Hailed as the “greatest mixed martial artist of all time” by a number publications and analysts, Fedor Emelianenko remained undefeated for nearly a decade, with wins over five former UFC champions and five former K-1 champions.
His success and fame shot up when he dominated both RINGS and PRIDE tournaments in Japan. Although long sought by Dana White and MMA enthusiasts to come to the West, Emelianenko never stepped inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship octagon, but instead chose to compete in Affliction and Strikeforce.
Unfortunately, it was at the latter promotion wherein his winning streak ended as he suffered three brutal losses. Emelianenko would later bounce back by winning his next three fights before calling it quits in 2012.
Back in 2007, Emelianenko faced UFC campaigner Matt Lindland in BodogFIGHT: Clash of the Nations that took place in St. Petersburg, Russia. The fight was intriguing from the start as Lindland was able to cut open Emelianenko upper left eye. A quick takedown reversal allowed the Russian to take over the match that ended when he made Lindland tap to an armbar.
Aside from heavyweight titles in Japan and Russia, Emelianenko was also adjudged as 2000′s Fighter of the Decade and his thrilling PRIDE match against Mirko Filipovic was hailed Fight of the Decade.