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 Oct. 5, 2003, at Pride Bushido 1 where famed kickboxer Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic took on professional wrestler Jose Alberto Rodriguez – A.K.A. Alberto Del Rio.

Even though Del Rio is a professional wrestler, he did have a legitimate amateur wrestling pedigree and five MMA bouts under his belt before this bout with Cro Cop. But when entered the Pride ring to compete with a mask on, you just had it know it wasn’t going it end well.

It took Cro Cop less than a minute to knock Del Rio out via his signature head kick.


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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.

  • farleydave3

    It was his destiny…