By: R Eric Ellison
I’m starting a series that will (hopefully) aim to offer insight on the legitimacy or bullshittery (take that, Webster!) of fighters often deemed “Legends”. Many of today’s waning MMA competetors are given the title, but who is there to check whether or not they deserve it? I’ll tell you who, me. Once you put down the Ruzzle (18 points), come and take a walk with me as I enter into the first installment of my new segment; Legend or Hype?
I went over several fighters for this first edition, as many names easily surface when talking about masters of MMA. In many cases, major organizations like the UFC will pad a fighter; build them up as they would say in the Biz. Essentially, fluff their numbers in the hopes that the individual actually does something worth a shit, which equals dollars for Dana. Sounds like a horrible charity, Dollars for Dana. Anyhow, one fighter stuck out above the rest almost because he never really had a giant machine behind him. If anything, I think his “machine” probably kept him from fighting in the UFC. Unfortunatly and apparantly, if you never fight in the UFC even once, you never fought at all. Welcome, my dear sweet friends, to Fedor Emelianenko.
I have come up with a relatively easy set of steps I take each potential Legend through, awarding them up to five points in each category. The categories are simple: win/loss ratio, average unbeaten streak, caliber of opposition, frequency of fights, and noteworthy accomplishments. So any fighter can earn up to 25 points, with a minimum of about 15 points needed to really be considered seriously. This method, which is essentially a slimmed down version of my amazingly vast and inappropriate possession of every bit of MMA information out there, should give us a rather honest perspective on the fighters we all love (to hate). Plus, it voids personality/popularity influence, which is an ever growing problem thanks to Dana White’s hobby of star building.
So without any more useless words and phrases, here is Fedor Emelianenko put to the test against arguably the world’s greatest method of deciphering traits of “A Legend”. If nothing else, it will have fun sentences and math. Everyone loves a good word problem.
Win/Loss: 35-4-1 (from 2000-2012)