A.K.A: The Last Emperor
Place of Birth: Rubizhne, Luhansk, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Fedor Emelianenko is widely regarded as the one of the top 5 MMA fighter on the planet, regardless of weight.
He was the last holder of the Pride Heavyweight Championship and has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, including the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judo championship. On July 19, 2008, he defeated Tim Sylvia to become the first ever WAMMA heavyweight champion.
He also holds the distinction of having held five separate major championships including the RINGS World Heavyweight and King of Kings Championships, the Pride Fighting Championships World Heavyweight and Heavyweight Grand Prix Championships and the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship.
He signed with Strikeforce in August of 2009 after negotiations with the UFC fell through. He suffered the first real defeat of his career in his second fight with the organization, losing to Fabricio Werdum via submission at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum is June of 2010.
Before the loss to Werdum, his only loss had come in December of 2000 in a highly controversial decision during a tournament to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka. The fight was stopped after approximately 15 seconds when Fedor received a cut from an illegal elbow from Kohsaka. Normally Kohsaka would have been disqualified, however because it was a tournament, Kohsaka advanced while Fedor was considered “eliminated”. Fedor would go on to avenge the loss in 2005.
After the loss to Werdum, Emelianenko lost to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the opening round of the Strikeforce Grand Prix tournament. Emelianenko was dominated by Silva in the second round, causing his right eye to be shut. The referee stopped the bout, earning Fedor his second real loss in a row. After the fight, Fedor insinuated that he may retire from the sport.
MAJOR TITLES HELD: RINGS World Heavyweight and King of Kings Championships, Pride Fighting Championships World Heavyweight and Heavyweight Grand Prix Championships, World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship
NOTABLE VICTORIES: Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Matt Lindland, Mark Hunt, Mark Coleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Naoya Ogawa, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Yuji Nagata, Gary Goodridge, Kazuyuki Fujita, Heath Herring, Ricardo Arona
NOTABLE LOSSES: Antonio Silva, Fabricio Werdum, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka