WATCH: Alexander Emelianenko Wins First MMA Fight Since Getting Out of Prison
The younger brother of one of the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artists of all time, Fedor Emelianenko, has finally made his return to the cage, in devastating fashion. Alexander Emelianenko was sent to prison back in 2015 with an initial sentence of 4 and a half years, after he was found guilty of the sexual assault and rape of his housekeeper, Polina Stepanova, and took her passport.
Emelianenko was paroled in the later part of 2016 under “good behaviour” and ordered not to contact his former housekeeper.
Returning to the cage for the first time since 2014 this week, Emelianenko appeared on the WFCA 42 card in Moscow, Russia against Geronimo Dos Santos. The event was organised by the Akhmat Fight club, which is headed up by Ramzan Kadyrov, a warlord in Chechnya who has ordered the killing and assault of many gay men in the Russian republic.
Kadyrov came to prominence when Real Sports revealed in August that he had been using mixed martial arts as a way of scaring dissidents. He later said he would “condone violence against homosexuals” but denied taking part in the torture, murder and kidnapping of homosexuals across the Chechnyan region.
Kadyrov is also known for allowing three of his sons under the age of twelve to compete in the Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 in Grozny, in which exhibition fights involving children were held without any sort of protective gear. One of the fights is known for having ended in a technical knockout, with Kadyrov posting images of the fights to his social media accounts, causing huge public outcry regarding the event. Alexander Emelianenko’s brother Fedor called the event “inexcusable” but that hasn’t stopped his younger brother from showing up to fight on one of Kadyrov’s cards.
Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin said that the technical knockout was “a reason for the appropriate oversight agencies to inquire about this incident”, with Deputy Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov making it illegal for children under 12 to fight in mixed martial arts until an enquiry was completed.
Emelianenko came out blasting on Wednesday night against his opponent Dos Santos, taking home a 38 second first-round TKO victory, and his first W on his record since 2013.
Check out the footage of the knockout below and let us know what you think of it!