When it comes to the heavyweight division of mixed martial arts, no one is as revered as Fedor Emelianenko. Born in 1976 in the city of Rubizhne, Luhansk Oblast, Ukranian SSR, Soviet Union, the legendary Emelianenko is an outstanding mixed martial artist who has won many championships and awards in numerous sports, most notably in MMA, Combat Sambo and Judo. For more than a decade, “The Last Emperor” entertained and impressed millions of fight fans around the world with his incredible level of skill in every aspect of MMA.
Today, Evolve Daily takes a look at the 5 Reasons Why Fedor Emelianenko Is The Greatest Heavyweight In MMA History:
1) He has beaten some of the best in the game
To be the best, you have to beat the best; Fedor Emelianenko has defeated some of the greatest fighters in the history of MMA. These include former UFC Champions Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski, incumbent Pride FC Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogeuira, former K-1 Champions Mark Hunt, Semmy Schilt and Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic, and more.
2) He is a phenomenal martial artist and athlete
It takes a very special martial artist and athlete to do what Emelianenko has done in the sport of MMA. Emelianenko is a 1st Razryad Grand Master in Sambo and a black belt and International Master of Sport in Judo. Before his transition into MMA, he was also a four-time gold medalist in the +100kg division at the Combat Sambo World Championships.
And with wins over the likes of K-1 champions Mark Hunt, Semmy Schilt and Mirko “Cro-Cop” Filipovic, it’s safe to say that Emelianenko is a world-class striker as well.
3) His accolades are unprecedented
After having won countless championships and awards over the years, Emelianenko’s accolades in MMA are unparalleled. He has won multiple Submission/Beatdown of the Year awards, Knockout of the Year awards, Heavyweight of the Year awards, Fighter of the Year awards and Fight of the Decade awards. On top of all these, Emelianenko was the last PRIDE World Heavyweight Champion, PRIDE 2004 Heavyweight World Grand Prix Champion, RINGS Champion and Tournament winner, WAMMA Champion, and more.
4) He went undefeated for almost a decade
From December 22, 2000 to June 26, 2010, Emelianenko went undefeated for 28 fights. In that time, he beat four former UFC Champions, a Pride FC Champion, three K-1 Champions, two former Olympic medalists, and 11 top-10 ranked fighters in the world. Emelianenko was also able to avenge his controversial loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka during this unbeaten streak.
No other fighter in history has been able to remain undefeated for as long as he has and at the level that he was; which is why Emelianenko is the longest reigning #1 pound for pound fighter in MMA history.
5) He is regarded as the greatest by other greats
Over the years, legends like Muhammad Ali have shown; greatness is defined not only by a fighter’s ability in the ring or cage, but by the impact that fighter has made and the people he or she has influenced. And with other combat sport greats like Mike Tyson and current and former UFC Champions such as Junior Dos Santos, Frabricio Werdum and Jose Aldo calling Emelianenko the “greatest mixed martial artist of all time”; there’s certainly no denying “The Last Emperor’s” right to be called the greatest heavyweight fighter in history
There may never be another heavyweight fighter as dominant and skilled as the great Fedor Emelianenko. But fans will have the chance to see him back in action as he makes his long-awaited return to the sport on New Year’s Eve under the brand new promotion, Rizin Fighting Federation in Japan.