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And Now He’s Retired: Aleksander Emelianenko, Slugger in Exile

A day after it was reported that Aleksander Emelianenko had been fired by M-1 Global due to repeated violations of his contract, the Russian heavyweight has announced his retirement from MMA at the age of 31. Emelianenko released the following statement on his Facebook page (translation via MMA Lives Here):

Dear fans,
I want to thank you for your support, for having supported me in spite of all that they say about me. Unfortunately, I will not be able to perform in the ring because of health problems caused by old injuries. Of course, as an athlete it’s a hard time. I am grateful to my fans and partners for their support, for believing in me, and I am grateful to my detractors. Your attitude always made me move forward and achieve new things. I realise now I was hit by a barrage of accusations and criticisms, not directly related to my job. Unfortunately, there will always be people who want you in bad situations to score points. I don’t want to comment on anything, explain or justify. Each of us in life does good and does bad – that is our nature. I think I did a lot for the sport and I hope my example has drawn a lot of young people to the gym. Otherwise, God will judge us all, in time. Now I want to give the publicity away. I want to take care of my health, my family, which I lost, and my daughter, who I love very much. Perhaps I will see you again. Thank you! Be well and believe in God!
Your AE

Tall, mulleted, and covered in Russian gangster tattoos, Aleksander Emelianenko in his prime was just as intimidating a presence as his older brother Fedor. “The Grim Reaper” kicked off his MMA career in October 2003 with a decision win over Assuerio Silva at PRIDE Bushido 1, and went on to compile a 6-2 record within the PRIDE promotion, where Fedor ruled as heavyweight champion. Though losses to top heavyweights Mirko Cro Cop and Josh Barnett stymied his momentum, Aleks was responsible for some of the most memorable knockouts in PRIDE history. Witness:

(Emelianenko vs. James Thompson, 10/31/04)

(Emelianenko vs. Ricardo Morais, 4/3/05)

Aleksander’s career had already peaked by the time he left PRIDE in 2006. After going 4-1 in his next five fights, taking easy wins over journeymen like Eric Pele and Dan Bobish, Emelianenko was slated to make his much-anticipated U.S. debut at Affliction: Day of Reckoning against Paul Buentello. Unfortunately, Aleks was pulled from the card after the California State Athletic Commission refused to license him — and made it clear that he’d never be licensed in the U.S. Emelianenko’s best shot to become a relevant, world-class heavyweight again sailed out the window, and he spent the remainder of his career denying persistent rumors that the CSAC’s decision to bar his licensure was due to a positive test for Hepatitis B.

With competition in the U.S. no longer an option, Aleksander returned to can-crushing in Europe. Sometimes it went well. Sometimes it didn’t. And sometimes it was just bizarre. Aleksander’s most recent appearance came last month at M-1 Challenge 35, where he fell victim to Jeff Monson’s trusty north-south choke. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Aleks, leaving him with a lifetime record of 21-6.

While most will remember him as Fedor’s less-successful brother — who was occasionally a brilliant striker, and deadly to man and animal alike — Aleksander Emelianenko’s career is also an object-lesson in unfulfilled potential. What if he was able to get licensed in the States? What if he took his training a little more seriously? What if he really did end up in the UFC? His story could have turned out so much differently. Instead, he remains one of PRIDE’s lesser heroes, a fearsome fighter who was unable to find a path to greater glory.


Update, via “[M-1 Global President Vadim] Finkelstein didn’t specify the contract violations, but claims the firing followed Emelianenko’s drunken row in Barnaul in the Altai Region.

The heavyweight fighter quarreled with flight attendants and passengers on a flight to the tournament in the Altai Region.

He then broke the nose of an airport employee and started a brawl in the hotel restaurant where a wedding was taking place.

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mma4ever- December 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Love it when u consantlly burn yourself dipshit english ain't your thing but thats ok.
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm
And then stick my pesh in ur moms posh
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:32 pm
Mma4ever I think u meant to say buzzed out ur tree u dumb retard u say I'm stupid You can't even put a simple analogy together, You're too dumb to realize all I do is play u. Bro im telling you straight from the heart you're not intelligent man. So stop pretending like u no something, u might have fooled these simpletons, but I see right through your Mentally hilarious comments. You're probably just a burden to your mom, and society. She probably dreams about the day u get hit by ur school bus. Hay there's that's retard mma4ever der dar dur slowly moving through the air baaaaaammmmm(bus hits u) And another retard bites the dust.
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm
By the way I didn't say shit I said poop its more elegant
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:13 pm
Wow t9 fucked me I am shitin on u and ur sleeping mother
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:12 pm
Ur buddy pal
dipsetkilla316- December 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm
I meant while and yes I am shit on u and it sleeping mother. I ain't use buddy pal
MattB904- December 20, 2012 at 7:47 am
Aleksander: sweet, back to eating babies and shooting heroine.
mma4ever- December 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm
And u aint shitting on nobody buddy.
mma4ever- December 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm
Are u telling will shes sleeping? I know that aint weed man. No one can smoke themselves that stupid. or is it not your fault justwerntlerntright .
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm
Ill come to ur house, silently at night, and poop on ur moms chest will shes sleeping.
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Canseco u must be buzzed out ur tree man, ur a living abortion. look how pethetic ur life is u come on this site to talk shit, and complain. U, and all these pussys stay on this site all day long, and all u do is bitch, and moan bout ever single topic ive ever seen. Why the fuck do u even bother to comment ur voice means nothing. Please let me have german poop sex with ur mom.
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 6:03 pm
Wow ur a homo gayseco and that mouth that wasnt mine it was thumblers mouth oooooooh 2 with 1 stone. Bro i hope u get aids........ And die in a fire. Bro u know nothing, the only thing u do know is how to come up with gay screenames and how to caress a hobos dick cheese. Listen thumbupcanspicosass hahaha na i just thought that was funny. Listen canseco ur life, every thing that you have done up to this moment has been an epic failure. Its so funny how mad
Canseco_MMA- December 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm
I'm suprised that dipsetkilla took my Dick out of his mouth long enough to post that perfect grammatical shart of a thought. If there is ever a person whose mother should have aborted them, its dipsetkilla. I hate reading his stupid fucking opinion. Hes a tapout wearing retard who really has no idea what he's even typing. Get ready for a horrible retort that makes no sense and mentions all of our mothers. God I hope he dies in a fire. Dipset I love you. Please let me take your mother out for a steak dinner then I will never call her again.
Thumblaster- December 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm
Buzzed out of your tree? That really is lame. But I need to breakout a retard version of rosetta stone to know wtf dipsets saying
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm
Wat wat now wat u gonna say hu hu hu hu hu wat wat i cant hear u pussy just shut ur mouth up u fucking simpleton
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm
Listen mma queer u dont like it dont read it i dont give a fucking shit, plus dose it have anything to do with u no so shut ur fucking disrespectful Mouth up. Wat the fuck is buzzed outa your tree lol sweet Great analogy retard. Ur fucking brain dead moran just stop trying i always make u and ur gay butt buddys look bad i mean if i keeped getting shited on like u do i would be embarrassed. Lol i make u and ur gay friends look stupid y open ur mouth im just gonna shit down ur throat every time
mma4ever- December 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm
Whats a ppl..a like roy? Danas aside...fedors prime...fuck ..Dam....shit ..piss off
SethF- December 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm
Alecks was living proof that the saddest thing in life is wasted talent.

Yes, I really do take all of my advice and insights from old gangster movies, you fucking cockaroaches.
algiersheadkick504- December 19, 2012 at 2:02 pm
Its a shame he really did have all the potiential in the world he had lightening fast hands and knockout power but refused to train or attempt submission defense....its crazy wat drugs, prison, and hep b will do too a man
mma4ever- December 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm
U gotta be buzzed outa your tree dipset u need to proof read
dipsetkilla316- December 19, 2012 at 11:46 am
Damn that sucks both brothers done i mean alexander ok, but its a fucking crime that one of greatest didnt even have one fight in the ufc. I love jones but in fedors prime i think fedor could beat jones. For some reason i dont think we have seen the last of fedor i just have a feeling that he is gonna have 1 fight in the ufc. Like all bad feeling on danas aside and all bad feelings aside, how crazy would a ppv with fedor vs like roy or overeem or cain or dainel cormier be. Fucking theyll have 30,40 maybe even 50 thousand ppl at that ppv.