|Born||Vitaly Viktorovich Minakov
February 6, 1985
Bryansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||249 lb (113 kg; 17.8 st)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lb)|
|Reach||78 in (198 cm)|
|Style||Sambo, Judo, Wrestling, Gaidojutsu|
|Fighting out of||Bryansk, Russia
Fairfield, New Jersey, U.S
|Team||Fight Nights Team
Jackson Wink MMA Academy
|Rank||1st Razryad Grand Master in Sambo
Black Belt in Judo
Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
|2008 St. Petersburg||+100 kg|
|2009 Thessaloniki||+100 kg|
|2010 Tashkent||+100 kg|
|2011 Vilnius||+100 kg|
|Russian Sambo Championships|
|2008 Moscow||+100 kg|
|2009 Dmitrov||+100 kg|
|2010 Yaroslavl||+100 kg|
|2011 Vyksa||+100 kg|
|2013 Khabarovsk||+100 kg|
Vitaly Viktorovich Minakov (Russian: Виталий Викторович Минаков; born February 6, 1985, Bryansk) is an undefeated Russian mixed martial artist, sambist and judoka. He is the former Bellator MMA heavyweight champion. He is #6 in the world rankings by the LA Times.
Because Vitaly is a numerous Sambo World Champion and a Junior Russian National Champion in Judo, he considered competing at the 2012 Olympics in London. It is unknown why he didn't make the team. In his 2010 interview, he also stated that he beat Teddy Riner, a numerous World Judo Champion and an Olympic Gold Medalist in a training/sparring session in 2006.
Mixed martial arts career
Minakov made his professional MMA debut in November 2010. He is a Sambo World Champion, (2008-2011).
In June 2012, Minakov was signed in Bellator.
He made his debut the following fall at Bellator 79 on November 2, 2012. He defeated a Moldavian National Champion & Judo Black Belt  Vladimir Starcencov via TKO in the second round to win his Bellator and North American debut.
Minakov was stripped of his Bellator MMA title on May 14, 2016 due to inactivity.
After leaving Bellator MMA, Minakov returned to fight in his native Russia. He has fought seven times since July 2015 and won all seven of his bouts.
Championships and accomplishments
- Bellator MMA
- Bellator Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One Successful Title Defense.
- Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Championship.
- Fight Nights Global
- Undefeated in Fight Nights (8-0)
- Global-MMA Fighter of the Year 2013.
- Federation International Amateur de Sambo (FIAS)
- Sambo World Champion (4 time)
- Russian National Champion (4 time)
- Russian Presidential Cup Sambo Champion (3 time - 2008, 2009, 2010)
- Russian Judo Federation
- Russian Junior National Champion (1 time)
- European Junior National Championship 3rd place.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|21 matches||21 wins||0 losses|
|Win||21–0||Tony Johnson||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 82||December 16, 2017||2||0:38||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||20–0||Antônio Silva||KO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 68||June 2, 2017||2||1:37||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||19–0||DJ Linderman||KO (punches)||Fight Nights Global 59||February 23, 2017||3||3:09||Khimki, Russia|
|Win||18–0||Peter Graham||Submission (armbar)||Fight Nights Global 50||June 17, 2016||1||1:01||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Win||17–0||Josh Copeland||Submission (kimura)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 20||December 11, 2015||2||2:50||Moscow, Russia|
|Win||16–0||Geronimo dos Santos||Submission (armbar)||Fight Nights Global: Dagestan||September 25, 2015||1||3:14||Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russia|
|Win||15–0||Adam Maciejewski||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights Global: Sochi||July 31, 2015||1||0:20||Sochi, Russia|
|Win||14–0||Cheick Kongo||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 115||April 4, 2014||5||5:00||Reno, Nevada, United States||Defended the Bellator Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||13–0||Alexander Volkov||TKO (punches)||Bellator 108||November 15, 2013||1||2:57||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States||Won the Bellator Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||12–0||Ryan Martinez||TKO (punches)||Bellator 97||July 31, 2013||3||4:02||Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Final|
|Win||11–0||Ron Sparks||KO (punches)||Bellator 96||June 19, 2013||1||0:32||Thackerville, Oklahoma, United States||Bellator 2013 Summer Series Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal|
|Win||10–0||Vladimir Starcencov||TKO (punches)||Bellator 79||November 2, 2012||2||0:27||Rama, Ontario, Canada||Bellator debut|
|Win||9–0||Fabiano Scherner||TKO (punches)||Fight Nights: Battle of Desne||September 17, 2012||1||3:51||Bryansk, Bryansk Oblast, Russia|
|Win||8–0||Eddie Sanchez||KO (punch)||Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 7||June 7, 2012||1||1:59||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||7–0||Karol Celinski||TKO (corner stoppage)||Faxe Forward Challenge 2: Russia vs. Latvia||April 14, 2012||1||0:55||Riga, Vidzeme, Latvia|
|Win||6–0||Ivan Frolov||Submission (guillotine choke)||AntMMA: Ultimate Fighting of Bryansk||June 29, 2011||1||0:45||Bryansk, Bryansk Oblast, Russia|
|Win||5–0||Juan Espino||TKO (punches)||League S-70: Sambo 70 vs. Spain||April 21, 2011||1||0:09||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||4–0||Valery Scherbakov||Submission (armbar)||M-1 Challenge 22: Narkun vs. Vasilevsky||December 10, 2010||1||1:05||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||3–0||Vitalii Yalovenko||Decision (unanimous)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Finals||July 22, 2010||3||5:00||Moscow, Moscow Oblast, Russia|
|Win||2–0||Alexander Zubachov||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Sambo-70/M-1 Global: Sochi Open European Championships||July 14, 2010||1||0:27||Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia|
|Win||1–0||Ruslan Kabdulin||Submission (armbar)||M-1 Selection 2010: Eastern Europe Round 2||April 10, 2010||1||4:19||Kiev, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine|
- List of Bellator MMA alumni
- List of male mixed martial artists
- List of undefeated mixed martial artists
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- "Vitaly Minakov". sherdog.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Vitaly Minakov also great Judoka: RUS JR National Champion & he defeated Teddy Riner". www.global-mma.com. Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- "Minakov Signing in Bellator". mmafightcorner.com. June 14, 2012.
- "Vladimir Starcencov, Judoka, JudoInside". Retrieved 12 July 2015.
- "Judo Master at Bellator 96". tapology.com. May 19, 2013.
- Staff (2014-01-17). "Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo title fight slated for Bellator 115". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
- John Morgan (2015-05-14). "Bellator cuts lightweight champ Will Brooks, strips heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov". mmajunkie.com.
- "Виталий Минаков". Retrieved 12 July 2015.