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 March 27, 2004, where freakshow staple, Bob Sapp, took on future Kimbo killer, Seth Petruzelli, at K-1 World Grand Prix 2004 in Saitama, Japan.

A natural light heavyweight standing just 6’ tall, Petruzelli stepping into the ring with Sapp at a significant physical disadvantage; giving up over a hundred pounds in weight and five inches in height Petruzelli had no business whatsoever fighting Sapp.

But even though Petruzelli shouldn’t have been in the ring with Sapp, he was able to drop the big man with a stiff shot early in the first round. Then after a brief but brutal exchange, the fight ended with a freak arm injury to Petruzelli.

While this isn’t the greatest Freakshow Fight of all-time, it was spectacularly awful while it lasted.


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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.