Heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko is the latest fighter to battle the COVID-19 virus.
On Thursday, it was reported by Russia’s state-owned media service RT Sport that Emelianeko, 44, was hospitalized after becoming infected. Bellator President Scott Coker confirmed the news to MMA Fighting.
An update on Emelianenko’s health was also posted to his Instagram account:
Via Instagram’s in-app translation:
Thank you to everyone who is truly worried about my health. I have a good feeling right now, I’m getting better. Thankful to doctors and medical staff for caring and hard work.
According to the initial report, Emelianenko is being treated at a hospital in Moscow. No further details have been made public at this time.
Emelianenko is one of the most decorated fighters in MMA history and widely regarded as one of the greatest ever to compete in the heavyweight division. He became a star in Japan’s PRIDE promotion in the 2000s before making the move to Strikeforce, where he continued a legendary 28-fight unbeaten streak before being upset by future UFC champion Fabricio Werdum. He retired in 2012 before returning to compete for RIZIN, Fight Nights Global, and Bellator.
His most recent outing saw him defeat Quinton “Rampage” Jackson by first-round TKO at Bellator 237 in December 2019.