Fedor Emelianenko

Black Belt Hall of Fame member Fedor Emelianenko, considered by some the greatest heavyweight in the history of mixed martial arts, has been hospitalized with the Covid-19 virus. It was reported Thursday that the Russian fighting great had been taken to a hospital in Moscow. Though the hospital has not released any details of his condition, Emelianenko, 44, took to Instagram to assure his fans he's feeling well and recovering.

A former combat sambo world champion and heavyweight champion of the now defunct Pride promotion, Emelianenko retired from fighting in 2012 but returned in 2015. He is currently signed with Bellator MMA where he's gone 3-2 since 2017. There had been plans for him to have an epic farewell fight in Russia but the worldwide pandemic has put those plans on hold.

Black Belt Magazine has a storied history that dates back all the way to 1961, making 2021 the 60th Anniversary of the world's leading magazine of martial arts. To celebrate six decades of legendary martial arts coverage, take a trip down memory lane by scrolling through some of the most influential covers ever published. From the creators of martial art styles, to karate tournament heroes, to superstars on the silver screen, and everything in between, the iconic covers of Black Belt Magazine act as a time capsule for so many important moments and figures in martial arts history. Keep reading to view the full list of these classic issues.

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Though he won't be participating in this weekend's UFC lightweight championship fight, Conor McGregor is now number one in another type of competition, garnering the top spot on Forbes' list of the world's highest paid athletes. According to Forbes, McGregor earned $180 million between May 1, 2020 and May 1, 2021 landing him ahead of athletes like soccer stars Lionel Messi ($130 million), Cristiano Ronaldo ($120 million) and NFL quarterback Dak Prescott ($107.5 million).

The vast majority of McGregor's income came from the sale of his whiskey company, Proper No. Twelve, for $150 million. Along with various endorsement deals which brought his out of competition total income to $158 million, it made McGregor one of only four athletes in history to have earned more than $70 million off the field while still actively competing. McGregor also raked in $22 million for his sole fight of the past year, a knockout loss to Dustin Poirier in January.

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Ahead of ONE Championship's Atomweight World Grand Prix, Ritu "The Indian Tigress" Phogat has decided to step inside the Circle against American Bi "Killer Bee" Nguyen at ONE: Dangal on Saturday, May 15.

The Indian star is a member of one of the most famous families in her home country, and she is hoping to bring India to the forefront of martial arts. Thus far, her plan is going according to plan as she has kept a perfect professional record with dominant performance after dominant performance.

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