Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko an unstoppable Russian fighting machine, the best pound-for-pound fighter in MMA and on the entire planet Earth.
We shall begin with why Fedor is the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world and possibly the best of all time.
We will start with history, Fedor hasn’t lost a match (not including sambo) since 2000 and honestly most don’t even consider this a loss.
However on his record it’s a loss, the records are the records, even if it is a loss it wasn’t a decisive victory by Tsuyoshi Kohsaka.
He won via cut and a Japanese rule technicality not by way of knockout, T.K.O, submission, or even decision.
So with that said the only loss on his record wasn’t dominant or truly a defeat, which can’t be said about the rest of the fighters on this list’s losses (barring Machida being undefeated).
The man has never been knocked out or submitted by ANYONE in MMA. Many people like to bring up the argument that because he is not in the UFC, he’s never fought any real competition.
I will now list the so called “nobodies” he has fought and defeated from the beginning: Ricardo Arona-Decision (Unanimous), Renato "Babalu" Sobral-Decision (Unanimous), Heath Herring-TKO (Doctor Stoppage), Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Decision (Unanimous), Mark Coleman-Submission (Arm bar), Kevin Randleman-Submission (Kimura), 2nd time Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Decision (Unanimous), Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic)- Decision (Unanimous), 2nd time Mark Coleman-Submission (Arm bar), Matt Lindland- Submission (Arm bar), Tim Sylvia- Submission (Rear Naked Choke), Andrei Arlovski- KO (Punch). Now we will get to some info on the PRIDE itself and who his victories were over:
• Fact 1: All of the above fighters have fought for the UFC at one point other than Arona.
• Fact 2: 5 of these fighters are former UFC Heavyweight champions. (Arlovski, Sylvia, Nogueira, Randleman, and Coleman)
• Fact 3: His victories over Big Nog, Cro Cop, and Babalu in PRIDE were in their fighting primes.
• Fact 4: When he was fighting in Pride it was the top MMA fighting league by far, boasting fighters such as Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Antonio Nogueira, Mauricio Rua, Mirko Filipovic (CroCop), Quinton Jackson, and Anderson Silva.
PRIDE was clearly stacked during this time, no argument. So the whole Fedor “never being in a legitimate fighting league” is thrown right out the window after that.
Fedor himself is the best around MMA fighter; he has excellent takedowns with his sambo. And he can obviously submit fighters (most of his victories come from tap outs). The dude has 16 wins by submission.
He can strike and finish quite well. Don’t forget, he did knock out the best heavyweight striker in Arlovski, and his best quality has to be the man doesn’t know how to quit.
He just keeps going through cuts, bruises, spine breaking slams, and even fights through being knocked out.
Many people refer to him as “The Terminator” because Fedor just doesn’t stop ever in his fights or his training.
The best quote I ever heard about Fedor was when he was fighting Brett Rodgers. It was from my friend Ted, who had never saw a Fedor fight, not even a YouTube video of him.
The statement he made after the fight pretty much sums up how Emelianenko’s fights go:
“Man if Fedor was at the ATM machine and it denied him getting money that crazy Russian Mother F***ER would beat the machine until it gave him some money.”
Yeah, that’s basically how “The Last Emperor” rolls. But back to his credentials: he has fought wrestlers, jiu-jitsu black belts, strong kickers, strong strikers, every type of fighters over the years.
To even add to that, he’s fought guys much larger than him in weight and size, giving up almost 100 hundred pounds to Hong-man Choi.
Besides the fact the Choi is like a skyscraper among men. One must remember he’s also probably one of the lightest heavyweights in the game today.
To finish with the argument, he’s got 31 wins with one controversial loss. Come on, how cant he be the best pound for pound fighter, even GSP said he’s the best.
Fedor has been dominating MMA for years now and will most likely continue to do so for years to come.
“The Last Emperor” should go down in the history books as the greatest MMA fighter of all time.