Fedor Emelianenko’s RNC vs. a Python’s squeeze – who wins?

Thursday, January 09, 2020

You know what, screw Chuck Norris; Fedor ‘The Last Emperor’ Emelianenko should have his own jokes about him.

It is tough to acknowledge what kind of fighter Fedor was if you didn’t have the chance to witness him in his prime.

Let’s go through a quick summary of Fedor’s accomplishments in the sport of mixed martial arts, shall we?

Before getting submitted by Fabricio Werdum in 2010, Fedor had not lost a fight since 2000; in other words, the last time he had tasted defeat before the Werdum fight, Bill Clinton was still president of the United States. Let that sink in for a moment.

Fedor holds wins against the best Heavyweight mixed martial artists of all time, including Antonio Nogueira, Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Filipovic, Mark Coleman, Tim Sylvia, and Andrei Arlovski. He was just a destroyer during the PRIDE Fighting Championships days.

Lastly, and that is something most people fail to remember when they bring up Fedor’s legacy, he was nearly always fighting at a big weight disadvantage. Considering even a 5-pound weight difference is huge at the elite level, Fedor’s wins against behemoths such as Semmy Schilt or Hong Man Choi truly are impressive.

Fedor’s accomplishments have earned him a perennial following and support among fans. He really had an aura of badassness around him, which prompted fans to fictionally pit him against ever-tougher opponents. I’m talking potential match ups against bears and whatnot here. It became a long running-joke among MMA enthusiasts.

I don’t know if Fedor could armbar a bear (though he probably could, to be fair) but thanks to the TV show Sport Science, which measures the world’s best athletes’ physical prowess, we now know who is deadlier between Fedor and a python.

Pythons possess great choking strength, so it is natural to wonder if a choke-out artist such as Fedor could rival them. Do you think Fedor passed the test? Have a look at the following footage to find out: