The names Bob Sapp and Fedor Emelianenko are well know by MMA fans around the world. Sapp is known for his hulking physique and woefully unimpressive combat sports record. Emelianenko, on the other hand, is known for being one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.

Today while tolling around on YouTube I came across this amazing video; apparently in 2013 in Japan, “The Last Emperor” and “The Beast” threw down. Not in a cage or in a ring but instead on an arm wrestling podium.

What’s truly amazing about this video isn’t that Sapp beats Emelianenko; Sapp should win, he’s only five inches taller and about a hundred pounds heavier than the Russian legend. Sapp has always been a freak of nature as far as physical appearance goes. What is amazing is how long Emelianenko was able to hold Sapp to a stalemate before succumbing to the monster’s raw power.

It took Sapp just over 15 seconds to beat Emelianenko.

I’ve always had a great respect for Emelianenko — the man was undefeated for a decade. But at the same time, I’ve always questioned some of the competition he faced and I’ve always wondered about his true physical prowess. While the video doesn’t address his level of competition at all, it did shed some light on just how physically gifted Emelianenko truly was. Just looking at him you would never guess that he possessed that kind of physical power; no wonder why he was able to manhandle fighters they way he did.


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RJ Gardner
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RJ Gardner is a rabid sports fan and a long time MMA enthusiast. After watching UFC 1 at ripe old age of 11 RJ was hooked and his passion for the sport has continued to blossom over the years. RJ has been covering MMA since 2007 and has had work featured on Bleacher Report,, and RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.