We are doing something special this week. We are doing the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T) week. Each day this week, a different staff member will present their argument why a certain fighter is the greatest MMA fighter of all time. Five different writers arguing for five different fighters.
Why Fedor Emelianenko Is the Greatest Fighter of All-Time by Nick Portella:
Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko, in my opinion, is the greatest MMA fighter of all time. While the same names always pop up I intend to provide proof of this claim. Fedor started his professional career May 21, 2000, at Rings Russia, Russia vs. Bulgaria. He won that fight in the first round via guillotine choke. Over the next 17 years he racked up an amazing record of 36 wins 5 losses with 1 no contest.
The man has fought wars in the cage and ring. With wins over MMA titans such as Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Mark Hunt, Mirko Filipovic, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to name a few. Everyone regarded him as the best when he was in Pride and in the best promotion for heavyweights of the time. He has also fought for Rizin, Strikeforce Affliction, and several other. MMA was not as widespread in his prime so newer fans to MMA only witnessed the end of his career.
Let’s take a look at some career stats for The Last Emperor.
|RECORD||36-5-0 1 NC|
|SIGNIFICANT STRIKES LANDED PER MINUTE||3.18|
|SIGNIFICANT STRIKE ACCURACY||51%|
|SIGNIFICANT STRIKES ABSORBED PER MINUTE
|SIGNIFICANT STRIKE DEFENCE (% of strikes that did not land)
|AVG. TAKEDOWNS LANDED PER 15 MINUTES||2.00|
|TAKEDOWN DEFENCE (% of TD that did not land)||82%|
|AVERAGE SUBMISSION ATTEMPTS PER 15 MINUTES||1.9|
Very impressive stats compared to anyone who has ever stepped foot into the ring/cage. Fedor has out grappled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu prodigies and outstruck K-1 level kickboxers on his feet. He has also come back from the edge of defeat to win fights on several occasions.
So I have already shown how skilled he was, want some intangibles? He was undefeated for 10 years going 26-0-0-1 during that span. He won Grand Prix tournaments in both Pride FC and Rings. He won the Pride FC title and defended it three times. Was named fighter of the decade in 2010 by Sports Illustrated, MMAFighting, Fight Magazine, Bleacher Report, and other media outlets.
Lastly. several other MMA fighters think he is the best. Junior dos Sants, Fabricio Werdum, and Jose Aldo Jr. all have called Fedor the greatest fighter of All-Time.
I am confident that after reading all this and looking at the facts you will agree with me that Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is the (G.O.A.T.) greatest of all time.