Before last night Fedor Emelianenko was a dominating freak of nature with devastating punching power, heralded submission skills, and a propensity to cut.
Last night, we learn he's a dominating freak of nature with devastating punching power, heralded submission skills, and a propensity to cut.
So, what exactly did we learn last night to contradict what we already knew about "The Last Emperor"?
So in short, we learned nothing new that could expose Fedor.
That doesn't mean I'm not going to sit here however, and insult Brett Rogers by saying this was just another fight to build Fedor's mystique either though.
“The Last Emperor” wasn't totally dominant like he has been in the past, even in spite of the atomic bomb he turned out the lights with in the second round.
Brett Rogers came through the fire last night, and proved he belongs among the best in the division.
When the chips were down, and the level of competition was turned up to 11, he showed up in the best shape of his life, exhibited he had a gameplan, showcased his maligned ground game, stuffing all of his opponents submission attempts, including two complex head and arm choke attempts.
He shot a vale tudo style palm strike through Fedor's guard early in the fight that busted his nose and hindered his breathing. and throughout the fight he had Fedor in compromising situations.
However even with all that he had in his favor, a broken nose, the cage experience advantage, the size difference, and his mammoth reach. The “Invincible” Fedor Emelianenko still melted him with one of the greatest knockout punches in MMA history.
Perhaps I missed something last night, but all I saw was the P4P greatest fighter ever defeat a hungry up-and-coming heavyweight with everything to prove.
It was Thomas Edison that summed up Fedor's run best when he said: "The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary."
Fedor has never mentally checked out of a fight, he's never sleep walked through, and got caught, like so many before him . He dominates because more than anyone else in the history of our sport, he takes each challenge individually, and never gives his opponents the mental advantage.
As long as he keeps that edge, he truly maybe "Invincible".