It's an insult to your own intellect to consider anybody else. If you wear crowning the baddest man on the planet, you would look no further than this man. If you don't agree just listen to Dana White, about a month ago.
"You can just tell when you see this guy -- I will tell you, he's a bad motherf***er. You can just tell by looking at him."He's been considered one of the best in the world for a long time," White said of Fedor. "I'd put him in there against whoever's the top guy at that time. I'd put him in against whoever the top guy is. ... There's a lot of possibilities for Fedor."
Fedor's game is near flawless, 1 punch KO power, good chin, solid cardio, impressive submission skill, solid ability to pass.
It's tough to find many negatives.
The point of contention is a bout held in a RINGS Grand Prix early in his career against Tsuyoshi "TK" Kohsaka, the bout lased less than 20 seconds when a straight left from "TK" misses wide, Fedor steps forward, TK's elbow instinctively recoils catching Fedor right on the eye.
The fight was stopped as the doctors couldn't stop the bleeding, and correctly deduced he would have been unable to see out of it even if they could.
They would rematch in Pride fittingly it was also stopped due to a cut, this time in Fedor's direction.
What's often overlooked in this discussion is the fact had Fedor advanced in the tournament, he would have met 5 time UFC champion Randy Couture, a bout I think we all would have like to have seen.
30-1-0 KWs: Renato Sobral, Ricardo Arona, Semmy Schilt, Heah Herring, Tsuyoshi Kohsaka, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira(x2), Mark Coleman(x2), Kevin Randleman, Mark Hunt, Mirko Filipovic, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Alovski, KLs: Tsuyoshi Kohsaka