Fedor Emelianenko

Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist

Febor Emelianenko
Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist Source: Google

Russian mixed martial artist Fedor Emelianenko currently fights for Rizin Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA. In addition, Fedor has won the event five times.

Early Life, Family, and Education

On September 28, 1976, Fedor Emelianenko was born in Rubizhne, a Ukrainian city in the Luhansk Oblast.

When his parents Vladimir Alexandrovich and Olga Fedorovna made the decision to go to Russia, he was only two years old. His mother was a teacher and they resided in Stary Oskol, Belgorod Oblast. His father was a welder.

Emelianenko began training Sambo and Judo at the age of 11 under the guidance of Vasily Ivanovich Gavrilov. Likewise, at age 12, he started attending formal athletics lessons with instructor Vladimir Voronov.

In 1991, he graduated from high school and enrolled in a technical college. He earned his electrician diploma from the trade school in 1994 with honors.


After quitting the Russian national team, Fedor Emelianenko joined the Russian Top Team (RTT). It was connected to the Fighting Network Rings combat sports competition in Japan.

He consequently got the chance to receive instruction from Volk Han and Andrei Kopylov. Soon after, he quit RTT and joined the Red Devil Sport Club MMA school in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Emelianenko began his MMA fighting career on May 21st, 2000 for Rings. In addition, he also won four games in a row that year, but a defeat in December broke his winning streak.

Tsuyoshi Kohsaka was Emelianenko’s opponent when his opponent’s elbow impacted Emelianenko in the head. The elbow attack, which was outside the rules for the bout, widened Emelianenko’s cut from an earlier encounter.

Pride Fighting Championships

Emelianenko faced Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt in his Pride Fighting Championships debut on June 23, 2002. Following his unanimous victory against Schilt, he went on to defeat MMA competitor Heath Herring.

At Pride 25, Emelianenko faced off against former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira. The event took place in which took place on March 16, 2003.

Nevertheless, he used ground and pound to control the battle for twenty minutes while avoiding Nogueria’s guard.

Similarly, the judges unanimously decided that Fedor Emelianenko should win the Pride Heavyweight Championship.

He competed in the 2004 Pride Heavyweight World Grand Prix competition.

Also, he defeated Japanese judoka Naoya Ogawa in the semifinals. He next competed in the championship match against Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Similarly, he participated in a championship defense battle at Pride Final Conflict 2005 against Croatian kickboxer Mirko Cro Cop. After a twenty-minute battle, he prevailed.

At Pride Shockwave 2006, he defeated Mark Hunt to successfully defend his heavyweight belt for the final fight.


He triumphed against Brett Rogers on November 7, 2009, in the Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers main event. But on June 26, 2010, Emelianenko was submitted in the first match of his career against Fabricio Werdum.

Prior to the fight, Emelianenko was already thinking about retiring due to worsening physical ailments.

Indeed, he fell short in his next two matches with Strikeforce, though, and eventually quit the MMA league.

He traveled back to Japan on December 31, 2011, to take part in Fight for Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka. Fedor knocked out Satoshi Ishii to win the bout.

Fedor Emelianenko Return to MMA

He made a triumphant return to the MMA arena on July 14, 2015, competing under the Rizin Fighting Federation banner. Meanwhile, he defeated Indian heavyweight kickboxer Jaideep Singh in his first match after making a comeback via submission.

Fedor competed against Fábio Maldonado on June 17, 2016. The promotional event was hosted in St. Petersburg, Russia.

He formally committed to a number of fights with Bellator MMA. Emelianenko then knocked out Matt Mitrione at the Bellator NYC event on June 24, 2017.

In 2018, Fedor Emelianenko participated in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix to win the title of champion. In addition, at Bellator 198 on April 28, 2018, he squared off against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir, winning by knockout.

On October 13, 2018, he knocked out Chael Sonnen in the event’s semifinals. However, he was defeated by Ryan Bader in the final contest, and on January 26, 2019, Bader won the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.

Whereas, Emelianenko defeated Quinton Jackson by knockout on December 29, 2019, at Bellator 237. In addition, on October 23, 2021, at Bellator 269, he knocked out Timothy Johnson.

Fedor Emelianenko Marriage and Kids

Emelianenko wed Oksana, his high school girlfriend, in 1999, and the two welcomed Masha the following year. However, the couple formally parted ways in 2006.

Emelianenko and his partner Marina had their second child, Vasilisa, on December 29, 2007. Regardless of Emelianenko still being married to Oksana, there were speculations that the two were having a relationship.

In July 2011, their younger daughter Elizaveta was born. They exchanged wedding vows in 2009.

Fedor and Marina divorced in 2013 following seven years of marriage. A year later, he remarried his first wife, Oksana.

Net Worth

One of the top ten wealthiest MMA competitors in the world is Fedor Emelianenko. Meanwhile, he receives payment for an event that ranges from close to $300,000 to $2 million, depending on the MMA promoter.

In his professional career, Emelianenko has earned more than $8 million. Additionally, he presently shares ownership of St. Petersburg, Russia-based M-1 Global.

Social Media

He posts largely MMA and fighting team-related information on social media. However, he wants to keep his personal life off of it.

Emelianenko doesn’t, however, have a public Facebook or Twitter account.

Instagram1.1 million followers


Who exactly is Aleksander Emelianenko?

Aleksander Emelianenko is a three-time Russian National Combat Sambo Champion and a mixed martial artist.

He is also recognized as the younger brother of former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko.

Who has defeated Fedor Emelianenko?

Fedor had had six losses in his 47 MMA matches as of 2021. He was knocked out five times and submitted once.

Quick Facts

Full Name: Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko
Date Of Birth: September 28, 1976
Birth Place: Rubizhne, Ukraine
Residence: Stary Oskol, Russia
Age: 45
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Height: 6 feet (1.83 m)
Weight: 106 kg (233 lb)
High School: Not Available
University Name: Belgorod State University
Horoscope: Libra
Religion: Christianity
Nationality: Russian
Ethnicity: Russian-Ukrainian
Father’s Name: Vladimir Alexandrovich
Mother’s Name: Olga Fedorovna
Siblings: Marina, Aleksander, and Ivan
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Light Blue
Skin Colour: Fair
Marital Status: Married
Partner: Oksana Emelianenko
Kids: Elizabeth, Vasilisa, and Masha
Profession: Mixed Martial Artist
Division: Heavyweight

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