Alexander Emelianenko, 38, was arrested last week, during the morning of January 21. The professional fighter and younger brother of MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko was taken into custody for being intoxicated and “behav[ing] inappropriately,” according to a report from Russian news site Sportbox.ru.
Emelianenko was charged with hooliganism in the Black Sea resort town of Anapa, and sentenced to seven days in jail which he began serving the following day. Hooliganism is a misdemeanor in the Russian legal system for being disruptive or producing unlawful behavior in public.
This was not Emelianenko’s first encounter with the law. In 2015 the troubled mixed martial artist was convicted of assaulting and raping his housekeeper. He was sentenced to four and a half years in prison but was released three years early on parole. Then last year Emelianenko was arrested for drunk driving and evading police. He served 10 days in jail as a result.
The most recent hooliganism charge normally brings a three day sentence, but because of Emelianenko’s track record the punishment was extended.
Emelianenko (28-7-1) is currently scheduled to take on Magomed Ismailov (15-3) at ACA 107 on April 7, a bout that Absolute Championship Akhmat claims is not affected by Emelianenko’s arrest and incarceration.