MMA Alexander Emelianenko's battery case reaches court
MOSCOW, Janaury 31 (RAPSI) - Criminal case initiated against famous MMA fighter Alexander Emelianenko on battery charges, has been officialy submitted to magisatrate court of Simonovsky Moscow District, RAPSI reports on Friday.
A 63-year-old man was hospitalized with multiple injuries in October 2013 following a brawl in a cafe in southeastern Moscow. Emelianenko was later brought in for questioning by police, but released after filing a counter-claim stating he was only defending himself.
Following the incident, MMA promotion company Legend terminated its contract with Emelianenke, stating he was "unprofessional" and unprepared for an upcoming bout scheduled to take place against Croatian fighter Mirko Filipovic on November 8. He was removed from the card and replaced with another Russian, Alexei Oleinik.
It is not the first time Emelianenko has had a brush with the law. He was fined by a Siberian court last year for disorderly conduct on board a commercial flight, and was questioned by police in August over the alleged rape of a 23-year-old woman. The alleged victim later retracted her claims against him.
After the airplane incident, he retired stating he had too many injuries but returned into the sport in March following a three-month stay in a Greek monastery.
Emelianenko is a renowned MMA fighter with a 23-6 career win-loss record and is the younger brother of former MMA champion Fedor Emelianenko.