In the great tradition of MMA, size does not matter, strength does not matter, only skill. The following are ten fights that put that tradition to the test.
In modern MMA, fights that include strange matchups are known as "Freak show" fights. This moniker may not be fair to the participants that genuinely compete and try to win, but is hard to call them anything else.
Whether you love them or hate them, you probably would never miss them. Here are the top ten "Freakshow" fights of all time.
When do you take an opponent named after a bean seriously?
When it is Eric Esch that's when. This gigantic man actually won many significant fights in all aspects of combat sports from Boxing to Sumo.
Butterbean took on Minowa in a surprisingly competitive effort. They should both be praised for the good sportsmanship and respect they displayed at the event's conclusion. Hey Brock are you reading this?
Unfortunately the video for this was removed by Zuffa. They are always supporting the little guy right?
Well thats ok because I have a better treat for you- Here is Minowa vs Kimo in a match that isn't owned by the UFC.
You are the best fighter in the world. You are going to star in the main event of the biggest MMA organization of the time. Naturally your opponent should be seven feet tall and weigh a thousand pounds right?
Well this is exactly what happened when Fedor Emelianenko was forced to fight Zuluzhino who was undefeated at a whopping 1-0.
This was more like a pointless beating than an actual MMA event.
What happens when an unstoppable force meets and unmovable object?
This is the freak show that almost ended the life of Antonio Nogueira. With one vicious suplex from the gigantic Bob Sapp, these men began a battle that would become one of the greatest freak shows ever.
Early in Bob Sapp's career, he was considered a terrifying opponent. It wasn't until his true fighting skills and ability were revealed that this fight became considered a freak show at all.
It is, in fact, amazing that Nogueira survived much less won this battle. This fight simply must be seen by any avid MMA fan.
While Emmanual Yarborough vs Miley Cyrus might be an entertaining fight for some, it was not to be on the eve of UFC 3.
Keith Hackney, the rough and tumble member of Duran Duran, faced off against the six hundred pound Yarborough that evening. Standing five foot - ten inches tall, Hackney became part of history as the fighter to participate in the most mismatched MMA battle ever.
Yarborough was primarily a Sumo wrestler and it showed. He at one point even defeated the great Akebono, showing he had some sort of fight experience.
Unfortunately, the sort of combat found in the UFC did not resemble the calm, serene, and ritualistic Sumo at all. Emmanual quickly discovered this when he faced the relatively tiny Hackney.
It is a shame that this fight cannot be shown. Zuffa owns the rights to it and has refused to allow it here. Therefore lets watch as yet again, Joe Son, gets hit repeatedly in his blanks. Hopefully it won't be pulled by Zuffa to fill some holiday ball-bashing Christmas dvd: