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 travel back to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye in 2002 where freakshow mainstay Bob Sapp took on pro wrestler Yoshihiro Takayama in an epic battle of brute force.

The bout starts with Sapp exploding out of a three-point football stance and charging to meet Takayama in the center of the ring, where the two trade blows for a short amount of time before Sapp took the fight to the ground. From the top position, Sapp battered Takayama and eventually transition into side control where he pulled of an armbar…that’s right Bob Sapp won this fight via armbar.

No wonder Takayama never took another MMA fight; who loses to Bob Sapp via armbar?


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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.