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Aleksander Emelianenko was born August 2, 1981 in Russia to a welder and teacher. Aleksander was the third child born into his family; which includes an older sister Marina, as well as an older brother Fedor and a younger brother, Ivan. His older brother Fedor is also a MMA fighter as well. Aleksander began training in martial arts when he was quite young. Fedor, who often had to babysit his younger brother, didn't want to miss Sambo practice and so often took his younger brother with him. After observing the other kids for awhile, Aleksander soon began to mimic their actions and eventually began formal Sambo training after beginning elementary school. Even from that early age; however, he demonstrated skill.
Today Aleksander is a well known MMA fighter, including both national and world championship titles. He holds notable wins against Ricardo Morais as well as Eric Pele.
His first notable win occurred on October 5, 2003 when he fought against Assuerio Silva in PRIDE Bushido 1 and won in a split decision. This was followed up with another win some two months later, when he won with a TJO against Angela Araujo. In PRIDE Bushido 3, he continued to demonstrate his skill when he took out Matt Foki with a submission.
Reaching this level of success was a struggle for Aleksander; however. After being convicted of armed robbery, he was sentenced to five years in prison. It was during his time in prison that he received many of his now famous tattoos; most of which have become a constant source of questions from media.
Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"
Brad Blackburn - Bad
Chris Lytle - Lights Out
Dan Christison - The Sandman
David Tank Abbott
Don Frye - The Predator
Ed Herman - Short Fuse
Eric Esch - Butterbean
Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect
Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"
George St. Pierre - "Rush"
Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane
Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse
Ian Freeman - The Machine
Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold
Jason MacDonald - The Athlete
Jason Von Flue - Live Wire
Jeff Joslin - The Inferno
Jeremy Horn - Gumby
Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy
Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"
Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"
Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean
Kenny Florian - KenFlo
Marcus Aurelio - Maximus
Mark Coleman - The Hammer
Mark Weir - The Wizard
Marvin Eastman - The Beastman
Matt Hamill - The Hammer
Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"
Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"
Nick Diaz - "Diablo"
Patrick Cote - The Predator
Paul Buentello - The Headhunter
Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack
Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass
Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"
Randy Couture - "The Natural"
Rashad Evans - "Sugar"
Richard Clementi - No Love
Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer
Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin
Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"
Shonie Carter - Mr. International
Spencer Fisher - The King
Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"
Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer
Urijah Faber - California Kid