Here’s one for the record books: Bob Sapp beat Fedor Emelianenko.
Well, sort of. The clown jester of MMA overpowered the arguably the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time in an arm wrestling match in Japan. The event was part of a 17-man celebrity arm wrestling contest, featuring Sapp, Emelianenko, Alistair Overeem, Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto, Mark Hunt and Kevin Randleman. See the video below:
Sapp is a physically impressive looking man, but he never materialized as much of an MMA fighter. Sapp has an MMA record of 11-17, and has lost 13 of his last 14 fights. The humongous 350-pounder looks more the past than he actually is inside the ropes or cage. In recent years, he has grown a reputation as a quitter, for seemingly folding up and quitting after even soft punches from his opponents.
Despite his MMA record, Sapp has emerged as a celebrity in Japan, scoring movie, television and commercial roles.
Fedor Emelianenko went 10 years without a loss and was widely regarded as the best mixed martial artist of all time. The former PRIDE champion never fought in the UFC because his promotional company M1-Global and UFC President Dana White could never get make a deal. Fedor was a smaller heavyweight, who was known for his sambo-style fighting, and who could submit and knock out men much bigger than him.
Emelianenko finally lost three times while in Strikeforce, before ending his career with three wins before retiring.