Retired Russian MMA icon Fedor Emelianenko has turned down the position of Honorary President for the Russian MMA Union, according to sources. The decision comes after Viktor Drozdov was unanimously elected as the new President of the Russian MMA Union on Friday.
Emelianenko, who left the presidency in August, was extended an invitation to serve as the Honorary President, a role often given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport. However, the legendary star, known for his illustrious career and achievements, declined the offer.
The 47-year-old Emelianenko holds an impressive MMA record of 40 wins, seven defeats, and one no-contest. His accolades include being the MMA Pride Fighting Championships Heavyweight Champion from 2003 to 2007, FIAS World Combat Sambo Championship Heavyweight Champion in 2002, 2005, and 2007, as well as earning a bronze medal at the Russian Judo Federation National Championship in 1998 and 1999.
Emelianenko’s refusal to take on the honorary role marks a notable development in the leadership structure of the Russian MMA Union, reflecting his continued impact and influence in the sport’s landscape. Tass was the first to report on the news.
Fedor Emelianenko is seeking an alternative opponent for a potential boxing match after negotiations with American ring legend Mike Tyson reached a standstill, according to a source within Emelianenko’s team.
He’s also embroiled in family drama.
Fedor Emelianenko’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko, marked Fedor’s 47th birthday with a unique and heartfelt video message, expressing birthday wishes and a sincere apology for past troubles.
Aleksander has reportedly converted to Islam, in order to help stop drinking.
In the video, Aleksander, sporting a distinct appearance with a long beard and holding an electronic rosary, apologized for any distress caused by his behavior and lifestyle. He disclosed that he is currently undergoing a program in Ingushetia, emphasizing his commitment to not drinking as a birthday gift to Fedor. This gesture reflects Aleksander’s determination to make amends and turn over a new leaf in the face of past legal troubles.