|Born||1967-01-01 (age 43–44)
Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Igor Zinoviev (born January 1, 1967) is a Russian former mixed martial artist. He competed in the Extreme Fighting organization, holding the middleweight title until their demise, then moved to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He coached the Chicago Red Bears in the International Fight League in the 2007 season.
Early life and training
Zinoviev grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia. Sickly and weak as a youth due to meningitis, he was unable to walk until the age of four. To overcome this handicap, he swam for exercise, becoming skilled enough that he entered a Russian sports academy. There, he trained in boxing, judo, and Combat sambo. When he came of age, he enlisted in the Soviet army, spending two years in an elite special forces squad, followed by four years on a municipal police force after his discharge from the army. Like many Russian mixed martial artists, he received further training while serving in the Russian military and police forces.
Mixed martial arts career
A chance meeting with an American businessman in a Turkish bath convinced Zinoviev to become a professional fighter, as the businessman told Zinoviev that he could arrange fights for Zinoviev in America. After he arrived in New York, the promised opportunities did not materialize, so Zinoviev made his own way, participating in "about ten" underground fights held clandestinely in warehouses in Brooklyn and Queens.
Zinoviev's first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight was at the inaugural World Extreme Fighting event in 1995 in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he defeated Mario Sperry via cut stoppage to claim the organization's middleweight title, a title he held until the organization's dissolution in 1998. He also fought in Vale Tudo Japan, defeating Enson Inoue. Zinoviev's final mixed martial arts bout (to date) was against Frank Shamrock at UFC 16. 22 seconds into the match, Shamrock took Zinoviev down with a powerful slam that knocked him unconscious and broke his collarbone, finishing his fighting career. Since that time, he has worked as a personal trainer and bodyguard.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|7 matches||4 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||4-1-2||Frank Shamrock||KO(Slam)||UFC 16||March 13, 1998||1||0:22||For UFC Light Heavyweight Championship|
|Draw||4-0-2||Osami Shibuya||Draw||Pancrase: Alive 11||December 20, 1997||2||3:00|
|Draw||4-0-1||John Lober||Draw||Extreme Fighting 3||October 18, 1996||3||5:00|
|Win||4-0||Enson Inoue||TKO (Punches)||Vale Tudo Japan 1996||July 7, 1996||3||5:00|
|Win||3-0||Steve Faulkner||Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)||Extreme Fighting 2||April 26, 1996||3||5:00||Defended Extreme Fighting Middleweight Championship|
|Win||2-0||Mario Sperry||TKO(doctor stoppage)||Extreme Fighting 1||November 18, 1995||3||5:00||Won Extreme Fighting Middleweight Championship|
|Win||1-0||Harold German||submission(punches)||Extreme Fighting 1||November 18, 1995||3||5:00|
Igor Zinoviev has a 20 year old son, Daniel and a wife Tetyana .
- Professional MMA record for Igor Zinoviev from Sherdog
- Igor Zinoviev IFL Page
- http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0328,duffy,45406,3.html Biography
- http://www.sherdog.com/news/news.asp?n_id=6176 IFL announcement