Heavyweight Vitaly Minakov has heard people refer to him as the biggest MMA fighter to come out of Russia since Fedor Emelianenko.
“I cannot say that I really enjoy it because first of all, I’m a person who first does things, who first tries to achieve things and after that, I will be able to say something,” said Minakov to MMA Mania. “First I will have to get close to the things that Fedor has done during his career and only then will I be able to speak about how good I am.”
Minakov is undefeated with 11 wins. He joined Bellator finishing eight of his nine fights in round one. He’s taken a pair of finishes for Bellator, including a 32 second stoppage of Ron Sparks.
Now in the finals of the 2013 Summer Series heavyweight tournament, Minakov takes on Ryan Martinez at Bellator 97. It’s July 31 from the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, NM. The main card airs live on Spike TV.
Emelianenko retired last year at 35-4. He was considered by some as the best heavyweight for years.