Canada Welcomes MMA & Sambo Sensation, Fedor Emelianenko

The Canadian National Mixed Martial Arts Federation (CNMMAF) and Sambo Canada are proud to announce the “First Coming” of “The Last Emperor”! On August 1st trough the 3rd, The man widely considered the best heavyweight fighter of all time, Fedor Emelianenko, will host a Meet & Greet accompanied by a MMA and Combat Sambo Seminar in Ontario, Canada.

On August 1st, Fans will have the opportunity to personally meet “The Last Emperor” at Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga at an official “Fedor Emelianenko Meet & Greet” hosted by CNMMAF National Executive Member, Owner of Battle Arts Academy and Filmmaker, Steven J. Wong, leading up to a day of training with the greatest MMA fighter of all time at Xtreme Couture in Etobicoke, Ontario on August 2nd from 9am until 4pm. A BJJ or Judo Gi is required for this seminar and all athletes must sign a release as this event will have extensive media coverage by TSN. With Sambo making huge headway in Canada there’s never been a better time to have Emelianenko help showcase the sport in our country! Fedor is a legend and role model to both Sambo and MMA practitioners worldwide.

Emelianenko began his mixed martial arts as a member of Russian Top Team (RTT), training with the first generation of Russian RINGS competitors, such as Volk Han and Andrey Kopylov. After his bout with Gary Goodridge on August 10th, 2003, the Emelianenko brothers left Russian Top Team and began to train in St. Petersburg with Red Devil Sport Club, managed by Vadim Finkelstein, who remains his manager to date. Emelianenko is a member of the VOS gym in the Netherlands, where he trains with Johan Vos and Lucien Carbin and has trained with the likes of Ernesto Hoost, Tyrone Spong, and Denis Lebedev.

Emelianenko began his MMA career on May 21st, 2000, with four straight victories, including a win over ADCC champion, Ricardo Arona. Then came a controversial loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka due to a cut within 17 seconds of the first round on December 22nd, 2000. His next 28 fights through to June 26th, 2010 seen Emelianenko unbeaten, including wins over four former UFC champions, PRIDE FC champion, one former and two future K-1 champions and two former Olympic medalists. During this period he defeated eleven top-10 ranked fighters, two of them twice, in addition to revenging the only loss of his career, at that time, in a rematch against Kohsaka.

Fedor has earned numerous MMA accolades, including; 2008 Submission/Beatdown of the Year awards, 2009 Knockout of the Year awards, Heavyweight of the Year awards, Fighter of the Year awards and 2000’s Fight of the Decade awards. Sports Illustrated, among other publications, named him the top MMA fighter of the decade. ESPN, Bleacher Report, Sherdog, SB Nation (MMAFighting) and Fight Matrix, list him as the greatest MMA heavyweight fighter of all time. Emelianenko is also the longest reigning top pound for pound ranked fighter in the history of the sport.

Between June 26th, 2010 and June 21st, 2012, Emelianenko suffered three consecutive losses, to top-10 ranked Heavyweight fighters, Fabricio Werdum and Antonio Silva and, then reigning Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion, Dan Henderson, followed by three consecutive wins against former ADCC champion, Jeff Monson, former Olympic medalist, Satoshi Ishii and former UFC Heavyweight contender, Pedro Rizzo.

Emelianenko retired from fighting after he defeated Rizzo, and became acting president of the Russian MMA Union. He is currently also a staff member of Russia’s Presidential Council on Physical Fitness & Sports (2012-present), and a deputy at Belgorod Regional Duma (2010-present).

Team Canada Sambo and Team Canada MMA are both preparing for upcoming International Competition, and the opportunity to get educated by one the World’s Best Sambo practitioners, is by far a dream come true! Unfortunately space for both the Meet & Greet and the MMA/Combat Sambo Seminar will be very limited and we are doing our best to accommodate as many athletes as physically possible. There will be no tickets available at the door, and once this event is sold out no more will be issued.

Reserve your spot and for more information visit cnmmaf.org.

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