 1976, Emelianenko stands at 6 feet and is approximately 223 pounds at his last weigh-in. His enthusiasm for wrestling began when he trained for self-defense and judo. He first trained under Gavrilov V.I, then a year later trained under Voronov V.M. He holds a Master of Sports in self-defense and a Master of Sports in Judo.
When he began his career in professional mixed martial arts, he paved the way to becoming a legend with four straight victories to his name. Even though he had a controversial loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Emelianenko went on to win his next 28 fights until June 26, 2010. However, his long winning streak would be followed by a 3 fight losing streak between the years June 2010 to June 2012.
He took this all in stride and garnered a great number of awards and accolades not only in MMA, but in multiple sports. In 2008, he was awarded with the Submission/Beatdown of the Year award. In 2009, the Knockout of the Year awards, the Heavyweight of the Year awards, and the Fighter of the Year awards. Emelianenko has also won several Fight of the Decade awards.
He has been dubbed the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time and has been compared to the likes of legends in different sports. Emelianenko’s last fight was with Frank Mir in Bellator 198 last April 28, 2018. His record stands at 37 wins, 5 losses, and 1 no contest.