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 New Year’s Eve of 2004 for K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!! at the Osaka Dome in Osaka, Japan. In the main event of the evening, UFC legend Royce Gracie took on sumo legend Akebono Taro.

Akebono is famous for being the first non-Japanese born sumo wrestler to ever reach yokozuna, the highest rank in sumo. Gracie, on the other hand, is famous for being the man who brought Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to the masses by becoming the first ever UFC tournament champion.

What’s amazing about this fight isn’t the fact that Gracie wins, because his legend was built by defeating much larger men, it’s amazing because of how Gracie beats the giant.

Midway through the first round with Akebono in his guard Gracie slapped on the elusive omoplata shoulder lock.


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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.