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 November 17, 2013 for Legend 4 in Kumamoto, Japan where monster of a man Bob Sapp took on cruiserweight boxing champion Yosuke Nishijima in a kickboxing bout.

Even though Nishijima was 40 years old at the time and was at a significant height and weight disadvantage, Sapp proved once again that size really doesn’t matter.

NIshijima dropped Sapp with a vicious body shot. Once Sapp got back to his feet Nishijima sealed the deal with more body shots and a couple of solid right hooks for good measure.

This is just another reason why Sapp is considered by many to be the king of “Freakshow Fights.”


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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.