MMA Legend Fedor Emelianenko Hospitalized With COVID-19

ST.PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - APRIL 13, 2007: World champion on "mixed fight" and of the World Combat Sambo Fedor Emelianenko at a press conference.


Mixed martial arts legend Fedor Emelianenko has been hospitalized with COVID-19.

On Thursday, Emelianenko, who many consider the greatest heavyweight in the sport’s history, took to social media to announce that he contracted the virus and provided a health update.

Luckily, Emelianenko says that he is feeling fine. He is currently recovering at a hospital in Moscow, Russia.

“I feel fine,” Emelianenko wrote on Instagram, as transcribed by RT Sport. “I am going into recovery. I’m grateful to the doctors and medical staff for their care and hard work.”

The 44-year-old Emelianenko last fought in 2019, scoring a knockout of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the first round at Bellator 237.

Prior to his latest victory, he was knocked out by Ryan Bader in 35 seconds at Bellator 214. The event was for the vacant Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.

Whether Fedor returns to the cage in 2021 remains to be seen, but he has two fights remaining on his Bellator contract.

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