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.
By 2004, Fedor Emelianenko was the Pride Heavyweight Champion. He had defeated incredible MMA fights in Renato Sobral, Antonio Rodrio Nogueira, and Kazuyuki Fujita. He even defeated Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt. Fedor was well established as one of the best heavyweight MMA fighters in the world.
Kevin Randleman began his MMA career fighting in Brazil. In 1999 he moved to fight in the UFC and had a relatively volatile career there. He had wins against Pedro Rizzo, and Renato Sobral. He also had losses against Bas Rutten, Randy Couture, and Chuck Liddell. In 2002, Kevin Randleman moved over to Pride. He was building a name for himself with TKO and KO wins against Kenichi Yamamoto and Murilo Rua. However losses to Rampage Jackson and Kazushi Sakuraba side-tracked his career again.
2004 however was a huge year of Kevin Randleman. In April 2004, he KO’d Cro Cop at Pride Total Elimination 2004 in what was considered one of the biggest upset victories in Pride at the time. This KO completely de-railed Cro Cop’s aspirations to challenge Fedor’s Heavyweight Championship. This KO also de-railed the fight fan’s chance to see one of the most highly anticipated Pride Heavyweight match-ups in Fedor Emelianenko vs Cro Cop (which happened later in 2005). Given Kevin’s win, the heavyweight fight that made the most sense now was Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman was one of the quarter-final round fights in the Pride 2004 Heavyweight Grand Prix. This tournament featured incredible heavyweight fighters including Sergei Kharitonov, Semmy Schilt, Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, and Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic. The winner of Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman would face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Fedor Emelianenko vs Kevin Randleman
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