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Video: Aleksander Emelianenko’s Three-Year Can-Crushing Streak Comes to a Bitter End

(Props: 187872 via MMAScraps. Fight starts at the one-minute mark.)

Aleksander Emelianenko was back in action Saturday night in Khabarovsk, Russia, where he faced Australian K-1/Sengoku vet Peter Graham in the main event of Draka: Governor’s Cup 2010. Despite Graham’s decorated kickboxing background, he came into the fight with an underwhelming MMA record of 3-5, with notable losses to Kazuyuki Fujita, Rolles Gracie, and Jim York (all by first-round choke).

But this was no ordinary MMA match — special rules were in place so that fighters would be stood up after just 30 seconds. Not that it would matter to Aleks, who hasn’t needed much more than his fists lately. In fact, The Other Emelianenko had finished all of his previous eight opponents in the first round. True, most of those opponents were no-name punching bags who looked like they didn’t belong in the ring with him, and his April win against Eddy Bengtsson was one of the dive-iest dives in diving history. Would Graham be another conquest on Alek’s can-crushing streak? As the headline of this post should have already informed you, no, not at all.

Graham lands his first nasty leg kick at the 2:17 mark; pay attention, that’ll become important later. Aleks starts to pour it on, with a series of hockey-punch-style uppercuts before scoring a takedown. He works for an armlock but gives it up, and those special rules are utilized for the first time. The Aussie lands another leg kick at 4:10, and you can tell that Aleks isn’t happy about it. Graham slips while throwing another leg kick and Emelianenko jumps on to end the fight with a leg lock. But again, those special goddamned rules. At 5:36, Graham straight-up drops Aleks with a leg kick, but the Russian is saved by the bell. Two of his cornermen need to carry him to his stool.

And yet the fight goes on, with Aleks in obvious agony. Graham knows what to do here. They box until Graham lands a leg kick that crumples Aleks. The ref orders him up, and he can barely comply. One more shot to the leg, and Emelianenko is on his ass again. Graham spends 30 seconds punching him on the ground. The process repeats all over again: A creaky standup, a leg kick knockdown, and some GnP from Graham. Finally, Aleks says "no mas."

As his brother Fedor once said, "the one who doesn’t fall doesn’t stand up." And so, Aleksander is scheduled to return in February against 1-1 German heavyweight Chris Mahle, who could be the first victim in a brand new can-crushing streak for the Grim Reaper, assuming that his knee isn’t completely effed-up. But even with those totally legit Italian lab documents clearing Aleks of hepatitis, we don’t expect to see him fight a notable opponent any time soon.

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dranokills- December 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm
knucklesamitch Says:
Mon, 12/20/2010 - 18:15


Say what you want about the Emelianeko's, but you leave the sweater out of this!
hahahahah snicker, oh yeah certainly MY bad.......all love to the sweater.
Best comment EVA!
Clyde- December 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm
@disastras: it looks like someone told Aleks that the cure for Hep C is cake.
jizzninja- December 20, 2010 at 12:46 pm
Nicolas cage losing his shit. Youtube it and suck on my balls later!
k-onda- December 20, 2010 at 11:34 am
Ah, well, this happens all the time. You see they told him to "go down" after the two minute mark. Just another case of "lost in translation."
nickyroose- December 20, 2010 at 10:44 am
@Samitch and El Famoso

Beautiful. Also this movie reminds me of Snatch for some reason.
disastras- December 20, 2010 at 10:19 am
Ummm... I recently read a sad article about him having Hep C... Did they invent a cure?
LOKI- December 20, 2010 at 10:15 am
He must have had a Hep-C flare up in his legs. Explains why he is also in pretty bad shape. He cant fight fat like his brother can. CroCop, Barnett, Werdum; Aleks was fat for all of those fights.
Elentius- December 20, 2010 at 9:18 am
Is this a joke? Where are the cameras? He was beating the guys ass. If it was a real MMA fight then he would have subbed him. Everyone acts like this is it for him. I love the pessimism in MMA. Oh and I am not a fan of either ankle brothers.
Gardeninja- December 20, 2010 at 9:12 am
If he's a (can-crusher) his nick name should be "the recycler".
LOKI- December 20, 2010 at 8:15 am
Where's your Combat Sambo now Playboy?!
El Famous Burrito- December 20, 2010 at 7:48 am
I can't believe I have to be the one to do this but...

In Soviet Russia, can crush YOU!
Anhonestmoose- December 20, 2010 at 7:32 am
I'm not sure how many times I have to tell you guys this, but as Cecil Peoples has previously stated "LEG KICKS DO NOT END FIGHTS." Please amend your story to "Alexander Emelianenko crushes another can."
Tardjitsu- December 20, 2010 at 7:24 am
Knuckles gets comment of the week and it's only monday.
knucklesamitch- December 20, 2010 at 7:15 am

Say what you want about the Emelianeko's, but you leave the sweater out of this!
dranokills- December 20, 2010 at 7:02 am
the Emelianenko family are a buncha can fighters. no big shock here. Just like no big shock when Fedor lost, neither one of these 2 clowns will fight in the UFC or even close to it.
sorry fanboys and sweater worshippers the Emelianenko's suck.