As with Silva, when you look at Fedor and his legacy, you'll have to take a look at who he's beaten. Is he just a glorified can crusher, or has he beaten some top guys too? Let's take a look.
Ricardo Arona: (14-5) Overall (8-4) PRIDE
If you haven't had a chance to see Ricardo Arona fight, open a tab and YouTube him. He holds victories over Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Alistair Overeem, and Jeremy Horn. Fedor was the first to defeat Arona.
Renato Sobral: (37-9) Overall (6-4) UFC
The Former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion has beaten the likes of both Chael Sonnen and Shogun Rua.
Semmy Schilt: (26-14-1) Overall record (1-1) UFC, (4-3) Pride
Many would argue that Semmy Schilt is perhaps the greatest stand-up fighter of all time. Sporting a 39-6 Kickboxing record and sporting wins against the best they have to offer would absolutely warrant that.
However, he was placed on Fedor's victim list in a 2002 Pride match that saw The Last Emperor take down the Kickboxing King.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: 33-7 Overall. (4-3) UFC, (17-3) in PRIDE
Holding a record of 19-1-1, Big Nog was considered by many the top heavyweight in the world. With a guard that could beat the best, Nog rolled through the likes of Dan Henderson, Semmy Schilt, Mark Coleman and Jeremy Horn.
Then, in what may have been the biggest Nos. 1 vs. 2 Heavyweight match in MMA, Fedor faced Nogueira with the PRIDE Heavyweight Championship on the line. In the first of three epic matches, the No. 2 Heavyweight of his time went 0-2 with one no-contest against Fedor.
Mark Coleman: (16-10) Overall (7-6) UFC (8-5) PRIDE
Mark Coleman is a man with many accomplishments. A UFC Hall of Famer, two-time UFC tournament winner and the very first UFC Heavyweight Champion, Coleman was a force. At 13-5 before facing Fedor, Coleman defeated top Heavyweight Igor Vovchanchyn, Dan Severn, and Don Frye.
Mark Hunt: (8-7) Overall, (3-1) UFC, (5-3) PRIDE
Who would've thought that this name would have been here a couple of years ago? Hunt is currently riding a three-fight UFC win streak, and Bleacher Report has him as the No. 8 Heavyweight in the world. At 30-13 in his kickboxing career, the heavy-hitting Samoan was 5-2 before getting defeated by Fedor, with wins against Mirco Cro Cop and Wanderlei Silva.
Tim Sylvia: (31-7) Overall, (9-4) UFC
Sylvia is a two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion. He is also tied with Randy Couture for most successful UFC Heavyweight Championship defenses. Sylvia has beaten current UFC vets in Ben Rothwell and Brandon Vera, as well as Andrei Arlovski and Paul Buentello.
Even Dana White, who'd been notorious for bashing Fedor, was quoted after the fight with Sylvia as saying, "It does (change my opinion). Tim Sylvia was a real opponent."
Kevin Randleman: (17-16) Overall, (4-3) UFC, (4-7) PRIDE
Don't let the record fool you. Randleman was one of the top Heavyweights of the class when he fought Fedor. Fresh off of a KO of Mirco Cro Cop, "The Monster" was 15-7 and held victories over Renato Sobral and Pedro Rizzo. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Randleman at the time was considered top-10 in heavyweights.
Mirco Filipovic: (27-10) Overall, (4-6) UFC, (18-3-2) PRIDE
Of all the dangerous Heavyweights, Cro Cop was the most feared stand-up heavyweight in the world. Left leg hospital, right leg cemetery rang true since 10 of his 20 KOs came via kicks. Cro Cop was on a seven-fight winning streak that claimed Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Josh Barnett and even Fedor's brother Alexander.
In the 2005 Fight of the Year, Cro Cop and Fedor went the distance in what was an instant classic. Fedor got rocked and stumbled, only to catch himself and bring the fight right back to Cro Cop. Definitely a fight worth YouTubing.
So how did all of Fedor's opponents fare in the UFC and PRIDE?
Combined Fedor faced 18 opponents who have fought in the UFC. Their combined UFC record is 82-49, which is a 62.5-percent record in the Octagon.
In the ring under PRIDE rules, Fedor has faced 14 fighters with a combined PRIDE record of 99-44, good for a 69.2 winning percentage.