twitter google

Fedor Emelianenko Takes The Combat Sambo World Championship

The following is an excerpt from an article on

Fedor Emelianenko won the open-weight division of the 31st Combat Sambo World Championship on Nov. 10 in Prague. With the win, the 31-year-old Russian, widely regarded as the No. 1 heavyweight fighter in the world, defended the title he won two years ago in the Czech Republic capital.

To do so, he had to step on the mats only once. The 220-plus-pound representative from Uzbekistan did not show in Prague, thus giving Fedor a bye to the semifinals. There he quickly took out a Bulgarian fighter via choke to set up a meeting with a Ukrainian competitor in the finals.

Much to Fedor’s chagrin, the Ukrainian fighter, who had defeated UFC veteran Kristof Midoux in the other semifinal, did not turn up either, handing Fedor the victory.