Former Pride standout Alexander Emelianenko has decided to hang up the gloves today after fighting professionally for nine years. This news comes via his Facebook page:
“Dear fans, I want to thank you for your support, for having supported me despite everything, what about me talking. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to speak in the ring because of health problems caused by old injuries. Of course, I like the athlete is very hard to realize.”
It’s sad to see Alexander go, but he has had a great career inside the cage. Alexander, brother of former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko, has fought some of the best in his MMA tenure. Alexander competed in the first ever Pride event held in Japan against Assuerio Silva back in 2003, which was a back and forth war that Alexander ultimately won.
Other notable wins in his career include James Thompson, Eric Pele, and Dan Bobish. Sometimes Alexander was subject to living in the shadow of his brother Fedor, but Alexander was a serious fighter in his own right, possessing one-punch knockout power and had some competent submission skills inside the cage.
As a fighter, the shelf-life is short and there are only so many years that a fighter has left to make a living. Hopefully, Alexander invested his win money in the right places to provide a bright future for his family.
One has to wonder if his brother Fedor will follow the same path, because he hasn’t competed since June, when he knocked out Pedro Rizzo in the first round. Whatever is the next chapter in Alexander’s life, he was a warrior inside the cage and always brought the fight to his opponents.