Fedor Emelianenko was recently featured on the latest episode of Sports Science. The show airs on Fox Sports and focuses on analyzing scientific data gathered from some of sports biggest mysteries, to help shed some light on why certain things happen the way they do.
Fedor was dubbed “the greatest choke out master in MMA history” by show host, John Brenkus, in the opening moments of the segment, and the focus of the show was to analyze three separate questions about the choke out.
Question # 1: How many pounds of pressure can Fedor apply during a rear naked choke?
A life size dummy was brought out to play the role of the victim to “The Last Emperor”. The dummy was rigged up with “force sensors” in the neck to determine the exact amount of pressure being applied during the choke hold. The data transmitted through these “force sensors” was relayed to a computer where it could be further analyzed.
Fedor placed the dummy in a rear naked choke position, and when the WAMMA Heavyweight Champion was given the green light, he squeezed with all of his force, causing the plastic head of the dummy to disfigure in a grotesque position. He held the choke for a full ten seconds while all of the necessary information was gathered by the computer.
Ultimately, it was determined that Emelianenko’s choke produced an astonishing 500 pounds of force, a level he reached just a couple of seconds in and maintained for the duration of the rear naked choke. The amount of force displayed by the Russian heavyweight was found to be the exact amount of force that could be produced by an Alaskan Brown Bear during a ten second constriction.
The deadly implications of a 500 pound choke out were also brought to light on the show. If Fedor applied that same exact choke to a human being for ten seconds it would be fatal. It only takes about 150 pounds of force to crush the trachea, 500 pounds of force would absolutely cause damage that there would be no recovery for.
Answer: 500 pounds
Question # 2: Who’s choke is the most vicious? Fedor, or a Burmese Python?
A Burmese Python was brought onto the show to help determine where Fedor’s choke ranks when compared to one of the most savage stranglers in the animal kingdom.
A dead rat was latched onto the dummy’s neck so that the python would clasp to it and wrap itself around it’s victim’s neck. After ten seconds of gathering information it was determined that the python had peaked out at 40 pounds. Fedor’s choke is over twelve times more powerful.
Question # 3: How little force does it take to choke someone out?
For this demonstration, show host John Brenkus stepped in to fill the role of the dummy. Brenkus was hooked up with sensors designed to monitor his heart rate and oxygen saturation while being strangled by “the greatest choke out master in MMA history”.
As Brenkus assumed the position of the rear naked choke recipient between Fedor’s legs, his heart rate jumped up to 136,which is about double that of a normal heart rate. Just before the choke was applied his heart rate sky rocketed to 174, and peaked out at 180, which is right when the show host lost consciousness.
The oxygen to Brenkus’ brain was decreased by 15%. A decrease of 20% or more will induce a coma or death. Luckily for him, Emelianenko only used 40 pounds of force during the choke. Just enough to pass Brenkus out in about three seconds.
As the host of Sports Science regathered his consciousness in between the legendary heavyweight’s legs, Fedor whispered to him, “Everything okay? Do you like it?”.
Answer: 40 pounds will do the job in about three seconds