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 the K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! on Dec. 31, 2003, where Genki Sudo took on Eric “Butterbean” Esch.

At 5’9 and approximately 160 pounds, Sudo gave up more than 250 pounds to Butterbean. It was obvious from the start that Sudo wanted nothing to do with Butterbean size wise. The smaller man was happy to run around the ring, frustrating Butterbean with his antics.

At the end of round one, Sudo was able to take the fight to the ground, putting Butterbean on his back. As time was winding down Sudo dove on a heel hook, but could not force the tap.

The second round opened up in similar fashion with Sudo looking to move and frustrate Butterbean. But he almost got caught with a big punch when he jumped in with a kick. After running around the ring a few times, Sudo again jumped in, but this time Butterbean caught him and took him to the ground. Sudo was able to scrabble on the bottom and ending up catching the big man with a nasty heel hook.


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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.