Call Another MMA Legacy by The Name of Fedor Emelianenko

Call Another MMA Legacy by The Name of Fedor EmelianenkoAnother legend for MMA is Fedor Emelianenko, that is, without any more debates. His place on MMA history is now well-figured out. Until his final fight, people were thinking where to place Emelianenko as compared to other MMA stars. Across all wild opinions, keyboard sparring, and answers from several MMA fans, Emelianenko should be fairly remembered as the best MMA fighter during his time.

Legendary athletes from sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, and football can be comparable to Emelianenko’s contribution to MMA. Historians of UFC are comparing Emelianenko’s achievement with Johnny Unitas, who was known to be the greatest football quarterback during his time. His records in NFL were undoubtedly incomparable to other quarterback. His timeless achievements even included Lombardi Trophy, Pro Bowl for 10 times, and NFL MVP for 3 times. He is regarded and respected by many players in the 1950s and 1960s. None of Unitas achievements were taken away from him. For most enthusiasts in his field, Unitas totally earned all the MVP awards. Football was supported by many and increased its fame due to his contributions.

Like Unitas, the same goes for Emelianenko. Some people would disagree but his record shows otherwise. He is the best MMA heavyweight champion from 2003–2008. The record he holds is 31–1 within a span of 10 years. Most of his accomplishments are well-remembered by many MMA fans and if compared with the present MMA fighters, he is still at level with their achievements in this field.

This said, Emelianenko persists to be the best in his time as the MMA player. Several decades from now, he will be remembered like Unitas. Fighting the defense record of Anderson Silva was never easy. This achievement is fairly obvious for Emelianenko being the best heavyweight fighter in MMA. 

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  1. LordOfWu says:

    I can’t agree, by never fighting the top fighters in the UFC his legacy is left with a big question mark. Had he fought Randy, Mir, or Lesnar then it might have been different. He fought Silvia and Arlovski after they had already fallen from the top ranks and out of UFC. I think he missed the chance to be the greatest, and it’s truly unfortunate.

  2. @ LordofWu, I see your point but I don’t think that him not fighting in the UFC should hurt his legacy. It is unfortunate that he did not fight in the UFC. I would have loved to have seen him in the UFC but unfortunately it did not happen. There have been many great fighters that have, for one reason or another never fought in the UFC and that should not tarnish their legacy neither. I also agree with you on Sylvia and Arlovski falling from the top ranks but at that point I beleive that Fedor did as well. Although he looked good against them, he was slipping as well. Age catches up to everyone and it affects everyone differently at different ages. Some can start to lose it earlier than others. Fedor did not suffer his losses because he was not a good fighter. He lost his fights at the end because he was declining due to age and because most of the opponents were much bigger than him. It is hard to over-come size differences, which is what Mir experienced agains Brock and Carwin. Mir is a million times more skilled than Brock but Brock was just to powerful and strong for him. Even if Fedor had signed with the UFC at the end, it would not have been the “true” Fedor because his decline had started, and I would agree with you that he would mostly likely not have beaten those guys. I think that if you put Fedor in his prime against Randy, Mir, or Lesnar in their primes, Fedor wins. We can agree to disagree on some of this but you cannot disgree with his run there, for about 10 years. Just lilke Wand…he killed everyone for a stretch of time yet he lost in the UFC before he hit his prime and after his prime. Should these loses hurt his Pride legacy? I don’t think so.

    • Very well spoken Rudy.Fedor and Wand have always been my favorite and my wifes favorite also. We have enjoyed watching them over the years and will miss seeing them. Make way for the new! Every body gets old,even MMA fighters.

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