Fedor Emelianenko vs Hong Man Choi Yarennoka
MMA living legend Fedor Emelianenko “The Last Emperor” takes on the man-mountain that is Hong Man Choi in this all-time classic story of David versus Goliath. Going on just their size alone, who should win? If you were not at all familiar with either of these fighters you might be inclined to think the Choi is the obvious favourite.
Going into the fight Emelianenko gave up dome 130 lbs in weight to Choi who dwarfed the heavyweight. However, it is Fedor who is the hot favourite, with the bookies making the Russian Sambo world champion odds on to win in the first round. Choi may very well not be a Fedor’s level in terms of his skillset. But with such a huge disparity in weight, people should not be so quick to write off the giant Korean.
The fight took place at the Yarrenoka New Years Eve show back in 2007. And while this was only Choi’s second fight in MMA, it was the thirtieth fight in the career of Emelianenko. With so much experience and such an exemplary record in the competition, could the Korean big man pull off a big upset? Let’s take a closer look at this David vs Goliath Matchup in yet another Fedor Emelianenko classic.
Fedor Attempts A Submission Finish
With a huge discrepancy in the size of both men. Fedor started the fight by trying to trip the bigger Choi to get him to the mat. But as the Korean is such a huge man, Emelianenko consistently ended up on the bottom, as Choi tried to rain down punches from the top.
With his superior speed, as Fedor escapes, he manages to get off several clean shots on Choi. Then once again tried to shoot in, but once again ends up on the bottom. This time Choi is doing some significant holding. But Emelianenko being the Wiley fighter that he is, manages to get hold of his opponent’s arm. And fully entending his body, which just bout covers Choi’s arm. He finally manages to sink in an armbar to take the fight.
Another win for Fedor who previous to this had lost only once in his entire career. A great display of skill and perseverance form the Russian Sambo specialist against a much bigger opponent.