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The Career of Fedor Emelianenko (w/ Videos of All 41 Fights)
Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko (born September 28, 1976) is a retired Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist. He has won numerous tournaments and accolades in multiple sports, most notably the Pride 2004 Grand Prix and the World Combat Sambo championship on four occasions, as well as medaling in the Russian national Judochampionship.
Emelianenko has received widespread acclaim from several major publications, including Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and Sherdog.com. Many analysts, as well as former and current fighters, consider Emelianenko to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. He remained undefeated for nearly a decade, during which time he was widely considered the best heavyweight fighter in mixed martial arts.
Emelianenko was born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. In 1978, when he was two, his family moved within the Soviet Union to Stary Oskol, Belgorod of the Russian SFSR. His mother, Olga Fedorovna, was a teacher and his father, Vladimir Alexandrovich Emelianenko, was a welder. Emelianenko is the second child in the family and has an older sister and two younger brothers, including professional mixed martial artistAlexander Emelianenko. Fedor trains with his youngest brother Ivan, who has competed in Combat Sambo..
Emelianenko finished high school in 1991 and graduated with honors from a professional trade school in 1994. From 1995 until 1997, he served in the Russian Army as a military firefighter. In 1999, he married his wife Oksana, and their daughter Masha was born in the same year. They divorced in 2006. On December 29, 2007, his second daughter, Vasilisa, was born to his long time girlfriend Marina. Emelianenko and Marina married in October 2009. In his spare time, he likes to read, listen to music, and draw.He is a practicing Orthodox Christian and a parishioner at the church of St. Nicholas in Stary Oskol. His confessor is archpriest Andrei Zinoviev. His entrance theme song, oy, to ne vecher, was performed at his request by archdeacon Andrey Zheleznyakov, solist at the Episcopal Choir of the Nizhny Novgorod Diocese.
Emelianenko had the honour of being one of 80 Russian sporting champions, cultural icons and national heroes to carry the Olympic torch in St. Petersburg in 2008
Emelianenko made his MMA debut for the Japanese RINGS organization. RINGS had a different set of rules that did not allow head strikes on the ground (which later on would be recognized as one of Emelianenko’s biggest strengths).
#1 Martin Lazarov
#2 Levon Lagvilava
#3 Hiroya Takada
#4 Ricardo Arona
#5 Tsuyoshi Kosaka
Here Emelianenko suffered his first loss in the sport, a very controversial one that came at the hands of Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at the King of Kings 2000 Block B event on December 22, 2000, via doctor stoppage due to a cut 17 seconds into the fight. Footage shows that the cut was caused by a missed looping punch where Kohsaka’s elbow struck Emelianenko’s head. Elbow strikes were illegal under RINGS rules unless the striker was wearing elbow pads, which Kohsaka was not. Emelianenko says that this elbow reopened a cut sustained in his previous fight against Ricardo Arona. Since the fight was in a tournament format, a winner and loser were required as draws or no-contests could not be awarded. Since Emelianenko could not advance due to his injury, Kohsaka moved on (the match would have been a no contest or disqualification victory for Emelianenko otherwise).
#6 Mihail Apostolov
#7 Kerry Schall
#8 Renato Sobral
After defeating veteran Renato Sobral in an elimination bout, Emelianenko went on fight for the World Heavyweight Class Championship against Bobby Hoffman the same night. However, Hoffman refused to fight Emelianenko, claiming he sustained a injury to his shoulder during his previous match, and forfeited the final. A win was awarded to Emelianenko by default, and he was given the RINGS Heavyweight Class Championship
#9 Ryushi Yanagisawa
#10 Lee Hasdell
On February 15, 2002, Emelianenko defeated Chris Haseman and won the RINGS Absolute Class Tournament, the last tournament ever held by RINGS.
#11 Chris Haseman
#12 Semmy Schilt
Entering the Pride Fighting Championships on the heels of winning the RINGS King of Kings 2002 tournament, Emelianenko debuted at Pride 21 on June 23, 2002 against the 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 256 lb (116 kg) Dutch fighter Semmy Schilt, whom he defeated by unanimous decision.
#13 Heath Herring
His next opponent was heavyweight Heath Herring, in a contest to establish the number-one contender for the heavyweight title.Emelianenko, considered an underdog at the time, dominated Herring with ground and pound, winning by doctor stoppage after the first round. This victory against a perennial contender brought him into title contention.
#14 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira 1
Emelianenko was then signed to fight heavily favored Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira for Pride’s Heavyweight Championship title at Pride 25 on March 16, 2003. Nogueira was coming off wins against Mark Coleman, Heath Herring and a shocking comeback victory against Bob Sapp, as well as his victory in the RINGS 2000 King of Kings Tournament, in which Emelianenko had participated. Nogueira was considered by many fans to be virtually unbeatable, due to his endurance and submission skills. Emelianenko rocked him early with punches, and Nogueira pulled guard. Emelianenko then survived Nogueira’s guard, considered the most dangerous in MMA, and easily defended all of Nogueira’s submission attempts, dominating him for 20 minutes with a brutal ground and pound. The judges rendered a unanimous decision, and Emelianenko became the second Pride Heavyweight Champion, a title he would never lose.
#15 Egidijus Valavicius (RINGS Fight)
#16 Kazuyuki Fujita
Three months later Emelianenko embarked on his title reign. His first match was against the former IWGP Heavyweight champion, amateur and professional wrestler Kazuyuki Fujita. A heavy favorite, Emelianenko was expected to make quick work of Fujita, but was caught by a right hook that stunned him. Badly hurt, he worked his way to a clinch, but was taken down. With Fujita unable to amount a significant offense Emelianenko was able to recover. Emelianenko reminisced about it in February 2009, “Fujita is the only one who ever hit me right, and he hit hard!”.
#17 Gary Goodridge
Next came a one-sided bout against heavy underdog Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge at Total Elimination 2003. Emelianenko took down Goodridge after wobbling him with standing combinations, then finished him with a ground and poundtechnique in the first round by referee stoppage after delivering unanswered punches and kicks to the head. Emelianenko broke his hand in this fight, resulting in surgery. He has since reinjured this hand, leading to the postponement of several bouts. In 2011, Goodridge recalled his fight with Emelianenko; “Fedor hits so hard, I don’t remember anything (from the fight). No one has his speed and power combo. He fought for 10 years at the top. He doesn’t owe anything else to the sport.”
#18 Yuji Nagata (Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye Fight)
His next fight against New Japan professional wrestler Yuji Nagata at Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 ended the same way, with Emelianenko first knocking Nagata to the ground twice with punches. Emelianenko fought at this event as opposed toShockwave 2003 on the same day due to being offered a higher fight purse because of the great deal of competition between the Japanese television networks screening these events and K-1 Premium Dynamite!! on the same night. That move upset the managers of PRIDE, who set up an interim title match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Mirko Crocop Filipović, which ended with Nogueira pulling yet another comeback victory, scoring a second round armbar.
#19 Mark Coleman 1
Four months later, he returned to PRIDE, at Total Elimination 2004, where he met Pride 2000 Grand Prix winner and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Mark Coleman for the first time in the ring. After getting taken down, he pulled guard and submitted Coleman with an armbar at 2:11 of the first round to advance in the 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix. That fight showed more of Emelianenko’s versatility, as he not only had a good top game with his trademark ground and pound, but a dangerous bottom game from his guard, being able to submit legitimate opponents from his back.
#20 Kevin Randleman
A notable match with Coleman’s protégé Kevin “The Monster” Randleman followed just two months later at the tournament’s second round. Randleman, a two-time Division I NCAA Wrestling Champion for Ohio State University and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, was coming off an upset win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović, which he ended by knockout. Randleman quickly scored a takedown. As Emelianenko gave his back, Randleman delivered a German suplex, slamming him to the canvas headfirst, a move that would become one of the most replayed highlights in PRIDE’s and MMA’s history for years to come. Emelianenko, seemingly unfazed, rolled over Randleman a few seconds later, getting top position and forcing him to submit with a kimura armlock 1:33 into the first round.
#21 Naoya Ogawa
On August 15, 2004, Emelianenko faced six-time All-Japan Judo Champion and Olympic Silver Medalist Naoya Ogawa in the semifinals of the 2004 Grand Prix.
#22 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira #2
After making quick work of Ogawa, winning by armbar, he advanced to face Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira for the second time in his career. Nogueira had won a decision against Emelianenko’s former teammate Sergei Kharitonov earlier that night. This match was not only to decide the winner of the 2004 Grand Prix, but to unify the heavyweight championship as Nogueira was awarded the interim title due to Emelianenko’s inability to defend his championship in a timely manner in the previous year. The rematch with Nogueira was very competitive, but the fight was stopped prematurely due to a cut to Emelianenko’s head from an accidental clash of heads while on the ground.
#23 Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira #3
A third meeting was thus scheduled for Shockwave 2004. On the line was PRIDE’s Heavyweight Championship, and PRIDE’s 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix title, as the final match of the tournament earlier that year was declared a no contest due to an accidental headbutt. Emelianenko this time chose not to engage Nogueira on the ground, in spite of having dominated him on the ground in their first match. He overpowered the Brazilian on the feet in the first round, beating him to the punch for the first nine minutes. Nogueira faced great difficulty, getting dropped with punches and tossed to the mat multiple times by Judo throws. He was not able to implement his game plan of putting Emelianenko on his back, save for the final 30 seconds of the first round. He was not able to pull guard for any considerable amount of time. During the second and third rounds, Emelianenko’s takedown defense and counter-punching earned him a unanimous decision victory to retain the heavyweight championship
#24 Tsuyoshi Kohsaka
Emelianenko signed to fight PRIDE’s top heavyweight contender, and former K-1 star Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipović. This was a highly anticipated match. After Mirko had made a successful switch from K-1 to MMA, he quickly rose in the rankings with victories over Igor Vovchachyn, Kazuyuki Fujita, and a KO win over Emelianenko’s younger brother, Alexander Emelianenko. He had made a public challenge to Emelianenko and the bout was supposed to take place in late 2003. After suffering defeat from Rodrigo Nogueira and a surprising loss to Kevin Randleman, Mirko began his recovery by defeating Ron Waterman, winning his rematch with Randleman by submission, and scoring a dominant TKO victory over Mark Coleman in the first round. Those wins put Mirko Filipović again in the spot of number-one heavyweight contender.
#25 Mirko Crocop Filipovic
The match between Emelianenko and Mirko Filipović finally took place at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005. In the first round, Emelianenko was stunned and had his nose broken by two stiff jabs from Filipović. He got hit by body kicks that discolored his midsection. Emelianenko was then able to get the fight to the ground and land several body shots, which took a lot of gas out of Filipović. As the fight progressed, Emelianenko became more and more dominant, winning most of the stand up exchanges and scoring several takedowns. After 20 minutes, Emelianenko was awarded a unanimous decision victory.
Following his successful title defense against Mirko Filipović at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, Emelianenko came back on New Year’s eve, where he outclassed the 450-pound Brazilian Zuluzinho in a non-title bout. Emelianenko dropped Zulu with a right hook and finished with several ground strikes which forced him to tap out after only 26 seconds.
#27 Mark Coleman 2
Although originally endangered due to Emelianenko’s recurring hand injury, a plate inserted in his hand green-lighted a rematch with American Mark Coleman in Pride’s American debut show, Pride 32. In a fight where Coleman was unable to mount any significant offense, Emelianenko blasted Coleman in the first round with punches, before securing an armbar at 1:15 in the second round.
#28 Mark Hunt
Emelianenko’s last defense of his Pride Heavyweight title was against 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix champion Mark Hunt at Shockwave 2006. Josh Barnett was originally slated to fight Emelianenko for the Heavyweight title, but turned down the fight, claiming not to be in peak physical condition. With Filipović’s departure to the UFC organization in late 2006, Mark Hunt became the number-one contender for the belt. Sporting a broken toe during the contest, Emelianenko nevertheless secured an armbar in the second minute of the first round, but Hunt was able to escape and counter by stepping over Emelianenko, ending in side control. At five minutes into the first round, Hunt made two attempts at an americana on Emelianenko’s left arm but failed to complete them. Emelianenko got back to his feet, and after struggling to take the fight to the ground, he submitted Hunt with a kimura at 8:16 in the first round.
With a special clause in his Pride contract that allowed him to fight under the banner of any mixed martial arts organization as long as the event was held on Russian soil, Emelianenko accepted a match in BodogFight against Matt Lindland. The fight was held on April 14, 2007 at the “Clash of the Nations” event in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lindland moved up two weight classes (from middleweight to heavyweight) for the match and came in weighing 212.5 lb (96.5 kg) to Emelianenko’s 230 lb (104.5 kg).
#29 Matt Lindland
After the purchase of Pride Fighting Championships by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta III and the expiration of Emelianenko’s contract with Pride, there was speculation about the possibility of him fighting in the UFC, especially since a public falling out between Bodog’s Calvin Ayre and Emelianenko’s manager, Vadim Finkelstein. In a June 2007 interview with the Baltimore Sun, Chuck Liddell suggested that Emelianenko was on his way to the UFC. Dana White has expressed interest in signing Emelianenko, but considers his management team to be the primary barrier left to the signing of a contract, whereas Finkelstein has cited difficult negotiations as the reason. A main point of contention between the two is Finkelstein’s request for the UFC to work with his Russian M-1 promotion, extending contractual offers to other members of the Red Devil Sport Club, and permitting Emelianenko to compete in combat sambo tournaments. At UFC 76 however, UFC president Dana White stated that he expected Emelianenko to sign with the UFC in late 2007 or early 2008, after Emelianenko was to compete in a Sambo competition that White would not allow him to participate in if he were under a UFC contract. He revealed his intent to set up a unification bout with UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture as his first UFC fight. Nevertheless, these negotiations broke down, as Emelianenko committed to a non-exclusive, two-year and six-fight deal with M-1 Global in October 2007.
Monte Cox, the president and CEO of M-1 Global, confirmed Emelianenko would face South Korean kickboxer Hong-Man Choi in a New Year’s Eve event, Yarennoka!, taking place in Japan and organized by former Pride staff with support from M-1 Global, FEG, and DEEP. A special rule was used for this fight to not allow any knee strikes on the ground. The fight was broadcast live in the United States on the HDNet cable network.
#30 Hong Man Choi
Emelianenko defeated Choi in the opening round by submission via an armbar.
On July 19, 2008, at Affliction: Banned, Emelianenko faced former two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia. Sylvia was coming off a submission loss via guillotine choke at the hands of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81 in a title fight for the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Sylvia was ranked as the #4 heavyweight fighter in MMA by Sherdog.com prior to his fight with Emelianenko.
#31 Tim Sylvia
Emelianenko defeated Sylvia in 36 seconds. He dropped Sylvia with a lightning quick punch combination, took his back and then finished the fight via submission due to a rear naked choke. Sylvia said in the post-fight press conference, “I know that I’m one of the best in the world, I was amazed at how good Fedor is. He hurt me right away and submitted me. The guy’s a stud. I don’t even think he’s human. That guy hits hard. I’ve never been hit that hard before.”
UFC President Dana White, who had been relentless in his criticism of Emelianenko, admitted to being impressed with Emelianenko’s performance against the ex-UFC champion Sylvia. When asked if the submission win changed his opinion on Fedor, White said; “It does. Tim Sylvia was a real opponent.”
After the fight, UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture entered the ring and Emelianenko expressed his desire to fight Couture next. However, Couture’s contract with the UFC prevented the fight from occurring outside of the organization.
#32 Andre Arlovski
On January 24, 2009, at Affliction: Day of Reckoning, Emelianenko fought former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, who, like Sylvia, was widely considered to be a top-5 heavyweight at the time of the fight. Arlovski was on a five fight win streak and was ranked as high as the #2 heavyweight fighter in MMA by Sherdog.com. Arlovski had some early success in the fight, landing punches and leg kicks. However, as Emelianenko was backed into the ropes, Arlovski attempted a flying knee and Emelianenko was able to counter with an overhand right which resulted in a brutal knockout of Arlovski at 3:14 of the first round. The knockout victory was awarded knockout of the year for 2009 by Sherdog.
#Ex Shinya Aoki
Emelianenko met Shinya Aoki during a five-minute “special exhibition” at an April 29 M-1 Challenge (presented by Affliction) event in Tokyo. Emelianenko made Aoki tap out from a Achilles lock just before the bell sounded to end the exhibition.
Emelianenko was scheduled to fight former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett on August 1, 2009, at Affliction: Trilogy, but on July 22 Barnett was denied his license to compete by the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for anabolic steroids. On July 23, 2009, Vitor Belfort – who was already on the card – was reported as a likely replacement, but the next day Affliction canceled the event citing limited time to find a suitable replacement and inadequate time to promote the fight.
#Ex Gegard Mousasi
In another special exhibition match, Emelianenko met Gegard Mousasi, a friend and teammate, during M-1 Global: Breakthrough, held in Kansas City on August 28. The two friends fought a competitive and friendly spirited exhibition with several Judo throws from both Emelianenko and Mousasi. Emelianenko finished the fight via armbar.
Negotiations with the UFC
After the collapse of Affliction, UFC President Dana White ferociously tried to sign Emelianenko to an exclusive contract with the UFC several times. White said of Emelianenko; “He has become my obsession. I want it (him in the UFC) worse than the fans want it.” Widely considered to be the best heavyweight MMA fighter at the time, Emelianenko would receive an immediate title shot against then current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, a fight which White deemed would be “huge”. After reportedly offering Emelianenko a large contract worth just under 2 million US dollars per fight, with incentive to make much more based on pay per view buys for fights he headlines, negotiations fell apart after Emelianenko’s management team demanded a co-promotion between the UFC and M-1 Global, terms which White deemed unacceptable.However, other media outlets placed much of the blame on the UFC: “Trying to get out in front of the public relations skirmish that would follow the UFC’s failure to sign Emeliananeko, a UFC insider leaked bogus contract terms to Carmichael Dave, a California-based radio host. The tactic was effective. Fans and the online media turned against the Russian and his team. The tactic also may have backfired. Emelianenko was reportedly softening and considering signing with the UFC. The leak, which M-1 Global criticized as inaccurate and inappropriate, shut down negotiations for good.”
Following the failed negotiations with the UFC, Emelianenko signed a three-fight contract with Strikeforce. Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker confirmed that Emelianenko’s debut would take place on November 7, broadcast nationally on CBS.
#33 Brett Rogers
Emelianenko’s first fight in Strikeforce was against the then-undefeated Brett Rogers in the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers on November 7, 2009. Rogers was coming off a knockout win over Andrei Arlovski and was ranked as the #6 heavyweight fighter in MMA by Sherdog.com at the time of the fight. In the fight, Emelianenko landed early in the first round, but he failed to secure a submission after two attempts. In the second round he knocked Rogers down with an overhand right, then punched him three more times on the mat to secure the victory via TKO at 1:48. This bout would mark the first time Emelianenko competed in a cage. With the win, Emelianenko defeated his third straight top-10 heavyweight opponent.
#34 Fabricio Werdum
Emelianenko suffered his first loss in 10 years on June 26, 2010 against Fabricio Werdum. After knocking Werdum down only seconds into the first round, Emelianenko closed in, but Werdum secured a deep triangle and an armbar from his guard, and Fedor was forced to tap. The loss was considered a large upset; in the process, Werdum became the first MMA fighter to attain a non-controversial victory over Emelianenko.
#35 Antonio Bigfoot Silva
In January 2011, it was announced that Fedor had agreed to enter the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, and would face Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva on February 12 in the first quarterfinal match. After a close first round, Silva took control in round 2. After passing to mount, he unleashed a barrage of ground-and-pound that ultimately caused Emelianenko’s right eye to swell shut. Ringside doctors called a stop to the fight, stating that Emelianenko could not see and they would not allow him to continue.
#36 Dan Henderson
Emelianenko faced Dan Henderson on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. After both fighters landed significant punches in the first round, Fedor knocked Henderson down with a combination of strikes. Fedor followed Henderson to the mat and began to ground-and-pound him but Henderson was able to sweep and reverse position before delivering a punch underneath Fedor’s armpit which landed on his chin, knocking Fedor face first into the mat. Henderson continued to punch Fedor until referee Herb Dean jumped in to stop the fight. Dean explained the stoppage saying, “The fight is over when he’s unconscious. Because he comes back swiftly after I’ve already stepped in and stopped the fight, I can’t restart the fight. Dan’s still throwing punches, but once I’ve touched Dan, I’ve stopped the fight. If I was to do it again – if I see a fighter face down receiving shots, I’m going to step in and stop the fight. I can’t predict how long he’s going to be unconscious for.”
Following his third loss in a row, Emelianenko was reportedly released from Strikeforce. UFC president Dana White stated he was being released, “Yeah, he’s being cut.” However, Emelianenko disputed White’s claims, saying, “That’s Dana White’s style to make comments. I didn’t have a contract with Strikeforce. My current contract is with Showtime. So I think people shouldn’t pay attention to these “loud” comments.” According to M-1 Global Director of Operations Evgeni Kogan, Fedor was only under contract to Showtime and from there he fought under the Strikeforce banner, but was never under direct employ of Zuffa, and therefore was not “cut” by the organization. “Strikeforce is not the only MMA promotion on Showtime so there are a number of options for Fedor which will be looked at,” Kogan told MMA Weekly.
Return to Russia, Japan, and Retirement
#37 Jeff Monson
Following his stint in Strikeforce, Emelianenko fought Jeff Monson at M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Monson on November 20, 2011 at the Olympic Arena in Moscow, Russia. He won the fight via unanimous decision and snapped a three-fight losing streak.
#38 Satoshi Ishii
After four years, Emelianenko made his return to Japan–where he spent most of his career–at Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoko 2011 on December 31, where he faced Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii. Emelianenko won by knockout in the first round.
#39 Pedro Rizzo
On June 21, 2012 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Emelianenko faced three-time UFC heavyweight title contender Pedro Rizzo in an event promoted by M-1 Global. Prior to the bout, it was rumored that Fedor would retire after taking on Rizzo. Originally denying any possible rumors of retirement at first, Emelianenko later announced his retirement in-ring post-fight after defeating Rizzo by knockout in the first two minutes of the first round.
Although Emelianenko is retired as a competitor, he will continue his career in MMA as the president of the Russian MMA Union.
Championships and accomplishments
- PRIDE Fighting Championships
- Fighting Network RINGS
- World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts
- WAMMA Heavyweight Championship (One time; First; Last)
- Sports Illustrated
- 2000s Fighter of the Decade
- 2005 Fight of the Year vs. Mirko Filipović on August 28, 2005
- 2005 Heavyweight of the Year
- 2004 Heavyweight of the Year
- 2003 Heavyweight of the Year
- FIGHT! Magazine
- 2000s Fighter of the Decade
- Bleacher Report
- 2000s Fighter of the Decade
- 2000s Heavyweight of the Decade
- 2000s Fighter of the Decade
- Black Belt Magazine
- 2004 NHB Fighter of the Year
- Fight Matrix
- Fédération Internationale Amateur de Sambo
- 2008 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships Bronze Medalist
- 2008 Russian Federation President’s Cup Combat Sambo Gold Medalist
- 2007 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
- 2005 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
- 2002 FIAS World Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
- 1997 European Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
- All-Russia Sambo Federation
- Russian Combat Sambo National Championship (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012)
- Russian Combat Sambo National Championship 3rd Place (1998, 2000)
- 1998 Russian Armed Forces Combat Sambo Championships Absolute Silver Medalist
- 1998 Russian Armed Forces Combat Sambo Championships Gold Medalist
- International Judo Federation
- 1999 Sofia Liberation A-Team Senior Bronze Medalist
- 1999 Moscow International Tournament Senior Bronze Medalist
- Russian Judo Federation
- Russian National Championship Senior Absolute 3rd Place (1999)
- Russian National Championship Senior 3rd Place (1998)
- Peace and Sport
- 2011 Champions for Peace Inductee
- All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion
- 2009 Russian Male Athlete of the Year
- National Sports Award “Glory”
- 2008 “Glory” Award for Fair Play
- Russian Union of Martial Arts
- 2006 “Golden Belt” Award for Most Outstanding Victory of the Year
- Imperial Society of Russia
- First Class Golden Order of the Romanov Family of St. Nicholas II (2010)
- Russian Federation National State Decorations Committee
- First Class Order of Peter the Great (2007)
- Second Class Order For Merit to the Fatherland (2007)
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