Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko, Strikeforce Fedor vs Werdum, 26 June 2010
Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko is a historic MMA fight. Fedor comes into this fight with an undefeated record in his 10 years of fighting. An absolute machine when it comes to systematically taking down and taking apart each and every one of his opponents. The former Pride Heavyweight Champion has defeated MMA legends in Matt Lindland, Mark Hunt, CroCop, Mark Coleman, and Andrei Arlovski. Lets also not forget his incredible trilogy fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Fight I, Fight II, Fight III). The king of MMA has finally come to the USA and we are treated to watching him fight against one of the greatest BJJ grapplers.
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Fedor vs Nogueira III, Pride Shockwave 2004, 31 December 2004
Fedor vs Nogueira II ended in a no contest due to an accidental headbutt. Both fans and fighters were hugely disappointed. Fedor vs Nogueira III picks up immediately four months later from where we left off. The 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix Championship is on the line as well as the Pride Heavyweight Championship title. This is the third fight in what is considered one of Pride’s best MMA trilogy rivalries.
Fedor vs Nogueira II, Pride Final Conflict 2004, 15 August 2004
Fedor vs Nogueira II at Pride Final Conflict 2004 was the highly anticipated rematch between Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. It is also the second fight in the Fedor vs Nogueira trilogy.
The first fight happened in March 2003 with Fedor Emelianenko upsetting the reigning Pride Heavyweight Champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Fedor at the time was new to the Pride stage and Pride fans knew him only from his win against Heath Herring. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was the dominant champion and had proved himself with wins against Gary Goodridge, Mark Coleman, Heath Herring and Dan Henderson. The result of the battle was Fedor winning the Pride Heavyweight Championship. This is the rematch between the two greatest Pride Heavyweights of the time.
Fedor vs Nogueira I, Pride 25, 16 March 2003
Fedor vs Nogueira is one of the best trilogy rivalries in Pride and one of the best rivalries in MMA. In three separate posts, we will be bringing these three fights to fight fans around the world.
Fedor vs Nogueira at Pride 25 is the first of an epic trilogy rivalry between two of the best heavyweights in Pride. This match-up was the most highly anticipated fight at the time. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was the current Pride Heavyweight Champion and Fedor Emelianenko was the fast rising MMA superstar. What made this fight amazing was the performance of the underdog rising above the expectations of fight fans and fight critics. Fedor vs Noueira was also a phenomenal match-up in styles. Nogueira, a master of triangles and armbars wanted the fight to go to the ground. However this plan would play directly into Fedor’s dangerous ground and pound. It was almost as if both fighters were competing against each other with the strongest tools they possessed.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman, Pride Critical Countdown 2004, 20 June 2004
This fight Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman is a fight that lasts less than 2:30. This is the fight where Kevin Randleman executes one of the most beauty belly to back suplexes we have ever seen. This suplex could have very well re-organized Fedors spine. Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman is required knowledge for hardcore MMA fans around the world.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, Pride Final Conflict 2005, 28 August 2005
Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop, a legendary fight between two gods of the sport. This fight won the Sports Illustrated 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the Yahoo Sports 2000s Fight of the Decade award, the MMAFighting 2005 Fight of the Year award, and the Fightmatrix.com 2005 Most Noteworthy Match of the Year award.
In 2005, Fedor Emelianenko was the Pride Heavyweight Champion. He defeated Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in 2003 to claim the title. Fedor’s dominance of the Rings and Pride Heavyweight divisions paired with his cold and stoic expression earned him cage names such as the Machine, the Russian Experiment, the Last Emperor. MMA legends like Renato Sobral, Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, all fell to this Russian master. Most of them were defeated in the first round by TKO or submission.