Though he never matched the success his legendary sibling, Aleksander Emelianenko had his fare share of success in the ring including a memorable knockout of fellow Russian Sergei Kharitonov under the PRIDE banner. Unfortunately, Emelianenko never quite lived up to his promise, and now it appears a slew of health issues have forced the 31-year old to call it a career.
According to a post on Emelianenko’s Facebook page, nagging injuries have led to his retirement.
Emelianenko racked up a record of 21-6 in his career eighteen finishes. Though he won four of his last five fights, he was unable to end his run on a positive note after suffering a submission loss to Jeff Monson in his most recent outing.
He is the second Emelianenko to hang his gloves up in 2012, as iconic heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko also walked away from MMA after a June knockout of Pedro Rizzo.
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