Back to the red corner today for our BE’s BADDEST Tournament Series to figure out what is the single Greatest MMA Fight Of All Time — that one to watch before the world ends. Today we have the #3 seed, Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson, battling it out with the #6 ranked, Fedor Emelianenko vs. Kevin Randleman.
In yesterday’s tournament matchup, the blue corner saw #2 Mark Hunt vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva 1 throw down with #7 Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Royce Gracie 1. By a score of 21-votes to 16, Hunt vs. Bigfoot 1 gets the win and will now move on to face #1 Don Frye vs. Yoshihiro Takayama in the next round of the tournament.
For today’s matchup, we’ve got a UFC lightweight slugfest taking on 93-seconds of PRIDE heavyweight chaos.
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson is a thriller that took place at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale on July 7, 2017. Gaethje got ahead on the strike count early in the fight, but Johnson put him on skates by the end of the opening round. Then, things got even more crazy in the second stanza! Johnson hurt Gaethje again, but when he was unable to get the finish, Gaethje rallied with a series of knees, punches, and pressure to win his UFC debut in style.
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Kevin Randleman became permanently embedded in our brains at Pride Critical Countdown 2004, June 20th of that year. Two of the world’s best heavyweights wasted no time getting things started. That legendary slam from Randleman! That miraculous recovery and reversal from Fedor! That Kimura finish! All of this in just 93-seconds.
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