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Slome
20-05-2010, 17:44
Fedor Emelianenko Ė His Career and His Place in MMA History

Fedor Emelianenko is likely one of the most divisive and talked-about figures in the young sport of mixed martial arts. Hailed as the greatest Heavyweight ever by some, denounced as a fraud by others, itís hard to ever find any middle ground on Fedor, and frankly the debate has become more than tiresome.
Fedor is the No. 1 ranked Heavyweight according to just about every ranking and website with any credibility and has been so for years on end.

When talking about the Heavyweight division in MMA, I think it is very important to understand there is a very stark divide in the evolution of MMA Heavyweights; the MMA Heavyweight division definitely transformed in 2006.

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From the late 1990s to 2005, the Heavyweight division was shallow and only had a handful of truly skilled fighters that were firmly divided between two promotions.
In the UFC the Heavyweight belt changed hands constantly, 13 times in seven years. The UFC had the inside track for American-born fighters like Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Tim Syliva.

Meanwhile in Japan, a talented group of Heavyweights from around the world battled in PRIDE. And while equally talentedóif more top heavyóthan the UFC, the PRIDE belt stayed firmly in the hands of Fedor since he won it in 2003 to its disbanding in 2007.
Fedor did not face the stiff competition fight-to-fight in his career. Often the PRIDE division was shallow. In between super fights Fedor would fight a Gary Goodridge.

While Gary Goodridge holds one of my all-time favorite KOs, he isnít a quality win. But that KO was greatÖ letís take a minute to watch that again.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eey26rLkOjo&feature=player_embedded
Oh yeah, that hurtsÖ

Back to the point, while Fedor unquestionably has a padded record, besides Randy Couture and Josh Barnett there isnít a Heavyweight that was relevant before 2005 that Fedor hasnít beaten.
Fedor has dispatched Mark Coleman twice, Nogueira twice, Mirko Cro Cop, Kevin Randleman, Fujita, Heath Herring, Tim Sylvia, and Andrei Arlovski.

Now many will claim that many of these fighters were well past their prime and faded when Fedor fought them, but Fedor has been fighting since 2000 and has not experienced a similar fading.
Now we come to that 2006 divide, the evolution of the Heavyweight division. This is when we see the professional debuts of Junior Dos Santos, Shane Carwin, and Cain Velasquez, the return of Frank Mir to MMA, followed shortly by Brock Lesnar in 2007.

http://cdn1.sbnation.com/imported_assets/307357/fedorpress.jpg

This new generation of Heavyweights, exclusively in the UFC, is reinventing the division. With a greater focus on athleticism and skill, the older Heavyweights are quickly being passed by.
Fedor has proved to have some staying power as he gets older because of his outstanding grappling. Many MMA fans who have gotten sucked in by Fedorís recent string of big right hands have forgotten that while Fedor has heavy hands, his bread and butter is in grappling.

Fedor is a standout student of both Judo and Sambo and many of his most memorable wins have come via submission.

But this new crop of Heavyweights brings a different level of ability, and I feel itís almost impossible to argue that Velasquez and Dos Santos donít have the tools to become a more complete and better fighter than Fedor ever was.

I think Fedor is a great fighter, but much of the debate that swirls around him now frequently involves comparing him to current UFC Heavyweight contenders, and of course the UFC Champion, and Fedorís ranking above them.

While I do feel now that Fedorís high-level skill in grappling and his total accomplishment in the sport warrants a No. 1 ranking, I think Fedorís true era has passed. I think itís entirely possible that either Velasquez or Dos Santos finishes the year as the No. 1 Heavyweight in MMA.
And even if that does happen it cannot take away from Fedorís dominance up until 2005. Fedor will go down as an all-time great in the sport, but Fedorís dethroning has been brewing since 2006 and a new kind of MMA fighter has been growing at Heavyweight.

By Tom Grant

a.s.c.
20-05-2010, 17:59
BS.. ik denk dat mensen zich teveel laten meeslepen in de UFC hype-machine. Hebben we het over dezelfde Cain, die Cheick Kongo niet kon stoppen ondanks vele goede uitgangsposities? en Cigano (ongetwijfeld een talent) die op Gonzaga na echt nog niet zoveel grote namen heeft verslagen? Ze brengen het leuk.. maar ik denk dat zowel Ali O. als Fedor al deze mannen zou slopen.. zeker als ze dit jaar nog zouden vechten. Brock Lesnar is groot maar dat is ook zijn enige voordeel ten opzichte van Fedor. IMO zouden ze een andere gewichtsklasse moeten maken voor die enorme gasten.

iconian
20-05-2010, 18:09
shit artikel

wrestler_nl
20-05-2010, 22:51
1ste foto van fedor is epic.

klapband
20-05-2010, 22:56
Vaag artikel, diegene die bovenstaand artikel geschreven heeft moet nodig alle gevechten kijken van fedor (sinds een paar weken te vinden op usenet, alle volledige gevechten)