MMA has come a long way since its inception; it has grown from being a gritty toughman-esq competition that just wanted to find out what martial arts style was the best, into a true sporting event and martial art all its own. MMA today looks nothing like it did in the early days and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to reminisce about the good ole’ days.

The one part of MMA we truly miss in its modern form is the “Freakshow Fight”. For those of you who don’t know, a “Freakshow Fight” is a fight that pits two fighters against each other that have no business fighting; generally there is a crazy size difference between the fighters.

So in honor of our love for “Freakshow Fights”, we at The MMA Corner will share our favorite videos of our favorite fights that had no business ever taking place.

This week we go back in time to May 26, 2009, where 6’5” 340 pound Bob “The Beast” Sapp took on 5’9” 190 pound Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa in the first round of DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament at DREAM 9.

Minowa is famous for being the David in some of the greatest Japanese David vs. Goliath matchups in MMA history. Minowa is known for his fearlessness in MMA competition and his willingness to fight anyone no matter the size difference.

In this bout, Minowa did what he did best by getting his much larger opponent to the ground where he was able to slap on a submission before Sapp had an opportunity to unload with some violent ground-and-pound.


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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.