Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (born September 28, 1976) is a Russian heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter.
Name Fedor Emelianenko
Nick Name The Last Emperor
Record 30 – 1 – 0 (Win – Loss – Draw) ( 1 NC )
Wins 7 (T)KOs ( 23.33 %)
16 Submissions ( 53.33 %)
7 Decisions ( 23.33 %)
Losses 1 (T)KOs ( 100 %)
Association Red Devil Sport Club
Height 6’0″ (183cm)
Weight 233lbs (106kg)
Birth Date 1976-09-28
He is the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion and the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship. He has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, most notably the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judo championship.
Emelianenko has been universally considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world for the last six years by major publications, including ESPN, Sherdog, Full Contact Fighter, MMA Weekly, and Nokaut. Several mixed martial arts publications currently rank Emelianenko as the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He holds the distinction of having held five separate major championships including the Rings World Heavyweight and King of Kings Championships, the Pride World Heavyweight and Heavyweight Grand Prix Championships and the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship. Many analysts, as well as former and current fighters consider Emelianenko to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
Fedor Emelianenko, whose name is sometimes romanized as Fyodor Yemelyanenko, was born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk of the Ukrainian SSR, then part of the Soviet Union. His family moved to Stary Oskol, Belgorod of the Russian SFSR in 1978. His mother, Olga Fedorovna, was a teacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a welder. Emelianenko is the second child in the family and has an older sister and two younger brothers, including professional mixed martial artist Aleksander Emelianenko. His other brother Ivan has also trained but not competed at his brothers’ level.
Emelianenko finished high school in 1991 and graduated with honors from a professional trade school in 1994. From 1995 until 1997, he served in the Russian Army as a military firefighter. In 1999, he married his wife Oksana, and their first daughter Masha was born in the same year. In 2006, Emelianenko broke up with his wife and started a new family with his girlfriend Marina. On December 29, 2007, his second daughter Vasilisa was born. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music, and draw.
Fedor had the honour of being one of 80 Russian sporting champions, cultural icons and national heroes to carry the Olympic torch in St. Petersburg in 2008.
Martial Arts Background & Training Regimen
There has never been a more dominant fighter in any weight class nor has anyone fought the number of fights he has fought against quality opponents than the Russian machine. He has fought every style of fighter there is: from world class wrestlers (Mark Coleman and Kevin Randleman), Olympic Judo Medalist (Naoya Ogawa), jiu-jitsu master (Minotauro Nogueira), K-1 level fighters (Semmy Schilt and Mirko Cro Cop), street fighter (Mark Hunt). Most of his opponents have outweighed him and are usually much taller than him.
Emelianenko’s enthusiasm for fighting began with Sambo and Judo. He initially trained under Vasiliy Ivanovich Gavrilov, and later under his current coach, Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov. Voronov remembers that ten-year-old Fedor was relatively weak physically and did not have an innate grappling talent; instead, Fedor’s biggest strength was his perseverance and strong will.
From 1995 until 1997, Emelianenko served in the Russian Army. His official biography erroneously states that he trained in Sambo during his army years. However, Fedor has specified in his 2005 Amsterdam interview that this is incorrect, and his training in the army was limited to running and strength training in a makeshift gym he put together himself.
In 1997, Emelianenko received the official certification of a “Master of Sports” in Sambo and Judo. Fedor earned a bronze medal in the 1998 Russian Judo Championship. In 2000, he started studying striking with arms and legs under coach Alexander Vasilievich Michkov. Fedor started competing in combat sambo and mixed martial arts in 2000, because he “didn’t have any money”.
Fedor used to weight train extensively, but in 1999 he almost completely substituted his weight exercises with sport-specific training in grappling, boxing and kick-boxing. His strength training consists of daily pull-ups, push ups on parallel bars, and crunches. Emelianenko also runs 12-15 kilometers (7.5 – 9.3 miles) every day. Fedor is a proponent of high altitude training, and he travels to Kislovodsk, Russia with his team once or twice a year to train in high altitude.
Fedor’s team consists of coach Voronov (grappling), coach Michkov (boxing), coach Ruslan Nagnibeda (Muay Thai), and his training partners: his brother, Aleksander Emelianenko, and Roman Zentsov, another PRIDE fighter.
In 2005 Emelianenko started paying special attention to improving his kicking technique. He trained Muay Thai with kickboxer Ernesto Hoost in Netherlands, and added a Muay Thai coach, Ruslan Nagnibeda, “Seikin-do” league 78 kg title holder from 1998 to 2002 (33-3-1) to his team.
Fedor remains as one of the most professional fighters around. In every match he knows that he is representing not only himself but the Red Devils Sport Club, his city, his beloved Russia, and the sport of Sambo. The expectations that so many people have for him has made him work harder than anyone. He shows his respect for the sport of MMA and the MMA fans by utilizing his physical gifts to the utmost and always coming prepared for a fight. Every aspiring fighter should emulate this great champion. We need more fighters like Fedor Emelianenko to bring the sport to mainstream status.