For nearly a decade, “The Last Emperor,” Fedor Emelianenko, has reigned over the heavyweight division like an unstoppable monarch.
Before his shocking loss to Fabricio Werdum, Emelianenko maintained an unbeaten streak (aside from a controversial loss from a cut to Tsuyoshi Kosaka) for nine straight years.
The Russian defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2003 to win the PRIDE heavyweight championship, a title he held for three years and never technically lost.
As PRIDE champion, Emelianenko defeated notables such as Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko “Cro Cop,” and Mark Hunt before the organization folded in 2007.
Emelianenko was then signed to upstart promotion Affliction, proceeding to knock out former UFC champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski to win the WAMMA heavyweight title.
After the demise of Affliction, Emelianenko opted not to sign with the UFC and went to rival promotion Strikeforce instead. He had a difficult time in his victory over Brett Rogers and was submitted by Werdum.
One loss in nine years is an incredible feat considering the resume of top-ranked opponents Emelianenko has stepped into the ring with. They may not be considered top-ranked now, but they were before Emelianenko defeated them.