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Should The UFC Induct Fedor Emelianenko Into The Hall Of Fame?

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Fedor Emelianenko 2nd from right. Photo via Getty images.

Should Fedor Emelianenko be in the UFC Hall of Fame?

Sure, it sounds like a ludicrous question, considering that Fedor never fought in the UFC. But if the UFC is truly the undisputed king of MMA, the company should consider including the greatest MMA fighters of all-time, even if they never fought for the company directly.

The UFC already owns the entire PRIDE library, where Fedor has his greatest run. Inducting Fedor into the HOF certainly wouldn’t boost any other competing MMA promotion and putting Fedor in the HOF might also give fans another reason to buy the UFC network, which gives viewers access to an entire fight library from past to present.

If the UFC were to induct Fedor, the company could more easily promote his matches as part of the UFC network library and also introduce those new to MMA the roots of the sport, thereby solidifying fan interest beyond the usual hype.

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Fedor was undefeated from 2001 to 2009. He beat former UFC greats during that time, including Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic, Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Tim Sylvia, Heath Herring and Matt Lindland.

Fedor is regarded as one of, if not the greatest mixed martial artist of all-time by many critics and observers. He was never the biggest dog in the fight, but he used his grappling and sambo to overpower his opponents.

Emelianenko also won the 2004 Pride Grand Prix, among other awards.

Fedor never fought in the UFC because UFC President Dana White and Fedor’s management company M-1 Global were never able to reach a deal. M-1 Global reportedly wanted more money than the UFC was willing to pay (yes, huge surprise there) and also more direct control in the promotion of the fighter, which again is another luxury the UFC is notorious for denying it’s contracted fighters.

Photo via Vigilante MMA
Photo via Vigilante MMA

The UFC had pushed for a dream match against Brock Lesnar, but the contractual disputes never allowed this fight to take place.

Since White was unsuccessful at signing Emelianenko, he trashed him in public and downgraded the Russian’s accomplishments.  (Again, another classic play by the massive fight promotions company.) A move that was likely used to ensure the UFC’s image remained untainted as only having the “best of the best” fighters on it’s rosters.

Emeleianenko’s stock fell after he was defeated three times in Strikeforce by Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson. But Emelianenko had gone nearly a decade without a loss before those defeats.

He finished his career with three victories against lesser opponents to retire with a record of 34-4.

To this day many MMA fans still regard Fedor as one of the all time greats and the UFC only stands to gain good will and additional credibility if it considers burying the hatchet, making a deal with Fedor and inducting him into the HOF.

Does it make any sense to let past grudges exclude Fedor from a hall of MMA fighters that are (by many accounts) undisputedly the best of the best of all time?

Photo by Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCE
Photo by Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCE

Ultimately, SciFighting believe’s it’s the fans who should pick their favorites.  So let your voices be heard.  Should the UFC acknowledge Fedor’s accomplishments and induct “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko into the Hall of Fame?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • tavares

    no way should fedor be inducted into the hall of fame, there are more deserving fighters like frank shamrock which have fought in the ufc that should be inducted before fedor.

    • Frank has a great record and his pro fights date back further than Fedor, but Fedor honestly has an even more impressive record. No disrespect to Frank, he is a legend as well and did fight in the UFC since the very beginning but those were different times. It’s hard to say who is more deserving if all things were equal. Also they are in totally different weight classes. I’d say both have their own merits for being there. 🙂

  • JitsuOne

    He should absolutely be in the UFC hall of fame. Favorite fighter of all time due to being a class act before, during, and after a fight as well as having phenomenal technique in striking and submissions. His record speaks for itself.

    • “a class act before, during, and after a fight”, that alone deserves mention. And repetition. Especially for the new breed of fighters we have today!

      • jufhjfhf

        yea the new breeders are boring and weak and are scared to get hit lolol…..ufc fighters = garbage

  • It’s a good article but the answer is no. I understand he thought in Pride and SF which UFC purchased but he never thought on an official UFC card. I’m a massive FE fan but it’s just not going to happen.

    • jufhjfhf

      not in the ufc ? who cares ufc fighters are weak and boring ……look at them all …they look like jokes…..

  • Phlthy Rich

    I think that if the ufc is gonna buy the rights to all of these mma promotions than they have a responsibility to the sport. They bought a bunch of companies so those fighters should be recognized. Or just fuck the ufc and there should be an mma hall of fame. Maybe thats the real issue. You shouldnt have to fight in the ufc to get recognized. Especially because alot of the ufcs greatests and even some current top contenders are from other promotions.

  • jufhjfhf

    yes ,because fedor is the GOAT …..ufc fighters are pretty weak, compared to the pride days of brutal all out fighting…ufc fighters went to pride and got punched out….I remember when pride offered cro cop to go fight their number 1 guy and the ufc said no…..because they knew back in their prime days ufc had no chance…..so to you ufc nut huggers on here just shhh…..