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 Aug. 28, 2002, at Pride Shockwave where future freakshow mainstay Bob Sapp took on established heavyweight icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

In many ways this is the fight that made Nogueira a legend and started Sapp down the path of being more spectacle than substance.

After being slammed directly on his head by the then 350-pound, Sapp, and pummeled by him for much of the first round – a long 10 minute Pride first round – Nogueira looked like he had been mauled by a bear. But in the second round, Sapp began to fade fast while Nogueira continued to keep pace. After securing a reversal and some ground-and-pound, Nogueira took advantage of the exhausted behemoth and slapped on an armbar to finish the fight.


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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.