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 July 17, 2005 for Pride Bushido 8 where Kimo Leopoldo squared off against the much smaller Ikuhisa Minowa.

Standing at just 5’9” and weighing less than 200 pounds, Minowa was at a significant size disadvantage. Leopoldo was an absolute monster by comparison; standing 6’2” tall and weighing in at 250 pounds. But once again, Minowa, “The Giant Killer”, proved to the world that fearlessness and superior technique can level any playing field.

Minowa took the center of the ring and Leopoldo immediately looked to take the fight to the ground. But once on the ground, Leopoldo was simply outclassed by the more active and technically savvy Minowa. Before Leopoldo could establish a dominant position, Minowa was able to get a reversal and secure a nasty submission.


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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.