John-Olav Einemo

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John-Olav Einemo
Born (1975-12-10) December 10, 1975 (age 42)
Oslo, Norway
Other names The Viking
Nationality Norwegian
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 253 lb (115 kg; 18 st 1 lb)
Division Heavyweight (265 lb)
Reach 81 in (206 cm)
Team Golden Glory[1]
Rank      black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2000 – 2003, 2006, 2011 - 2012 (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total 9
Wins 6
By knockout 1
By submission 5
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By decision 2
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
John-Olav Einemo
Medal record
Representing  Norway
Men's Submission Wrestling
ADCC World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Sao Paulo -99kg

John-Olav Einemo (born 10 December 1975) is a retired Norwegian mixed martial artist. He is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, with the highlight of his career being the win in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship in 2003 (88–98 kg weight class). He is the only man to defeat multiple-time BJJ champion Roger Gracie in the ADCC Submission Wrestling World Championship tournament.[2] He holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Einemo made his professional MMA debut in the year 2000. He fought for a number of promotions in Finland and the Netherlands, quickly amassing an undefeated record of 4-0. He made his Japanese debut in 2003 for the Shooto promotion in 2003.

Einemo did not compete from 2003-2006 due to complications of contracting a flesh-eating bacterial infection on his left foot following surgery.[4] He completely recovered and returned to fighting in early 2006. He experienced his first professional loss in PRIDE Fighting Championships where he lost to Fabrício Werdum by unanimous decision at Pride 31.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

On March 7, 2011, Einemo signed with the UFC to join their Heavyweight Division.[5]

Einemo was scheduled to make his UFC debut against Shane Carwin on June 11, 2011 at UFC 131. However, once Brock Lesnar pulled out of his fight against Junior dos Santos after again suffering with diverticulitis, Carwin stepped in to take Lesnar's place in the main event. Einemo instead fought fellow UFC newcomer Dave Herman. Einemo lost via TKO (punches) at 3:19 of round 2. This fight earned him Fight of the Night honors.[6]

On August 3, 2011, Golden Glory announced that Einemo had been released from his contract by the UFC.[7] The UFC later reversed the decision, reinstating Einemo and he is now back with the UFC.[8]

In his second UFC fight, Einemo faced Mike Russow on January 28, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. He was subsequently released from the promotion.[10]


Einemo announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on April 3, 2012. He said he would continue to stay involved in the sport as a coach and help the sport grow in his native Norway.[10]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

ADCC career[edit]

2007 Superfight – Lost against Roger Gracie
2005 88–98 kg weight class – Quarter Finals – Won against Vitor Vianna
2003 88–98 kg weight class – Final – Won against Alexandre Ferreira
2003 88–98 kg weight class – Won against Roger Gracie
2001 88–98 kg weight class – Quarter Finals – Won against Rolles Gracie
2001 Under 99 kg weight class - Semi-Finals - Lost against Ricardo Arona

MMA career[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 6–3 Mike Russow Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Evans vs. Davis January 28, 2012 3 5:00 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 6–2 Dave Herman TKO (knee & punches) UFC 131 June 11, 2011 2 3:19 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Fight of the Night.
Win 6–1 James Thompson Submission (armbar) 2H2H: Pride & Honor November 12, 2006 1 4:18 Rotterdam, Netherlands
Loss 5–1 Fabrício Werdum Decision (unanimous) Pride 31 - Dreamers February 26, 2006 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan
Win 5–0 Mindaugas Kulikauskas Submission (armbar) Shooto - Wanna Shooto 2003 November 3, 2003 1 0:47 Tokyo, Japan
Win 4–0 Evert Fyeet Submission (punches) Shooto Finland February 22, 2003 1 1:54 Turku, Finland
Win 3–0 Olaf in 't Veld Submission (punches) Shooto Holland November 4, 2001 1 1:07 Deventer, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Erkka Shalstrom TKO (punches) Finnfight 4 December 2, 2000 1 2:22 Turku, Finland
Win 1–0 Jan Jarvensivu Submission (armbar) Focus Fight Night 4 October 6, 2000 1 4:20 Hameenlinna, Finland

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sherdog Fight Finder – John Olav Einemo". Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ "MMA News: Roger Gracie Fighting at ADCC Grappling Tournament". 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "UFC Signs Norwegian ADCC World Champion John Olav Einemo". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ "UFC Signs Norwegian ADCC World Champion John Olav Einemo". 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  5. ^ Helwani, Ariel (2011-03-07). "UFC Officially Signs John Olav Einemo". Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ "John Olav Einemo's UFC debut uncertain following Shane Carwin's promotion at UFC 131". Retrieved 2011-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Marloes Coenen and Valentijn Overeem cut from Stikeforce, Jon Olav Einemo released from UFC". 2011-08-03. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  8. ^ "Alistair Overeem Splits With Golden Glory, Possibly More to Follow". 2011-09-21. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  9. ^ Mike Chiapetta (November 29, 2011). "John Olav Einemo Back in UFC, Likely to Face Mike Russow at UFC on FOX 2". Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b Mike Chiapetta (April 4, 2012). "UFC Veteran John Olav Einemo Retires". Retrieved April 4, 2012. 

Tournament Results – Official Homepages

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