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Fedor Emelianenko loses first Combat Sambo match in eight years

There was another heavyweight champion that suffered a loss this past weekend. Lost in the midst of the Randy Couture vs. Brock Lesnar fight, Fedor Emelianenko dropped his first Combat Sambo match in eight years on Saturday night to a World Combat Sambo Champion from Bulgaria that goes by the name of Blagoi Ivanov.

The bout came in the semifinals of the over 100kg division at the 2008 World Combat Sambo Championships. Fedor was outpointed and lost the match by a score of 8-5 to Ivanov. The Bulgarian went on to win the gold medal while Fedor had to settle for the bronze.

Fedor holds a previous victory over Ivanov when the two met for the first time earlier this year in the finals of President’s cup in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is highly likely that the two will meet again very soon as the next President’s Cup is coming up and a rubber match between the champions will be inevitable.

With such a huge win over the guy that many consider to be the best fighter alive, Ivanov may end up competing in mixed martial arts on american soil very shortly as rumors of several organizations expressing interest in the fighter have already began to circulate.

  • Austin says:


  • HexRei says:

    I predict lesnar moves to russia and dominates the national sambo scene next!!!!!!

  • Venom says:

    HAHAHAHAHA Over? You guys are silly! :-)

  • Robert says:

    I heard Fedor was filming a movie in Thailand less than 2 weeks before competing in this tournament. Probably was not training in his normal routine and it caught up with him.He already beat his opponent previously so I chalk this up to a fluke victory.

  • Davey D says:

    I am curious to see who win’s the trilogy. It exciting to see Fedor having an equal on some level and so far…this is it. I’ll bet Emelianenko comes in determined for the President’s Cup as I’m certain he doesn’t care to lose with Vladamir Putin watching in person.

    For what it’s worth, maybe Affliction should sign this guy to a contract? He beat Fedor in Sambo but what about MMA? Let’s see…

  • Jesse says:

    How do you say cha-ching in Russian?

  • tylerdante69 says:

    WHat’s the differnce between Sambo and MMA??

  • HexRei says:

    The rules differences are a little complicated for a post here. Check out the wikipedia page:

  • Ian says:

    He got outpointed because Combat Sambo is Judo-friendly in terms of how they appropriate points. Fedor actually knocked the guy down, and his opponent was given a standing 8 count. Somewhat rare because of the head gear used. Even at that, a Judo throw is worth more than knocking a guy to a standing 8, resulting in the loss.

    Kudos to Ivanov, but don’t kid yourself. Fedor would dominate the guy in MMA, and I’m guessing the President’s Cup will still any fears of Fedor’s imminent demise.

  • ACK! says:

    Thanks for the explanations Ian. My thoughts are that this only makes Fedor more dangerous to his next opponent…

  • JAYJAY says:

    sambo is actually one of the closest combat sports in terms of mma with the striking and throws and ground control.

  • tonus says:

    How stupid people are -.- why would you want someone to fight in mma when he never taken headarmor off in his life and he is pro on takedowns but strikes i dont think so!

    like some guys said fedor is brown belt at every style of the fight this guys who beat fedor only blackbelt in sambo, i think if he comes to mma and vs Fedor then goodluck on him and his face.

  • CW says:

    Wow, and I thought the UFC had rabid fanbois (:

  • D says:

    @ HexRei – wouldn’t that be like Rocky 4…in reverse? hehe

  • Davey D says:

    There is a fourm on Sherdog reporting that Blagoi Ivanov has in fact signed with Affliction. The Sherdog Fight Finder states that his record in MMA is 14-0 -1. That is impressive at any rate. It might not be a bad idea to match these two up in the futue given the current storyline. It’s all about promotion these days’s.

    I would like to see Emelianenko vs. Barnett first should they both win in January. I honestly think Fedor isn’t going to lose again except maybe to Nogueira in the UFC if that ever happened, just my opinon. Fedor’s first loss was a farce and he waxed TK in their second bout. I hope he steps into the Octagon by mid-2010…one can only hope.

  • Gono>UFC says:

    Combat Sambo, which is what Fedor fights in, ISN’Y the same as traditional Sambo. Don’t get the confused. Combat Sambo is much more like MMA.

  • georgi kovachev says:

    blagoi is inkredable he is the onli one ho could beat fedor :):)


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