Alex Emelianenko returns to action on April 23 in Moscow

MOSCOW, Russia – Alex Emelianenko, the three-time World and European Combat Sambo Champion and one of the most respected heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the world, will return to the ring on April 23 to fight Sweden’s Eddy Bengston in Moscow. The fight will take place at the Sports Center CSKA and will be … Read more

Alexander Emelyanenko faces Hizir Pliev in pro boxing debut – video

On Oct. 3, 2009, Alexander Emelyanenko made his boxing debut in Moscow against master of sports in boxing and Russian kickboxing champion Hizir Pliev. In the end, the judges ruled that each fighter won two rounds each and the fight was declared a draw. Alexander commented after the fight, “Halfway through this fight I realized that I’m not at home in my bed and I have to move around much more and box. I don’t think I let a lot punches land on me and I had complete control of everything that was going on.”

Alexander felt he did not really become comfortable until after the second round and if the fight would have continued he would have knocked out his opponent. “I was boxing much better after the second round,” He said. “In the third I saw my opponent getting back a little. He had somewhat of a chance in the first two rounds but then began his retreat. If there was more time, my opponent would have been knocked out in the fifth or sixth round.”

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Alexander Emelyanenko’s professional boxing debut ends in draw – photo gallery

Alexander Emelyanenko walks to the ring for his professional boxing debut.

On Oct. 3, 2009, three time combat sambo world champion and combat sambo European champion Alexander Emelyanenko had his debut as a professional boxer in Moscow. Alexander faced master of sports in boxing and Russian kickboxing champion Hizir Pliev. The fight went four rounds and ended in a draw.

Attendees at the event said the fight was a great battle with both fighters showing high skills and the will to win. Unfortunately, four rounds were not enough to bring out a winner. Pliev was dominating in the first two rounds but in third and fourth rounds Alexander Emelyanenko was showing all the best of him.

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Aleksander Emelianenko highlight video (includes must-see sparring session with Fedor)

This is one of the coolest highlight / training videos you will ever see featuring Aleksander Emelianenko. In addition to the Aleksander theme music, you will see Aleks going through various training methods and an intense must-see sparring session with his brother Fedor where they try to take each other’s head off. Be sure to … Read more

Aleksander Emelianenko would like to fight in the UFC – PRO MMA exclusive interview

Photo by: Vladimir Shirokov

Surrounded by an aura of danger and mystery, Aleksander Emelianenko is one of the scariest men on the planet. The younger brother of consensus number one heavyweight in the world Fedor Emelianenko, Aleks has forged his own path to stardom.

Although still unknown to many of today’s Ultimate Fighter raised MMA fans in the U.S., Aleks has made it clear that will one day change. At only 27 years of age, the Saint-Petersburg born heavyweight plans on fighting for many years to come.

PRO MMA ( recently put our investigative journalists to work with the end result being a rare opportunity of speaking to the PRIDE and M-1 Challenge veteran as he prepares for his upcoming fight against Sambo champion Blagoi Ivanov. Ivanov, yet to have his first MMA match, defeated Alex’s brother Fedor in Sambo competition late last year.

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