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Fedor Emelianenko - Christian Fighter - One Of the Most Beloved Athletes of All Time

Never failed a drug test


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This Russian mixed-martial arts fighter has a massive following around the world.  He is a mega-star in Japan, the Middle East, fight-crazy Mexico, and many other countries, including the US.

He is, without a doubt, Russia's most famous, and most loved sports figure, both inside and outside the country.  What he has achieved in his career is considered near impossible.  

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But in addition to that, he is beloved because of his unusual public persona, the attitude and ethics he projects.  This, in particular, resonates with fans around the world.

In addition to this he is a devout Russian Orthodox Christian, and speaks frequently about how his faith forms his attitudes towards his sport.

He is this generation's Muhammad Ali.

To understand his mystique, it is well worth watching this excellent American documentary film about him from HDnet.  

It has fascinating footage of his provincial hometown where he still lives, his workout routines, his faith, his life philosophy, his friendships and lifestyle (very low key - in contrast to the flash typical of big fight stars).

Here is a recent article about him from the American MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Country magazine, discussing the unique status and respect he holds around the world.

 

1. Fedor's Status As The Greatest Of All Time is a Matter of Sports-Wide Consensus

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According a Sherdog Poll, 40.8% of MMA fans consider Fedor Emelianenko to be the Greatest Fighter Of All Time.
The next leading candidate is Georges St. Pierre with 20.7% of the Vote.

Tough Luck Dana

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2. He has beat a who's-who list of MMA Legends and UFC Champions

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This List Includes Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia* Mark Hunt, Mirko Filipovic, Kevin Randleman*, Mark Coleman* (Twice),
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira* (Twice), Heath Herring, Semmy Schilt, Renato Sobral, and Ricardo Arona.

*Former UFC Champion

3. He has never failed a drug test

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Unlike Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, Fedor Emelianenko has never failed a drug test in MMA or in Sambo.
He has took hundreds of drug tests in Sambo and Judo tournaments, in organizations that are clients of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

4. Here's a TLDR (Too Long, Didn't Read) Summary

1. 10 Year Undefeated Streak

2. 7 Years Ranked as the #1 Fighter in the World

3. RINGS/Pride HW/Pride 04 GP Champion

4. Named Fighter of the Decade (2010-2010)

5. 13 Top 10 Wins at Heavyweight

6. Beat the Best Fighters From His Era (Nogueira, Cro Cop, Sylvia, Arlovski, etc.)

7. Widely Regarded as the Greastest Of All Time by Fans and Fighters alike


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