When the boogeyman goes to sleep, he checks under the bed for Chuck Norris; when Chuck Norris goes to sleep, he checks under the bed for Aleks Emelianenko.
In the beginning, Aleksander Emelianenko was a world-class MMA fighter, three-time world Combat Sambo champion, younger brother of MMA heavyweight GOAT Fedor Emelianenko, and the scariest man on the planet.
Late in 2012 he retired, following his brother by less than a year, via Facebook.
I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, FOR HAVING SUPPORTED ME IN SPITE OF ALL THAT THEY SAY ABOUT ME.
UNFORTUNATELY, I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PERFORM IN THE RING BECAUSE OF HEALTH PROBLEMS CAUSED BY OLD INJURIES. OF COURSE, AS I AM AN ATHLETE, IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO REALIZE AND ACCEPT.
I AM GRATEFUL TO THE FANS AND PARTNERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT, FOR BELIEVING IN ME, I AM GRATEFUL TO MY DETRACTORS. YOUR PASSIONS ALWAYS MAKES ME MOVE FORWARD AND ACHIEVE NEW RESULTS.
I UNDERSTAND THAT I WILL FACE ACCUSATIONS AND NEGATIVE CRITICISM, NOT RELATED TO MY DIRECT WORK. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TYPE A LOT OF NEGATIVE POINTS IN ANY SITUATION FOR ME. I WOULD NOT LIKE TO COMMENT, EXPLAIN, OR JUSTIFY. EACH OF US IN THIS LIFE AND DOES BAD AND GOOD THINGS. THAT IS OUR NATURE. I DID A LOT IN THE SPORT; THE EXAMPLE HAS ATTRACTED MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE GYM. GOD AND TIME WILL JUDGE US ALL.
NOW I WANT TO STEP OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT, AND TO TAKE CONTROL OF MY HEALTH, AND MY FAMILY. I LOST MY DAUGHTER, WHOM I LOVE VERY MUCH. MAYBE SOMETIME WE'LL SEE WITH YOU AGAIN. THANK YOU! BE WELL AND BELIEVE IN GOD!
Aleks unretired the next year, crushing Bob Sapp in 78 seconds. He then went 1-1, before once again running afoul of the law.
He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison, for sexual assault, kidnapping by withholding a passport, and the forced use of narcotic drugs or psychotropic substances on his housekeeper.
In 2015 Aleks got married while he remained in prison. He was released on parole in October 2016, and returned to MMA fighting in 2017.
However, on February 23, 2022, at Hardcore FC: Russia vs. USA, he defeated Jeff Monson via Unanimous Decision, under bare-knuckle boxing rules. In his most recent bout, under professional boxing rules, Emelianenko lost to Datsik via KO.
So, yah, this is the scariest man in MMA history vs. the craziest man in MMA history.
And he continued to have brushes with the law. In 2019 he parked in a tow zone and returned to find that police were about to tow his gold Mercedes away. Naturally, he jumped into the driver seat and drove off, before crashing into two other vehicles. His last known offense was just weeks later, when he was arrested for drinking alcohol in a children's playground.
In an interview with Sport24 on May 27, 2022, Aleks appeared to have problems walking and speaking.
His manager, Nikita Burchak, subsequently told the Ushatayka YouTube channel that Aleks had gone into rehab. And then he lost to Datsik.
There is a narrative of longstanding that Emelianenko has spent years moving in and out of prison. But Japan has a strict immigration policy against convicted felons, and Emelianenko has fought repeatedly in Japan, and some of his tattoos indicate a status that would, due to his age, not have been possible at the time of his imprisonment.
Further, whatever hair-raising aspects of Aleks's life, they do not reflect at all on his older brother Fedor, who has led a radically different life in regards to law-breaking, among other regards. The pair are reportedly estranged.
Here's a video of the brothers sparring during an earlier time.
And, lastly, here's yet another highlight of Aleks smashing people: