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 Feb. 23, 2013, where freakshow staple, Bob Sapp, took on Chinese giant, Taishan Dong, at IGF GENOME 24 in Tokyo, Japan.

Standing in at 7’ tall, Dong is a mountain of a man – no wonder he took the ring name of Taishan, a mountain of the same name. Early in the first round, Dong floored the beast with a vicious punch; knocking Sapp out in just over 90 seconds.

The win was so impressive that Dong was approached by boxing promoters and persuaded to take up the sport of boxing.

Not only did this fight launch the boxing career of Dong, it effectively ended the fighting career of Sapp who has competed just twice since.


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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.