Fedor / Fedor Emelianenko (The Last Emperor)
Fedor (Emelianenko Fedor Vladimirovich, «The Last Emperor», «The Last Emperor”) – an outstanding Russian mixed martial arts; multiple world champion in MMA version of «PRIDE» and «RINGS»; Honored Master of Sports, a seven-time Russian champion and four-time world champion in combat sambo, International Master of Sports in judo.
Fedor Emelianenko was born on September 28, 1976 in Ukraine, in the city of Rubizhne, the son of a welder, Vladimir Alexandrovich, and vocational teacher, Olga Feodorovna. Fyodor was the second child in the family after older sister Marina (1974), and then the couple Emelianenko was born two sons – Alexander (born in 1981) and Ivan (born 1988). In 1978 the family moved to the Belgorod region, in the city of Stary Oskol, which became Fyodor native home, which he did not leave, even becoming a famous athlete.
At the age of ten Fedor begins to engage in sambo and judo under coach Vasily Gavrilov. A year later, Emelianenko enlisted in the sport class formed trainer Vladimir Voronov. After high school, Fedor entered the vocational school, which he graduated in 1994 with honors in the specialty “Electric”. In 1995 he was drafted into the Armed Forces, where he served first in the army fire, and then to a tank division. In the army Emelianenko stopped doing sports, however, due to the specifics of military service, is mainly engaged in general physical training. After the service in 1997, Fedor won the title of Master of Sports in Sambo, and two months later won an international tournament and became Master of Sports in judo.
In 2000, Fedor starts boxing under the guidance of Alexander Michkova. In the same year he became a member of the team «Russian Top Team», which leaves in 2003 and goes into «Red Devil Fighting Team» Vadim Finkelstein. Professional career MMA fighter Fedor started in the Japanese organization «RINGS». Under its auspices, from 2000 to 2002, Emelianenko had 11 fights, becoming a double champion in the heavyweight division RINGS. In 2002, Fyodor RINGS leaves and goes to Pride Fighting Championships, where a year later, in 2003, defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, it is PRIDE FC champion in the heavyweight division. Over the next year Emelianenko has met twice with Nogueira – one duel declared invalid due to a cut received Fedor, and the last masts puts everything in its place and Emelianenko to the title in the PRIDE heavyweight championship belt adds Pride Heavyweight Grand Prix 2004.
Once the bankruptcy Pride Fighting Championships and transfer of assets to the company Zuffa, parent company UFC, Fedor, despite long negotiations with the overseas promotion, refuses to continue a career in the “Octagon”. Instead, Emelianenko signed a contract with the young Russian company «M-1 Global», and for the next three years, four wins early victory, speaking under the banner of such promotions as the Yarennoka, Affliction and Strikeforce. Defeating Hong Man Choi, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski and Brett Rogers, in June 2010, Fyodor suddenly suffers first indisputable defeat of his career in the tournament «Strikeforce / M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum”, losing to Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Fabricio Werdum, “triangle”in the first round. Seven months later, Fedor Emelianenko back in the cage as part of the first round of the Grand Prix heavyweight Strikeforce, and suffers another defeat in a sensational duel against another Brazilian, Antonio”Bigfoot” Silva. In July 2011, Theodore makes one more attempt to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of his fans, and goes against veteran PRIDE and Strikeforce, Dan Henderson, who lost by knockout in the first round and completes their performances under the banner of overseas promotion.
Once this Fedor closes three defeats strip of three victories, writing in the active matches against Jeff Monson, Satoshi Ishii and Pedro Rizzo and announced the completion of fighter’s career.
In 2012, Fedor elected president of the Russian Union of MMA.