MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko says he’s ‘getting better’ after being hospitalised with Covid-19

One of the greatest heavyweight fighters in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, has been hospitalised with Covid-19 in Russia.

The former PRIDE heavyweight champion was long considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and last fought in December 2019. 

Russia’s state-owned media service RT Sport, reported that the 44-year-old was admitted to the medical facility in Moscow.

MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko (right) was recently hospitalised in Moscow with Covid-19

The heavyweight great posted this picture on Instagram saying he is ‘getting better’

Though specific details as to Emelianenko’s condition have not been made public, the fighter has taken to Instagram to thank people for asking about his well-being.

He said: ‘Thank you to everyone who is truly worried about my health. I have a good feeling right now, I’m getting better. Thankful to doctors and medical staff for caring and hard work.’

Emelianenko is best known for his run with the Japanese promotion PRIDE, which saw him capture their heavyweight crown and remain undefeated as he tore through the division, taking down fighters such as Mirko Cro Cop, Mark Coleman and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira along the way.

Emelianenko is widely considered as one of the greatest heavyweight fighters in MMA history

He then moved to Strikeforce where he continued a 28-fight unbeaten streak before being upset by future UFC champion Fabricio Werdum. 

Most recently he has been a member of the Bellator roster and last defeated fellow PRIDE alumni Quinton Jackson by first-round stoppage in December 2019.

He had come up short in his prior fight against Ryan Bader in a bid to capture Bellator’s heavyweight title. 

The 44-year-old has not officially retired from MMA and holds a current record of 39-6-1 with one no contest.

He is yet to officially retire from competition but the 44-year-old last fought in December 2019

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