Fedor Emelianenko is considered to be the best heavyweight fighter in the history of MMA, ranking in the top 2 or 3 in every pound for pound ranking you will find. In Russia he is their Michael Jordan, but his sport of calling is Sambo. Fedor and his brother Aleksander will enter the 2009 Russian Combat Sambo Championship, which takes place on February 21st at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. The two brothers will both enter the competition in the same weight class of 100-Kg, making an all-Emelianenko finals a likely possibility.
Fedor will be looking to do something he hasn’t ever done as he tries to rebound from a third place finish in his last Sambo Tourney. Fedor is in a league of his own when it comes to wins and losses in both sports. He has only suffered 1 MMA loss and that was due to an illegal elbow with many feel that he has never been beaten in the sport of MMA. His recent Sambo loss last November was not as controversial. He suffered a 8-5 loss to Bulgarian Blagoi Ivanov, but was able to finish third in the tournament. The loss was his first in 8 years in the sport.
Everyone outside of Fedor’s camp made this a much larger deal than truth be told. Everyone has a bad day. Although the king of Sambo had seemed to be unbeatable, the loss was simply one loss. One reason the loss was taken out of proportion was the fact that Sambo is more of a past time for him. It isn’t what pays the bills, and outside of Russia it is not what defines the fighter.
Fedor successfully defended his WAMMA world title against Andrei Arlovski via first-round knockout in January and at this time his next opponent for an MMA fight has not been put on paper, though he’s expected to meet Josh Barnett this summer.