Top 10 Fedor Emelianenko Victories

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Top 10 Fedor Emelianenko Victories

Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Andrei Arlovski. Courtesy of Sherdog.com

Fedor Emelianenko is widely considered to be the greatest heavyweight MMA fighter in the history of the sport. Best known for his exploits as the PRIDE Heavyweight Champion, Emelianenko has tangled with the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, and Andrei Arlovski throughout his storied career.

But which were the Russian Sambo expert's greatest fights? Which were the wins that will live on in history? Check out our top 10 Fedor Emelianenko Victories by following the links below.

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Top Fedor Emelianenko Fight of All-Time

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HM: Fedor Emelianenko defeats Ricardo Arona by unanimous decision in 2000.

Okay, here's the thing. At the time of this fight, both Arona, an outstanding Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner with a win over Jeremy Horn, and Emelianenko were relative newbies in the sport. Emelianenko was 3-0 coming in, while Arona was 2-0. And sure, Arona was smaller than Fedor, as he would eventually end up a 205 pounder, while Fedor has fought the majority of his career as a true heavyweight. But beating Arona, now that we know the stellar fighter he eventually became, was noteworthy so early in his career. Hence, this fight deserves honorable mention status.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Ricardo Arona by unanimous decision at Rings King of Kings 2000 Block B.

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HM: Fedor Emelianenko defeats Renato "Babalu" Sobral by unanimous decision

Sobral, another smaller but very adept Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner, was controlled by Fedor in this 2001 bout. Rings rules made it hard for Emelianenko to stop his counterpart on the ground. Still, it was highly impressive early win for the Russian.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Renato "Babalu" Sobral by unanimous decision at Rings- 10th Anniversary.

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10. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Heath Herring by TKO after round one at PRIDE 23

Herring is a very good fighter that always seemed to fall just short while fighting in PRIDE. However, beating him was often very important to moving up the ladder. And when Emelianenko was able to do it in convincing fashion, well, it lead to a shot at the PRIDE heavyweight title against the legendary Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Thus, this fight holds some historical significance.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Heath Herring by TKO (doctor's stoppage) after round one at PRIDE 23.

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9. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Kevin Randleman by Kimura

Ever see anyone get deposited on their head by a takedown? It can be a pretty scary thing. Well, that's exactly what former UFC champion Kevin Randleman did early in his fight against Emelianenko. How did Fedor counter the devastating move?

How about by simply transitioning to a kimura? It was in this fight that people became even more acutely aware of something that Fedor would eventually become known for- an ability to stay calm in the most pressure-filled of situations.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Kevin Randleman at PRIDE: Critical Countdown 2004 by kimura at 1:33 of round 1.

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8. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Brett Rogers by TKO at 1:48 of round two

Brett Rogers was a very big man coming off of a dynamite knockout victory over former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski. In round one, he showed significant power and striking skills in bloodying Fedor's nose. Truth was, the first round was anything but easy for Emelianenko.

Then came one rocket right hand in the second round and things changed in a heartbeat. It was Emelianenko's first Strikeforce bout, which meant a lot of people were watching. And it was a dynamite fight ending blow against an up and comer.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Brett Rogers by TKO at 1:48 of round two at Strikeforce /M-1 Global Fedor vs. Rogers.

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7. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Mark Coleman by armbar at 2:11 of round one

Coming into his match against Fedor, Mark Coleman had won seven of his last eight fights. People were thinking that maybe, just maybe, his wrestling skills would be too much for Emelianenko. Early on, Coleman managed a takedown. But then came the armbar.

Defeating an MMA legend like Coleman was a big deal. But he was doing things like that so often, it just didn't seem like it.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Mark Coleman by armbar at 2:11 of round one at PRIDE: Total Elimination 2004.

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6. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Tsuyoshi Kosaka by TKO at PRIDE Bushido 6

To this point, Emelianenko's only loss had come to Tsuyoshi Kosaka after the Japanese fighter had struck him with an illegal elbow on the ground at a Rings event, opening up a cut that ended the fight. Though Kosaka seemed as if he had Fedor in trouble for a moment on his feet in their rematch at PRIDE: Bushido 6, that trouble was short-lived. Due to the fact that this win helped Fedor avenge his only loss, this fight sits deservedly at number 6 on our list.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Tsuyoshi Kosaka by TKO at PRIDE: Bushido 6 after round one (doctor's stoppage).

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5. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski by KO at 3:14 of round one

Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Andrei Arlovski.
Fedor Emelianenko knocks out Andrei Arlovski. Courtesy of Sherdog.com

Against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, Fedor once again proved that he was never out of a fight. Simply put, Arlovski, utilizing much improved boxing skills, was taking Emelianenko to school. For a brief moment, it was looking as if he might just have Fedor's number. That's when he tried the flying knee, which allowed Fedor to connect with that stellar right hand of his.

And that was all she wrote. By defeating Arlovski, Fedor, in essence, proved that he had been the best heavyweight in the world during his tenure in PRIDE. After all, the UFC heavyweight champs of the majority of that time period- Tim Sylvia, Arlovski- had fallen to him.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Andrei Arlovski by KO at 3:14 of round one at Affliction: Day of Reckoning.

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4. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Tim Sylvia by rear naked choke

Fedor hadn't really fought anyone of significance in a long while when he stepped into the ring against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at Affliction: Banned. People wondered aloud if the Emelianenko train was simply all hype.

As soon as the fight started, the two combatants clinched up, where Fedor landed consecutive lefts, followed by a flurry that floored Sylvia. Moments later, Emelianenko had sunk in the rear naked choke.

This fight furthered the legend that was Emelianenko in a big way. He had finally proven himself against a worthy and current high level heavyweight from America.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Tim Sylvia by rear naked choke after 36 seconds in round one at Afflication: Banned.

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3. Fedor defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by decision at Shockwave

A former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion
A former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion. Courtesy of Wikipedia

When Fedor defeated Nogueira the first time, it represented the falling of a legend. But then came their rematch at PRIDE: Final Conflict 2004, a fight in which Emelianenko was seemingly losing before an accidental headbutt ended the night prematurely. Therefore, at PRIDE: Shockwave 2004, these two squared off for the third and likely final time.

Just as Emelianenko had done in their first match, he dominated via ground and pound. Sure, Nogueira was a legend; but Emelianenko's legend was undoubtedly greater after their third tussle. This was the fight that said Emelianenko was the best heavyweight of the PRIDE era. Thus, its inclusion so high on the list.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by unanimous decision at PRIDE Shockwave 2004

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2. Fedor defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by unanimous decision at PRIDE 25

One of the best submission fighters of all-time.
One of the best submission fighters of all-time. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

was the PRIDE Heavyweight Champion when these two first threw down at PRIDE 25 back in March of 2003. In fact, Nogueira brought a 19-1-1 overall MMA record into their bout and had just defeated Bob Sapp, Semmy Schilt, and

Dan Henderson

in succession. Pretty much everyone thought that he would defeat Emelianenko.

Well, they were wrong.

With an explosiveness that few had ever seen, Fedor simply took Nogueira down at will, sometimes literally flinging him to the canvas. And even when Nogueira slapped submissions on his adversary, Fedor just powered out of them. The ground and pound he dished out was severe all night long.

In the end, this was Fedor's coming out party. Everyone knew that he was someone to be reckoned with after this bout. Thus, it represents the second biggest win of his MMA career.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira by unanimous decision at PRIDE 25.

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1. Fedor Emelianenko defeats Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic by unanimous decision

Cro Cop talking after a UFC match
Cro Cop talking after a UFC match. Courtesy of Sherdog.com

In sum, this was one of the most hyped heavyweight bouts of all-time. Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, a destroyer with a list of head kick knockouts as long as a novel, had just fallen short on several occasions. But most believed he had a chance against Fedor if he could keep the fight standing. Fedor had never gone against a striker the likes of Cro Cop, and that captured the attention of the masses.

In this match up of all-time greats, we found out that Emelianenko was hardly just a ground and pound phenom. Along with this, he beat Cro Cop at the game his adversary had become known for- striking- by crowding him and forcing the striking inside. In the end, this was a huge fight for the sport, not just Fedor. But like many of his other fights, there was a clear victor. And due to the anticipation, its meaning to the sport of MMA, and the legendary status of both competitors, this fight represents Fedor's greatest victory.

Fedor Emelianenko defeats Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic by unanimous decision at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005.