Fedor Emelianenko, Tom Atencio, and Donald Trump. Photo courtesy of Affliction Entertainment.
Despite being the undisputed number one heavyweight Mixed Martial Artist(MMA) in the world, Fedor Emelianenko is largely a mystery to even his most devout fans.While those who follow the sport of MMA are very familiar with the former PRIDE heavyweight champion’s work inside the ring, very little about the man behind the fighter has been brought to the public’s attention.
On Tuesday night, fans will get to see Fedor Emelianenko like they’ve never seen him before when Fox Sports Net (check local listings for times) premieres its new documentary, “Fedor: Baddest Man on the Planet.”
“Of all the top combat sports athletes involved with boxing and MMA, Fedor is hands down the greatest. I’m not sure if he is even human,” said George Greenberg Executive Vice President, Programming & Production Fox Sports. “When we were given the opportunity to get behind the scenes at Fedor’s training camp - it was a no brainer. “
Fedor is 28-1 in a pro MMA career that began in 2000, the same year in which he sustained his only loss. Facing former UFC veteran Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, the fight was stopped because of a cut. Fedor has never been knocked out or submitted and is MMA’s only true dynasty.
The sixty minute documentary includes never before seen footage of Fedor training at the local boxing gym in his hometown of Stary Oskol, Russia; exclusive footage of Fedor’s outdoor training regiment; an intimate look what his life is like in Stary Oskol when he’s not fighting; interviews with members of his friends and family, including his mother and his priest; and more.
“The thing people have to understand is that Fedor is not in this to become a star,” said M-1 USA Vice President Jerry Millen. “Fedor doesn’t want to be a celebrity. Fame is not why he fights. He fights because he loves the sport and loves competition. Fedor is a very private person but on this FSN special, you’re going to see footage of Fedor that you’ve never seen and it’s the kind of footage that I personally thought no one would ever get to see. The special is phenomenal.”
The documentary will serve as a prelude leading up to Fedor’s much anticipated WAMMA heavyweight title defense against former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski during Affliction and M-1’ “Day of Reckoning” event, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. However, before fans tune in to see Fedor defend his title versus Arlovski, there urged to get to know the man behind the myth during Fox Sports Net’s “Fedor: Baddest Man on the Planet.”