In 2002, ten years ago, the man considered the best MMA fighter of all times made his debut against the planet’s big boys, at the now historic Pride FC 21.
It was June 23, and both Anderson Silva and Fedor Emelianenko were making their (victorious) debuts at Japanese mega event Pride FC, in the Saitama Super Arena.
At the time, neither of them paid much attention to the other—despite the beatings they laid on the dreaded Alex Stiebling and Semmy Schilt, their respective opponents.
One decade later, the two aces are waging a battle for the hearts of the fans and minds of the pundits as to who the best of their generation is—with the exception of Dana White, of course, who turns a blind eye to the Russian.
A monster of the art of sambo, Fedor Emelianenko fought the burliest heavyweights around in Japan, and went unbeaten for ten years. A genius at Thai boxing and a Jiu-Jitsu black belt, Anderson has taken on the best the UFC middleweight division has to offer (and some light heavyweights), and he has spent the last seven years dazzling the masses and drubbing the competition.
Having had a full decade to think, now we ask our readers to put their two cents’ worth in: Who’s the best of all times in your opinion?
Watch the two fighters’ highlights and share your vote with us: