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The aura of being the world's top pound-for-pound fighter evaporated when Fedor Emelianenko dropped three straight fights in Strikeforce.
But losses to top-tier opponents Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson didn't do much to tarnish the legacy of "The Last Emperor."
Before his first legitimate loss, Emelianenko essentially went unbeaten for over nine years, going 32-1 with a no-contest.
Emelianenko's first loss was a controversial TKO due to a cut from an elbow from Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, a setback he later avenged with ease.
A master in both sambo and judo, Emelianenko floored and submitted opponents at will in his brilliant career. In 40 scraps, Emelianenko pulled of 16 submissions, six by armbar alone.
An equally lethal striker, The Last Emperor not only won 11 fights via knockout, he also roughed up eight foes in entertaining decision wins.
Defensively, Emelianenko was a nightmare for opponents because he was so difficult to knock out, submit or control.
From an offensive prospective, Emelianenko thrived off unpredictability. No one ever knew how they'd lose to him, but until Werdum, not many expected to best Emelianenko.