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 its 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”, it’s a fight that pits two fighters against each other that have no business fighting; generally their 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.

On June 24, 1998 at Pride 3, at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, Emmanuel Yarborough took on Daiju Takase.

Takase weighed in at 169 pounds while Yarborough tipped the scales at a whopping 600 poundyou read that right600 pounds.

Yarborough was a former amature sumo champion and the Guinness World Record holder for being the world’s largest athlete. Takase on the other hand was making his MMA debut.

You could have taken three Takases and they still would not weigh as much as Yarborough did heading into that fight.

You would think that shooting in on the legs of Yarborough would be the last thing someone would ever do, but you would be wrong as that is exactly what Takase attempted to do.

Luckily for him, Yarborough did not land directly on him, because if he had, Takase would not be here today.


About The Author

RJ Gardner
Content Coordinator

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.