Five Fights That Fedor Emelianenko Must Take Before He Retires
In the MMA community, Fedor Emelianenko is considered the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of all-time.
At first, I was skeptical about all the hype surrounding this guy, but he made me a believer in the last year-and-a-half.
From his utter destruction of former UFC Heavyweight, Andrei Arlovski, to the lunging right cross that took down Strikeforce's Brett Rogers, The Last Emperor is the real deal.
As rumors circulate about his potential departure from the sport, there are four fights (in no particular order) that should serve as this man's farewell tour in order to cement his legacy.
This slide was a recent update due to last nights events. Obviously, the first fight that Fedor would need to have prior to retirement would be a rematch with the first man ever to beat him. I have no doubt that unlike their first match up, Emelianeko would have the ultimate motivation to avenge the loss.
Out of the four fantasy fights on my list, this one is actually going to happen.
Current Strike Force champ Alistair Overeem is back with a vengeance and looking to defend his title against Fedor.
After witnessing the way he tossed around Brett Rogers in his most recent fight, it should make for a solid match-up both in the stand up and ground games.
I know that earlier I said the list is in no particular order, but just for the sake of father time, Fedor's next opponent after Overeem needs to be Randy Couture.
While I love Randy, the man is nearly 50 and there is no telling how much longer he will actually fight.
With his skills on the decline, it would only make sense from a monetary and skill-wise standpoint to get this dream match to happen ASAP.
Simply because I think that this fight would be incredible and break all sorts of records.
A fight against The Spider would be one of the greatest tests that either fighter will ever have in their respective careers.
Of course, the fight would need to be fought at some kind of catch weight, maybe around 215 or so? It's not unreasonable to think that Fedor can't drop about 15 to 20 pounds, and on the flip side, Anderson probably walks around at about 215 anyway.
For obvious reasons, Fedor would have to face the man-beast they call Brock Lesnar.
He is the leader of the new crop of heavyweights that are faster, stronger, and more athletic than at any other time in MMA.
Regardless of whether Brock's the champ at the time, this fight needs to happen.