Fedor’s Little Brother Took a Pummeling But Still Managed to Maintain His Unbeaten Streak…
It’s been a long road towards redemption for Aleksander Emelianenko. The younger brother of former PRIDE and current Bellator heavyweight contender Fedor has been slowly accumulating an impressive unbeaten streak in his native Russia.
Emelianenko’s dark history has been well-documented. He’s served jail time for sexual assault and has been cut from competing in numerous promotions because of allegations that he has hepatitis. It’s all made him very difficult to market – as you might expect. Basically, nobody in Europe or the USA wants to be tainted by him.
The Grim Reaper fought Tony Johnson in the main event of World Fighting Championship Akhmat’s 50th show. Emelianenko has built up a cult following since his return and was looking to get his sixth win in a row. Let’s just say he was very lucky to emerge with a majority draw.
Emelianenko is undoubtedly a very effective and violent fighter. While he has cruised through the majority of his opposition since returning, he also defeated former UFC heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga in very dubious circumstances, with many viewers tweeting that the fight had been a fix. Some of these promotions out east can be a little bit like that though.
This time, however, there was absolutely no doubt that Emelianenko found himself in a fight. Johnson was a very game opponent and could arguably have walked away with a win. Aleksander looked like he was going to get another 1st round TKO finish, but Johnson survived.
Then the American came back and opened up Emelianenko’s face with elbows. The two men basically took turns to batter each other throughout the fight. The doctor was called in to examine the Russian fighter’s cuts at one point, but he was allowed to continue.
In the end, the fight was judged to be a majority draw. Some would argue that Johnson had done enough to get the win, however, it is a reasonable enough result. On the feet, Emelianenko was dominant. However, for the other half of the fight, he was on his back getting bludgeoned in the face with brutal elbows.
You can see from the image above that Emelianenko’s face was fairly messed up by Johnson’s persistent ground and pound. He was lucky to hang on and maintain his recent unbeaten streak. Would a Russian MMA promotion really be protecting their most famous fighter? I’ll let you answer that one.
It’s also served as a statement to those fans who seem not to care that Emelianenko is a convicted rapist, and want him to fight in Bellator. Firstly: Scott Coker is never going to tarnish his rapidly-expanding brand by bringing in such damaged goods.
The second point is that Emelianenko clearly has found his ceiling in Russia and its way below that of his illustrious brother Fedor.