Controversial MMA heavyweight Alexander Emelianenko returned to action for World Fighting Championship Akhmat in Russia last night. The promotion’s 50th show was packed with some heavy hitters and provided serious fireworks.
Having served some time in prison for sexual assault in 2015/16, Emelianenko has looked very different since his early release. Prior to his time inside the Russian Gulag, Alexander Emelianenko had experienced a career downswing.
Dropping defeats to Peter Graham, Magomed Malikov and the unknown Dimitry Sosnovski, it seemed the younger Emelianenko brother’s career was in trouble. Once his jail time was announced, many felt ‘The Reaper’s’ MMA stint was over.
Since his prison release, Emelianenko has been crushing competition in his home nation of Russia. During his five-fight winning streak, Alex fought and finished UFC veteran Gabriel Gonzaga, Virgil Zwicker, Geronimo Dos Santos, Viktor Pesta and Szymon Bajor.
Having knocked out all five of his latest opponents, fans expected Emelianenko to handle Tony Johnson with ease last night. Bellator and KOTC veteran Tony Johnson Jr. has faced some stern competition but was the betting underdog against the streaking Emelianenko.
Emelianenko spent a large part of the fight punching Johnson around on the feet but also getting his face elbowed bloody on the ground. Two judges cage side saw the fight as 29-29, while one judge scored the fight 29-28 for Johnson.
Over the years we’ve seen some sketchy decisions where Russia is involved, but this time it doesn’t seem outrageous. The fight was an even blend of Emelianenko getting the better of the striking and Johnson dominating on the ground.
Definitely seen worse decisions in Eastern Europe, including Fedor vs Fabio Maldonado. Alexander Emelianenko continues his unbeaten streak, but now has a draw that ends his winning streak.
The promotion’s heavyweight champion Evgeniy Goncharov destroyed Zelimkhan Umiev in the co-main event of WCFA 50.
Perhaps a title fight for Emelianenko is in the near future? The full list of WCFA 50 results is below courtesy of MMAtion.com. Watch the heavyweight champion demolish his opponent in Russia: