Vitaly Minakov

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Vitaly Minakov
Виталий Минаков
MMA fighter Vitaly Minakov.jpg
Born Vitaly Viktorovich Minakov
(1985-02-06) February 6, 1985 (age 33)
Bryansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Weight 249 lb (113 kg; 17.8 st)[2]
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[3]
Master of Sports in Freestyle Wrestling
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 21
Wins 21
By knockout 12
By submission 7
By decision 2
Losses 0
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Vitaly Minakov
Medal record
Representing  Russia
Men's Sambo
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 St. Petersburg +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Thessaloniki +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Tashkent +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Vilnius +100 kg
Russian Sambo Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Moscow +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2009 Dmitrov +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2010 Yaroslavl +100 kg
Gold medal – first place 2011 Vyksa +100 kg
Silver medal – second place 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.

2012 Olympics[edit]

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.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

MMA career[edit]

Minakov made his professional MMA debut in November 2010. He is a Sambo World Champion, (2008-2011).

Minakov defeated UFC and Bellator veteran Eddie Sanchez on June 7, 2012 at Fight Nights - Battle of Moscow 7. He won via KO in the first round.

Minakov defeated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Champion and UFC veteran Fabiano Scherner on September 17, 2012 at Fight Nights - Battle of Desne. He won via KO in the first round.

Bellator MMA[edit]

In June 2012, Minakov was signed in Bellator.[5]

He made his debut the following fall at Bellator 79 on November 2, 2012. He defeated a Moldavian National Champion & Judo Black Belt [6] Vladimir Starcencov via TKO in the second round to win his Bellator and North American debut.

Minakov faced Ron Sparks on June 19, 2013 in the Bellator Heavyweight Tournament Semifinal.[7] He won in the first round by technical knockout.

Minakov faced Ryan Martinez at Bellator 97 in the finals on July 31, 2013. He got the TKO victory via punches in the third round, after he took Martinez down and secured full mount.

Minakov faced and defeated Alexander Volkov on November 15, 2013 at Bellator 108 to win the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.

Minakov faced Bellator Season 9 Heavyweight Tournament winner Cheick Kongo at Bellator 115 on April 4.[8] He won via unanimous decision to retain the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.

Minakov was stripped of his Bellator MMA title on May 14, 2016 due to inactivity.[9]

Post-Bellator[edit]

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[edit]

Martial Arts[edit]

  • Global-MMA
    • Global-MMA Fighter of the Year 2013.

Sambo[edit]

  • 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)[10]

Judo[edit]

  • Russian Judo Federation
    • Russian Junior National Champion (1 time)[3]
    • European Junior National Championship 3rd place.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fighter Bio - Vitaly Minakov - Bellator MMA". bellator.com. Retrieved November 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Vitaly Minakov". sherdog.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.judoinside.com/judoka/view/32973/vitaly_minakov/
  4. ^ "Vitaly Minakov also great Judoka: RUS JR National Champion & he defeated Teddy Riner". www.global-mma.com. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Minakov Signing in Bellator". mmafightcorner.com. June 14, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Vladimir Starcencov, Judoka, JudoInside". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "Judo Master at Bellator 96". tapology.com. May 19, 2013. 
  8. ^ Staff (2014-01-17). "Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo title fight slated for Bellator 115". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  9. ^ John Morgan (2015-05-14). "Bellator cuts lightweight champ Will Brooks, strips heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov". mmajunkie.com. 
  10. ^ "Виталий Минаков". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 

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