Fresh off a first round beatdown of super heavyweight punching bag Bob Sapp in May, Alexander Emelianenko returned to action on July 4 with his own brand of fisticuff fireworks. Alex took on Brazilian striker Jose Rodrigo “Dragao” Guelke (15-10) at “ProFC 49: Resurrection” in Khimiki, Russia and used his trademark boxing to stop Guelke about midway through the opening round.
With the win the 31-year-old Pride veteran improved his record to an impressive 23-6. However, it should be noted this was Guelke’s fifth straight loss. And as long as Alex continues to batter guys like Sapp and Guelke, it’s hard to take him seriously.
The last time Alex fought anyone of note was Jeff Monson last November and Monson submitted him in the second round. Still, a man has to earn a living, even if you are the brother of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko. Nice beard though.
There was a time when Alex was considered among the best in the world and wanted to fight for the UFC. At this point it seems, just like his brother, those dreams will never be realized. Alex is expected to fight again in November against old rival Mirko Cro Cop, who handed Alex his very first professional loss via head kick at Pride Final Conflict in Aug. 2004. Cro Cop at least will be a worthy opponent for Alex.
BONUS: Here are a couple of my interviews with Alex on his website from a few years ago where he talked about wanting to fight for the UFC and Strikeforce: Aleksander Emelianenko would like to fight in the UFC and Merry Christmas from ProMMA.info.