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.