February 12, 2011 by staff
Fedor Emelianenko, Emelianenko was born in 1976 in the town of Rubizhne; Luhansk in what was then the Ukrainian SSR (now Ukraine). In 1978, when he was two, his family moved to inside the Soviet Union in Stary Oskol, Belgorod of the RSFSR. His mother, Fyodorovna Olga, 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 her two younger brothers, including professional mixed martial artist Aleksander Emelianenko. Fedor also trains with his younger brother Ivan, who was involved in the fight against the Sambo, and plans to begin a career in MMA in 2010.
Emelianenko finished high school in 1991 and graduated with honors from a professional trade school in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he served in the Russian army as a military firefighter. In 1999, he married his wife Oksana, Masha and their daughter was born the same year. They divorced in 2006. On December 29, 2007, his second daughter, Vasilisa, was born of his long time girlfriend Marina. Emelianenko and Marina were married in October 2009. In his spare time he enjoys reading, listening to music and draw. It is a practice Orthodox Christian and a parishioner of the church of St. Nicolas in Stary Oskol. Her confessor is Archpriest Andrei Zinoviev.
Emelianenko has been widely considered the best heavyweight fighter in the world during the past seven years by leading publications, including ESPN.com, Sherdog, Full Contact Fighter, MMA Weekly, and Nokaut. On October 27, 2010, Sherdog.com sees it as the contestant No. 4 in the heavyweight division. He holds the distinction of having held five distinct major championships, including the heavyweight RINGS World Championships and King of kings, the Pride Fighting Championships World Heavyweight and Heavyweight Grand Prix Championships and the World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Championship. Manyanlysts and fighters, past and present, Emelianenko has to be the greatest martial artist of all time.
Up to pat Fabricio Werdum June 26, 2010, Emelianenko has been widely regarded as invincible. The only previous loss of his career came after he had been illegally cut and then eliminated from a tournament.
After a scorching day several promotional activities, Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem ended his week by pressing the legendary campus to ESPN to appear as a guest on “MMA Live.”
Although Overeem will not compete tonight at “Strikeforce” Silva vs. Fedor, “it did not prevent him from providinganlysis on the highly anticipated Heavyweight Grand Prix. Asked about the main event tonight between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Silva, “The Demolition Man” did not quite agree with Fedor 5.5 to-1 favorite status.
“I think it is realistic, Fedor has lost his last fight,” said Overeem “Bigfoot” shock the world. “Silva does not meet this well in his last fight, and – although he did win. I think they are both going to be motivated. Silva is a big guy, strong. Fedor is a man with surprises.
“I’d give it 60/40 to Fedor.” Overeem will meet upset specialist Fabricio Werdum in the quarterfinals, April 9. The winner will then advance to face Emelianenko (or Silva) in the second round of the tournament.
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