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Classic Fight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Mirko Cro Cop @ Pride Final Conflict 2005

As Reddit/MMA reminds us, today is the seventh anniversary of Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic‘s meeting at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, an instant classic that still ranks among the greatest heavyweight fights in MMA history. Emelianenko had already held the PRIDE heavyweight title for two-and-a-half years by the time he made his belt defense against Cro Cop, and entered the match with a PRIDE record of 10-0 with one no-contest. Meanwhile, Cro Cop had earned his shot at Fedor on the strength of a seven-fight PRIDE win streak that included victories over Alexander Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Kevin Randleman, and Mark Coleman.

Though both fighters would later complain that they came into the fight less than 100% healthy, Emelianenko and Filipovic put on a thrilling war for the entirety of the three-round, 20-minute fight. Cro Cop started strong, breaking Fedor’s nose with punches and punishing him with kicks to the body, but Fedor regained momentum as Cro Cop’s cardio began to fade, slugging his way to a unanimous decision victory. It was Emelianenko’s toughest fight to that point, and arguably his most entertaining. As for Filipovic, he may have fallen short of the PRIDE heavyweight title that night, but his greatest career triumph was just around the corner.

After the jump: If you have the time to spare, the complete fight is below…

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smellypiratehooker- August 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Too bad Gorilla Productions doesn't do MMA. Love to see a hightlight of Fedor like they did with Ali and Tyson.
JohnyBonezNmoans- August 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Fedor is the greatest heavyweight of all time. I'd still take his prime self over 99% of the fighters in the ufc.

fuck newbie haters
JohnyBonezNmoans- August 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm
Fedor is the greatest heavyweight of all time. I'd still take his prime self over 99% of the fighters in the ufc.

fuck newbie haters
Kim Couture is a cunt- August 28, 2012 at 5:56 pm
The Underground is going crazy right now after Dana asked in a thread if we'd like to see Fedor vs Brock. Seems he might be working on something. That said, I was at this fight. Fucking amazing, I'll never forget it.
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