MMA has come a long way since its inception; it has grown from being a gritty toughman-style 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 December 31, 2003 where Japanese MMA legend Genki Sudo took on Toughman extraordinaire Eric “Butterbean” Esch at K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!!

Standing 5’9” tall, Sudo only gave up about two inches in height to the massive American brawler, but he was at a substantial weight disadvantage. Butterbean stepped into the ring with a 200+ pound weight advantage.

Sudo did the smart thing by staying on the outside and attacking with low kicks early. He also did a great job incorporating his dance moves into his movements. Butterbean was frustrated by the smaller man and he simply couldn’t catch him.

This gets really entertaining about half way through the first round as it ends in spectacular fashion.


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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.