Vitaly Minakov was born in Bryansk, Russia on February 6th in 1985. He stands in at 6’ 2” tall and weighs in at 250 pounds. The Russian heavyweight has a blackbelt in Judo, is ranked as a Master of Sports in Wrestling, and is a 1st Grand Master in Sambo. Minakov won 4 gold medals at the Sambo World Championships, and another 4 gold medals in the Sambo Russian National Championships.
In 2010 Minakov made his MMA debut and three years later after going 12-0 he won the Bellator heavyweight title and since then has made one title defense and added 3 more victories to improve to 16-0 with 9 knockouts and 4 submissions.