Top 10 Fedor Emelianenko Fights You Must YouTube (with video)
Without question the greatest fighter the young sport of Mixed Martial Arts has yet to see, Fedor Emelianenko also happens to be one of the sport's most polarizing figures.
Fans either worship the ground on which he walks, or the see him as the biggest fraud in the history of the sport.
For me, Fedor is the greatest we've seen but that doesn't excuse his run against questionable competition since the fall of Pride. While I will never miss a fight and I respect his body of work it saddens me that his legacy will always be questioned because he has yet to compete in the UFC.
Rather than nitpick every move he has made in his career let's enjoy 10 of Fedor's most entertaining fights that can be found on YouTube.
10. Fedor vs. Zuluzinho, Pride Shockwave 2005
This is a perfect example of the type of fight that the Fedor detractors will use as ammunition.
Zuluzinho had no business whatsoever being in the cage with one of the best fighters in the world and Fedor had no trouble exposing him as the 400lb can he was.
While this fight really proved nothing, it is great watching Fedor annihilate this behemoth.
9. Fedor vs. Yuji Nagata, Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003
Yuji Nagata is one of the most decorated professional wrestlers in Japan but a mixed martial artist he is not and Fedor drove that point home when the two met on New Year's Eve 2003.
I almost feel bad for the guy because he had no business being in the ring with a beast like Fedor, but I did enjoy watching Fedor kick the ever loving crap out of him.
8. Fedor vs. Mark Coleman, Pride Total Elimination 2004
One of my personal favorites from the Fedor library is his first meeting with the Godfather of Ground and Pound, Mark Coleman.
Coleman was able to dictate where this fight took place, finding himself in several dominate positions but Fedor was able to keep his composure and as soon as Coleman made a mistake Fedor capitalized and ended the fight.
7. Fedor vs. Tim Sylvia, Affliction: Banned
While Tim Sylvia was never a beloved champion of the UFC he was a dominate force in the organization for a couple of years and Fedor made him look like nothing more than an amateur when the two met.
This fight was a total blow out and because I have never been a huge fan of Big Timmy I could watch this one over and over again.
6. Fedor vs. Hong-Man Choi, Yarennoka!
I have always been a sucker for the "Freak Show" fights the Japanese MMA promotions like to put on. Not exactly sure why I like them so much but this was far and away my favorite "Freak Show" fight of all time.
In only his second career MMA fight, 7'1" Techno Goliath Hong-Man Choi was thrown to the wolves against Fedor and I couldn't have been happier about it.
5. Fedor vs. Kevin Randleman, Pride Critical Countdown 2004
What I love about this fight is it really highlights Fedor's uncanny ability to remain calm and focus while being put into a precarious situation.
Early in this fight Fedor is dumped on his head by a beautifully executed freestyle wrestling throw and Fedor simply work to reverse his position and ends up submitting Randleman shortly thereafter.
4. Fedor vs. Andrei Arlovski, Affliction: Day of Reckoning
An important component to greatness is the ability to exploit and capitalize on the mistakes of your opponents and that is exactly what Fedor does.
Arlovski basically dictated the pace of this fight from the get go but as soon as he went for that ridiculous flying knee Fedor leveled him and ended the fight.
3. Fedor vs. Martin Lazarov, Rings—Russia vs. Bulgaria
While this video here is not of the highest quality, it is a video of Fedor's MMA debut in the Rings organization.
You'll notice that even though this is his first career fight Fedor is extremely composed when he is on the bottom. after a standup and another takedown attempt Fedor sinkS in a choke and a legend is born.
2. Fedor vs. Brett Rogers, Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers
Was Rogers really ready to compete with the likes of a Fedor Emelianenko? Probably not, but this fight is a very important moment in Fedor's career because not only was it his first fight in a cage, it was Fedor's coming out party to the casual North American fan base on live network television.
After a back and forth first round that saw Rogers do some pretty good damage on The Last Emperor, Fedor flexed his muscle and blasted Rogers with a beautiful Sambo casting punch ending the fight.
1. Fedor vs. Kazuyuki Fujita, Pride 26: Bad to the Bone
This is the fight that basically sums up what makes Fedor so great; much like a Timex watch Fedor takes a beating and keeps on ticking.
Fujita had Fedor noticeably wobbled when he caught him with a big right hook. Fedor immediately looked to clinch and regain his composure.
Once Fedor had recovered from the powerful shot he picked Fujita apart and sunk in a choke to end the fight.