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. 23, 2001, at the Marine Messe Fukuoka in Fukuoka, Japan, where legendary Dutch kickboxer Semmy Schilt took on professional wrestler Yoshihiro Takayama in the main event at Pride 18: Cold Fury 2.

This is a great example of what made Pride Fighting Championship equal parts glorious and awful; Takayama had no business whatsoever being in the ring with a fighter of Schilt’s caliber. At that point in his career, Schilt was an accomplished MMA knockout artist with over 30 pro bouts under his belt; Takayama came in with one, a submission loss to Kazuyuki Fujita.

You have to take your hat off to Takayama because he was not afraid to take the center of the ring and wing punches. But his lack of technique and defense was exposed and after eating multiple vicious shots, Takayama was out.


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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.