The Question: Can Fedor Be Beaten?

Brighton MorrisContributor IJuly 30, 2009

NEW YORK - JANUARY 20:  Fedor Vladimirovich Emelianenko, heavyweight mixed martial artist and current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts heavyweight champion rings the NASDAQ opening bell at NASDAQ in Times Square on January 20, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

Hardcore MMA fans have known him for years. UFC fans did not know he existed until Dana White began running his mouth as only Dana can. I am speaking of course of Fedor Emelianenko.

Arguably the most dominant champion across all weight classes and all promotions; few fighters in the sport today, if any, can boast a list of accomplishments as long as "The Last Emperor's."

He has defeated a who's who of heavyweight fighters, many of whom are legends in their own right. He has tasted defeat just once in his professional career, due to an obscure rule regarding cuts in a RINGS tournament.

This raises an interesting question. Can he be beaten? Many will say that he is human, so yes, he can be beaten. I disagree. I do not see Fedor losing again for the rest of his career.

He beat Nogueira. Twice. When "Big Nog" was still in his prime. He beat Cro Cop. He beat Randleman. He beat Coleman twice. He beat Sylvia and Arlovski.

The list of fighters willing to try and tear down his mantle of invincibility is quite long, but do any of them actually have the ability to do it?

Frank Mir has expressed interest in fighting Fedor. Sadly, once Mir beat a sick Nogueira he seemed to think he could beat anyone. We all saw where that confidence got him with Lesnar.

Randy Couture has wanted to fight Fedor for quite some time. In his prime, I believe he was the only one with a chance of defeating Fedor. Now, I think Fedor would tear Randy apart.

Fedor vs Brock Lesnar seems to be the fight everyone wants to see now, myself included. But for me, it would be just another Fedor fight. Lesnar brings nothing to the table Fedor has not already seen. Fedor has beaten far better wrestlers than Lesnar, he has beaten bigger men than Lesnar, and he has beaten stronger men than Lesnar.

Lesnar is indeed an incredible physical specimen, however, in the fight game, he does many things adequately, but excels at nothing other than being a freak of nature. His submission game, both offense and defense, is non-existent. For such a large man, he seems to lack knockout power.

This is the man you want to throw in against the No. 1 fighter in the world? He beat an old Heath Herring in a unanimous decision. Fedor beat a Heath Herring in his prime so badly the doctors stopped the fight after the first round.

Lesnar beat Couture. Couture had not fought in over a year.

Lesnar beat Mir. Mir spends the majority of his time talking himself up and getting himself hurt.

I'm sorry. I just don't see Fedor losing anytime before his career ends, and I certainly do not think Brock Lesnar will be the one to do it.