In a display of the fickleness and forgetfulness of many MMA fans, Russian MMA great Fedor Emelianenko has been widely written off and his legacy loudly decried since he posted his second legitimate career loss last weekend to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Though the argument could be made that Emelianenko has not consistently faced the best competition in the world, especially in recent years, “The Last Emperor” still did more than enough throughout his career to prove himself one of the greatest fighters to have ever graced a ring or cage. Though many have turned on him since his most recent loss, Emelianenko is still supported by a legion of loyal fans, some of whom also happen to be fighters.
UFC heavyweight contender Shane Carwin, who had expressed interest in training with Emelianenko for his fight with Silva, took to his Twitter account recently to reprimand those who have forgotten about “The Last Emperor’s” legacy.
“you lose two fights and end up with a 31-3 record and people question his relevance,” wrote Carwin. “I do not get it. HoF inductees are 19-10 & 25-15″
Carwin also reiterated his respect for and desire to train with Emelianenko.
“I would love to go train with him,” he posted. “I have a ton of respect for him as a person and as an athlete.”
Those in doubt of Emelianenko’s legitimacy need only take a look at his trio of fights with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, his epic 2005 fight against Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic or his gritty battles against Kevin Randleman and Kazuyuki Fujita to gain a better understanding and respect for his accomplishments in the sport.