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 Hero’s 5 on May 3, 2006 where MMA pioneer Don Frye took on former sumo champion Akebono Taro.

Standing 6’8” tall, Akebono towered over the 6’1” tall Frye. But in his traditional fashion, Frye took the center of the ring and began to throw heavy leather.

Akebono ate some shots, but he closed the distance and pushed Frye into the corner. Frye continued to land short shots even though he was carrying Akebono’s massive frame. After a lull in action, the referee broke them up and restarted the action.

On the restart, Akebono again pressed forward forcing Frye into the corner. With his back to the corner, Frye still managed to land the majority of the strikes; including some body strikes where Frye’s hand literally disappeared into Akebono’s body. As the first round came to an end both men were visibly tired; Akebono because of his massive size and Frye because he had to carry Akebono’s weight for the majority of the bout.

The second round was very similar to the first, but Frye was landing bigger shots with more frequency eventually dropping Akebono. As soon as Akebono hit the ground, Frye pounced; landing some furious ground-and-pound before ultimately locking in a guillotine choke.


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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.