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 Moosin: God of Martial Arts on May 21, 2010, where former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia took on five time World’s Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski.

In the ultimate battle of strength vs. sloppy, Pudzianowski was able to easily muscle Sylvia around the cage early, but he could never gain a truly dominant position. As soon as Sylvia was able to create some distance, it was obvious that Sylvia, while in terrible physical shape, was light years ahead of the strongman technically.

As the first round wore on it was clear that both men when tired, but Sylvia was consistently able to land big knees to Pudzianowski. The round came to a close with Sylvia in a dominant top position landing solid ground-and-pound.

The second round got underway with Pudzianowski pushing forward, but Sylvia again was finding a home for his knee strikes. After falling to the mat due to a combination of exhaustion and damage, it would only be a matter of time before Pudzianowski would meet his end.

Enjoy!

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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, SI.com, CBSSports.com and UFC.com. RJ is also a Petroleum Transportation Operations Manager during the day.