Bellator Heavyweight Valentin Moldavsky Captures World Sambo Championship

By Tristen Critchfield Nov 11, 2020


Valentin Moldavsky is following in the footsteps of his mentor, Fedor Emelianenko.

The Bellator heavyweight contender captured a gold medal in the +100 kilogram division in combat sambo at the World Sambo Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia, over the weekend. The event was organized by the European Sambo Federation (ESF), a member of the International Sambo Federation (FIAS).

Emelianenko was a heavyweight champion under the FIAS banner in 2002, 2005 and 2007 and of course, was regarded as the sport’s most dominant heavyweight — and perhaps its best pound-for-pound fighter — during a 28-fight unbeaten streak from 2001 to 2009.

Moldavsky, who trains with Fedorteam in Russia, is 10-1 thus far in his professional career and 5-0 in Bellator. He owns notable wins over the likes of Roy Nelson, Javy Ayala and Linton Vassell.

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