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IS MMA BIG ENOUGH FOR 2 RUSSIAN KINGS

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Every country, every era has “their” G.O.A.T.S. For a long long time “The Last Emperor”FEDOR EMELIANENKO has been it in the heavyweight division. He’s run rough shot cutting through legends of the game like a hot knife through butter for 18 + years. You can’t describe that in one word; but two words fit perfectly. “Ridiculously Insane”. Through that time he’s only had 1 rough patch; dropping his last 3 Strikeforce fights (submitted by Werdum, and TKO’d by BigFoot Silva and Hendo). He’s now on the verge of capturing another title; the vacant Bellator Heavyweight Championship. Two wins away from what if you asked him a couple of years ago would be deemed highly unlikely. He was retired and much like fellow Russian Icon; SLAVA FETISOV; working on a political career.

Religion is held to a high standard in Russia and Fedor is a devout, Orthodox Christian. From the other side of the country; “The Eagle”KAHBIB NURMAGOMEDOV has the same devotion to religion. He however is a Sunni Muslim. Some of these two great athletes attributes come from love of religion. Khabib is a dozen years Fedor’s junior; yet there are so many similarities. While Khabib can chirp and zing however when prodded, Fedor’s like the blueprint of the stoic old school Russian.

Khabib; now finally the undisputed lightweight champ in the UFC has no shortage of guys that want their crack at him. Especially since that division might very well be the deepest and best from every MMA organization. Out of Nurmagomedov’s 26 consecutive wins, 10 have been in the UFC. He’s arguably one of the best ever in taking people down and controlling them. He has though started to use his hands more. The far majority of Fedor’s wins come in a ring; not a cage. The size of a ring, the ropes vs the steel of a cage definitely helped in his style. Plus like every fighter knows, the only thing truly undefeated is time; and Emelianenko’s time left is definitely on the short side. Both fighters have faced opponents willing to do anything for victory. Steroid use was rampant in the Pride days for Fedor’s prime. There are plenty of guys now still playing cat and mouse games that Khabib has to deal with.

If Fedor can pull this off, and Khabib’s able to hold onto his strap; will this be the dawning of another era of Russian dominance in MMA, and sports as a whole? It’s very possible, but we shall see.

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