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 Dec. 31, 2008, at Fields Dynamite!! 2008 in Saitama, Japan, where Bob Sapp took on Kinniku Mantaro.

By now, everyone knows that Bob Sapp is without question, the king of “Freakshow Fights”. Anytime Sapp fights, it’s nothing more than a sideshow. But this fight was extremely “Freakshow” in that Sapp took on a fictional character from Japanese Anime in Kinniku Mantaro. Only in Japan can you he a behemoth of a man take on a fictional character.

The role of Kinniku Mantaro was filled by amateur wrestler Akihito Tanaka who wore a shiny superhero costume that included a lucha libre style mask.

Sapp may not be known as a great fighter but he proved to be too much for a cartoon character to handle.

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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.