Heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko will always be seen as one of the greatest fighters to ever grace the ring. However, in the opinions of many his success comes with an asterisk due to the fact Emelianenko never showcased his skills inside the Octagon. Though “The Last Emperor” isn’t likely to come off the sidelines and erase any doubt, he at least has one avid enthusiast attempting to live up to his example in the form of UFC bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
An icon herself, Rousey recently participated in a chat with fans on Facebook where she revealed how highly she respected the retired Russian.
“My favorite fighter to watch ever I would say is Fedor Emelianenko. He’s always going to be my favorite,” said Rousey. “It was the first highlight reel I ever saw of MMA. I loved his style and how he came from a Judo-Sambo background, and I really try to emulate his style every time that I fight.”
One characteristic Rousey and Emelianenko certainly share pertains to their submission prowess. Nearly half of Emelianenko’s 34 wins came from tapping his opponents out including six by way of Armbar, Rousey’s patented finish.