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 Dynamite!! 2008 were middleweight knockout artist Melvin Manhoef took on heavyweight heavy hitter Mark Hunt.

On December 31, 2008 in front of 25,000 fans at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Manhoef did the impossible as he became the first fighter to ever knockout Hunt in MMA competition. What makes the knockout even more impressive is the fact that Hunt outweighed Manhoef by at least 70 pounds on fight night.

Heading into this bout, Hunt had taken power shots from Wanderlei Silva, Mirko Cro Cop, Fedor Emelianenko and some of the top K-1 kickboxers in the world, but none could take the Super Samoan out…no wonder they call Manhoef “No Mercy”.


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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.