MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko has been hospitalized in Russia due to COVID-19.
RT Sport reports that Emelianenko is in a hospital in Russia. The Moscow hospital specializes in treating patients who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Emelianenko took to his Instagram account to give an update on his health as well as express gratitude.
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“Thank you all who are sincerely worried about my health. I am feeling well now, I am on the mend.
I am grateful to the doctors and medical staff for their care and your hard work.”
Emelianenko last competed in December 2019. He defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via first-round TKO. The action was held inside the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This was the first stop in “The Last Emperor’s” farewell tour, although he hasn’t committed to retirement once the tour ends.
Bellator President Scott Coker had expressed his desire to have Emelianenko’s farewell tour end in Russia. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to that idea.
Many believe Emelianenko is one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. He reigned as the PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion from 2003 all the way up to the promotion’s demise in 2007.
Emelianenko had a record of 31-1, 1 NC before fighting Fabricio Werdum under the now-defunct Strikeforce banner. Many believe the one loss was controversial as it ended via TKO due to doctor’s stoppage. The general consensus is that the cut Fedor suffered in the fight wasn’t bad enough to stop it.
Fedor ended up being submitted by Werdum in June 2010. It was his first loss since December 2000. Emelianenko lost two more fights via TKO before going on a five-fight winning streak. The streak was snapped by Matt Mitrione via first-round knockout.
Fedor rebounded by making it to the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix. He stopped Frank Mir and Chael Sonnen via first-round TKO to get to the finals. “The Last Emperor” ended up being knocked out in 35 seconds against Ryan Bader, falling short in his bid to become the Bellator Heavyweight Champion.