Looking back at Fedor

Was Fedor the greatest of all time or was he just the greatest of his time? Is that a question that even needs to be answered? Times have changed but there is no denying his accomplishments during his career and there is no question the effect he has had on fandom of the sport of MMA. He never has really shown the love of the sport that guys like Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture have so I do believe that when he finally decides to walk away he will just walk away. It has had the feeling of an era coming to an end with a number of stories in the last year and Fedor retiring would fit right in with that . There are a lot of what if's that will be discussed in the near future and the M-1 Global angle will be beat to death but right now lets just look at what he has accomplished in his career.


One thing that always stood out to me when looking back at his early Rings fights was just how close we got to seeing Fedor vs Randy Couture a decade ago. His odd loss on a rules technicality to TK at that time was the only blemish on his record for a decade and he avenged that in 2005. Fedor's real coming out party was his domination of Heath Herring in 2002, looking back the fight loses a lot of the meaning it had then. Herring was a top guy that people were expecting to go on to challenge for the belt and Fedor came in and made a huge statement over him. Then he put a period on that statement by taking out Big Nog for that belt. Heavyweight has always been a weaker division but in Fedor's Pride run he beat everyone that they had to offer, good or bad, big or small he pretty much cleaned out his division. Fujita gave him a bit of a scare, Randleman darn near broke his neck and there were a number of fights that just weren't up to the level of competition that Fedor should of been facing but in a sport where everyone loses from time to time Fedor kept winning. Fedor vs Cro Cop in 2005 may of been that era's biggest fight, Cro Cop has lost his mystique but in 2005 there wasn't a bigger match up that could of been made. The only real question mark from that era was the Josh Barnett fight that never happened but there was no doubt that at the time Fedor was the man to beat.

After Pride we got the odd Matt Lindland fight that probably should of never happened, the fight with Hong Man Choi that was both fun to watch and utterly meaningless at the same time and the WAMMA belt fights that are very under-rated due to the paths the careers of his opponents took after those fights (and the fact that WAMMA was such a joke). Sure making fun of Tim Sylvia is a MMA past time and Arlovski has been shown to have a extremely fragile jaw but those were huge fights with two of the guys in the US who were on top at the same time that Fedor was on top in Japan. We may never get to see how Fedor would stack up against the new era of Heavyweights but his domination of Tim Sylvia and Andre Arlovski put to rest the fact that it wasn't just Pride that Fedor was top dog in he was the top heavyweight of his era period. It was after that that the cracks started to show.

 Brett Rogers was young and over-rated coming in to the Fedor fight, he was 10-0 with a big win over Arlovski but he was still just a prospect in this sport. Rogers is talented and hungry and he put up a good showing for himself in that fight. In the end Fedor came out on top as we all knew our hero would but it wasn't a one sided fight like you would expect from MMA's top dog fighting a prospect. The world crashed around fandom's ears when Fabricio Werdum did the unthinkable and beat Fedor. There should be no shame in being submitted by the best submission fighter in the entire heavyweight division but Fedor was an icon, an undefeatable hero to his fans and it was hard for people to accept. In a sport where everyone loses eventually Fedor finally lost. In interviews he seemed a bit relieved that the pressure of being such an icon was lifted but then Fedor never seemed to buy into his own hype the way fans and the people around him did.

What happened with Bigfoot seems that it might be a sign of the passing of the guard, the end of an era of MMA. Fedor never seemed to love the sport like other fighters have and at 34 years old he had already started talking about retirement. Lets face it the sport has changed and there comes a time where if you want to keep up you have to evolve and stay hungry, you can't take away from Fedor's past but you do have to wonder just how much he is wanting to be involved with the future. This may very well be the time for him to ride off into the sunset and in this very young sport Fedor can ride off with his head held high. In his time the Last Emperor truly was the king of MMA.

Here is his record (32-3-1) :

 Loss Antonio Silva TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Silva 2/12/2011 2 5:00
 Loss Fabricio Werdum Submission (Triangle Armbar) Strikeforce - Fedor vs. Werdum 6/26/2010 1 1:09
 Win Brett Rogers TKO (Punches) Strikeforce / M-1 Global - Fedor vs. Rogers 11/7/2009 2 1:48
 Win Andrei Arlovski KO (Punch) Affliction - Day of Reckoning 1/24/2009 1 3:14
 Win Tim Sylvia Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Affliction - Banned 7/19/2008 1 0:36
 Win Hong Man Choi Submission (Armbar) Yarennoka - New Years Eve 2007 12/31/2007 1 1:54
 Win Matt Lindland Submission (Armbar) Bodog Fight - Clash of the Nations 4/14/2007 1 2:58
 Win Mark Hunt Submission (Kimura) PRIDE - Shockwave 2006 12/31/2006 1 8:16
 Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE 32 - The Real Deal 10/21/2006 2 1:15
 Win Wagner da Conceicao Martins Submission (Punches) PRIDE - Shockwave 2005 12/31/2005 1 0:26
 Win Mirko Filipovic Decision (Unaminous) PRIDE - Final Conflict 2005 8/28/2005 3 5:00
 Win Tsuyoshi Kosaka TKO (Doctor Stoppage) PRIDE - Bushido 6 4/3/2005 1 10:00
 Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE - Shockwave 2004 12/31/2004 3 5:00
 NC Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira No Contest - Accidental Cut PRIDE - Final Conflict 2004 8/15/2004 1 3:52
 Win Naoya Ogawa Submission (Armbar) PRIDE - Final Conflict 2004 8/15/2004 1 0:54
 Win Kevin Randleman Submission (Kimura) PRIDE - Critical Countdown 2004 6/20/2004 1 1:33
 Win Mark Coleman Submission (Armbar) PRIDE - Total Elimination 2004 4/25/2004 1 2:11
 Win Yuji Nagata TKO (Punches) Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2003 - Inoki Festival 12/31/2003 1 1:02
 Win Gary Goodridge TKO (Soccer Kicks and Punches) PRIDE - Total Elimination 2003 8/10/2003 1 1:09
 Win Kazuyuki Fujita Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) PRIDE 26 - Bad to the Bone 6/8/2003 1 4:17
 Win Egidijus Valavicius Submission (Kimura) Bushido Rings 7: Adrenalinas 4/5/2003 2 1:13
 Win Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 25 - Body Blow 3/16/2003 3 5:00
 Win Heath Herring TKO (Doctor Stoppage) PRIDE 23 - Championship Chaos 2 11/24/2002 1 10:00
 Win Semmy Schilt Decision (Unanimous) PRIDE 21 - Demolition 6/23/2002 3 5:00
 Win Chris Haseman TKO (Punches) Rings - World Title Series Grand Final 2/15/2002 1 2:50
 Win Lee Hasdell Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rings - World Title Series 5 12/21/2001 1 4:10
 Win Ryushi Yanagisawa Decision (Unanimous) Rings - World Title Series 4 10/20/2001 3 5:00
 Win Renato Sobral Decision (Unanimous) Rings - 10th Anniversary 8/11/2001 2 5:00
 Win Kerry Schall Submission (Armbar) Rings - World Title Series 1 4/20/2001 1 1:47
 Win Mihail Apostolov Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rings Russia - Russia vs. Bulgaria 4/6/2001 1 1:03
 Loss Tsuyoshi Kosaka TKO (Doctor Stoppage) Rings - King of Kings 2000 Block B 12/22/2000 1 0:17
 Win Ricardo Arona Decision (Unanimous) Rings - King of Kings 2000 Block B 12/22/2000 3 5:00
 Win Hiroya Takada KO (Punches) Rings - Battle Genesis Vol. 6 9/5/2000 1 0:12
 Win Levon Lagvilava Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) Rings - Russia vs Georgia 8/16/2000 1 7:24
 Win Martin Lazarov Submission (Guillotine Choke) Rings Russia - Russia vs. Bulgaria 5/21/2000 1 2:24

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