Freak Show Or Another Cross Over Star; The Worlds Strongest Man

Greg ParfittCorrespondent IDecember 17, 2009

CHENGDU, CHINA - OCTOBER 6: (CHINA OUT) Mariusz Zbigniew of Poland, celebrates after he won the 'Squat' event of the 2005 World's Strongest Man Competition on October 6, 2005 in Chengdu of Sichuan Province, southwest China. The final of the competition will be held on October 7 in Chengdu. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)
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Just read an update on Sherdog about the current Wolds Strongest Man's next opponent in MMA. For those that don't know Mariusz Pudzianowski made his MMA debut week destroying Marcin Najmin in a few minutes. 

According to translation from a Polish newspaper by middleEasy.com there are reports of an approach from M-1 global about a possible fight with Aleks Emelianenko. This would seem a huge step up in opponent class for the Strongman. Pudzianowski does have some MMA training and has reportedly trained in Karate since a young age and has been training boxing for a few years. The unknown question is whether this is a serious transition to MMA or just a side event for the Polish star to make money and cash in on his star status in his homeland.

The big question for me is what does this mean for MMA in the bigger picture. We are increasingly seeing more and more cross-over stars attempting to forge MMA careers. Some I accept have been successful (Brock Lesnar, Bobby Lashley) others not so much, Jose Conseco springs to mind and I am sure there are many more. I guess we just need to decide if its ok to just accept that the odd freakshow style fights are going to happen and move on. Or if these stars from other sports who are moving to MMA could have potential harmful effects on the growing legitimacy of MMA as a recognized sport by the mainstream.

Love to know your thoughts on this?