Former UFC referee and current Bellator pundit John McCarthy believe that when it comes to heavyweight MMA, there’s nobody better than Russia’s Fedor Emelianenko.
At one time ‘The Last Emperor’ was enjoying a nine-year 28-fight unbeaten streak throughout the 2000s, dominating his adversaries thanks to his unprecedented Sambo skills.
“As far as heavyweights, the guy has accomplished more than any other heavyweight, ever,” McCarthy told Sky Sports.
“Obviously he’s older now. He’s 42, almost 43 years old. He’s changing, he’s slowing down because it was always speed. Speed was what made Fedor who he was. It was hard to deal with his speed. Heavyweights had to work harder to keep up with the speed he brought to a fight. Then he also had great technique.
“So Fedor no matter what. People can argue all they want. He is the greatest heavyweight there has ever been in the sport of MMA. Will there be someone who passes him? Yeah! That’s what life’s about! That’s why champions come and go.”
“You’re looking at Khabib Nurmagomedov is at 28-0 right now, and everybody is like, ‘Oh my God’. Fedor went longer thank Khabib really with an undefeated record. He’s just been spectacular in the way he’s represented the sport, the way he fights.
“He comes out looking like he’s going to fall asleep, and then he turns it on, he’s explosive, and then just turns it right back up, raises his hand, and walks back out, gives a little smile. He’s a great representative for the sport of MMA.”