- Given Name: Виталий Шеметов
- Pro MMA Record: 24-13-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
- Nickname: The Dancing Russian
- Current Streak: 2 Losses
- Age: 34 | Date of Birth: 1985.07.09
- Last Fight: December 31, 2019 in RFF
- Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 204.3 lbs
- Affiliation: Shembros Academy
- Height: 6'1" (186cm) | Reach: 78.3" (199cm)
- Career Disclosed Earnings: $0 USD
- Born: Russia
- Fighting out of: Omsk, Russia
- College: N/A
- Foundation Style: Muay Thai and Russian Sambo
- Head Coach: Dmitriy MASHENKO
- Other Coaches: Lucien CARBIN, Nicholas PETTAS, Oleg KUDRINSKIY, Vladimir ZABAROVSKIY, Dmitriy REPIN, Vladimir DUBROVSKIY, Alexandr CHERYOMUSHKIN, Duke ROUFUS
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Vitaliy SHEMETOV was born in Siberia - the coldest region of USSR (currently Russia).
Russia is the coldest country
on Earth, thus Vitaliy was born in "the coldest of the coldest" and
he had no choice than to be a tough and an extremely strong guy.
During his career he fought in
· EUROPEAN UNION
· MIDDLE EAST
· RUSSIA and CIS countries
His nickname "Dancing Russian" he got after a funny dance which accompanied the glorious win (video here) in USA over Shungo OYAMA, who fought during his fight career vs such MMA and K-1 superstars as Mirko "Cro Cop" FILIPOVIC, Melvin MANHOEF, Renzo GRACIE, Peter AERTS, Dan HENDERSON, Wanderlei SILVA, etc.
From 7 years old he used to train together with his elder brother Sergey SHEMETOV different martial arts mainly focused on Muay Thai and Russian sambo.
Often without any equipment young fighters had to train outside even in ice-cold wintertime. That inspired him to create his introduction video.
Vitaliy started his career on
local Russian MMA and kickboxing events.
Afterwards in 2006 he entered
international MMA events in Japan, where he was trained for 1 year by famous
K-1 superstar Nicholas PETTAS and
won MARS (Japanese MMA organization) bouts.
In 2008 he moved together with
his brother Sergey to Netherlands, where they both were trained by legendary
coach Lucien CARBIN. They trained
together with Tyrone SPONG, Alistair OVEREEM, Semmy SCHILT.
In 2010 they trained in Duke ROUFUS Gym.
Despite of the fact that 2 brothers were always training together, they never fought against each other, as they promised to their parents, but actually they always were in different weight divisions as well.
Vitaliy's recent MMA opponents were:
- Shungo OYAMA (14-19-0) - PRIDE; Dream; K-1 Hero's; ROAD FC; RINGS; Pancrase. Video here.
- Ansar CHALANGOV (15-6-0) - UFC, M-1 Global. Video here
- Yuri KISELOV (6-5-0) - K-1 Hero's
- Daniel TABERA (18-8-3) - Bellator, M-1 Global, KSW
- Stjepan BEKAVAC (16-5-0) - FFC
- Robert JOCZ (21-8-0) - KSW, M-1 Global
- Poai SUGANUMA (12-4-0) - ELITE XC; K-1 Hero's; Pancrase
- Dave DALGLIESH (30-19-2) - RINGS; M-1 Global; KSW
- Sang SOO LEE (16-11-0) - ROAD FC; M-1 Global
- Yuriy GORBENKO (11-33-0) - video here
His name Vitaliy ("Виталий" on Russian) is often miswritten as Vitaly, Vitali, Vitalii,
Together with brother he owns fight club "ShemBros Academy" in Omsk, Russia.
One important thing for which Vitaliy is beloved by an audience is his awesome entrance, entrance music and fight show based on USSR theme.
His ability to make a good show is also remarkable during several local MMA fight events in Omsk, Russia which Vitaliy together with his brother Sergey arrange from time-to-time.
In 2013 Vitaliy and his
brother were Bob's SAPP official
representatives during his fight against Alexander
His best K-1 record was K-1 WORLD GP in Istanbul, Turkey in 2010.
Video #1 here.
Video #2 here.
Video #3 here.
Vitaliy's K-1 records is 41-3-0 and his opponents were
Zabit SAMEDOV (75-9-1) - K-1 champion 2006, 2009 video here
- Konstantin GLUKHOV (30-12-0) - K-1 Champion 2008, 2010
- Maxsim NELEDVA (36-9-0) - K-1 champion 2007 video here
Magomed MAGOMEDOV (60-12-2) - K-1 champion 2006, 2007
- 120 kg (265 lbs) Thomas VANNESTE - Glory, Superkombat, Enfusion. Fight video here
- Jafar AHMADI
- Vladimir MINEEV (24-2-0) - video here