Another legend for MMA is Fedor Emelianenko, that is, without any more debates. His place on MMA history is now well-figured out. Until his final fight, people were thinking where to place Emelianenko as compared to other MMA stars. Across all wild opinions, keyboard sparring, and answers from several MMA fans, Emelianenko should be fairly remembered as the best MMA fighter during his time.
Legendary athletes from sports such as baseball, basketball, hockey, and football can be comparable to Emelianenko’s contribution to MMA. Historians of UFC are comparing Emelianenko’s achievement with Johnny Unitas, who was known to be the greatest football quarterback during his time. His records in NFL were undoubtedly incomparable to other quarterback. His timeless achievements even included Lombardi Trophy, Pro Bowl for 10 times, and NFL MVP for 3 times. He is regarded and respected by many players in the 1950s and 1960s. None of Unitas achievements were taken away from him. For most enthusiasts in his field, Unitas totally earned all the MVP awards. Football was supported by many and increased its fame due to his contributions.
Like Unitas, the same goes for Emelianenko. Some people would disagree but his record shows otherwise. He is the best MMA heavyweight champion from 2003–2008. The record he holds is 31–1 within a span of 10 years. Most of his accomplishments are well-remembered by many MMA fans and if compared with the present MMA fighters, he is still at level with their achievements in this field.
This said, Emelianenko persists to be the best in his time as the MMA player. Several decades from now, he will be remembered like Unitas. Fighting the defense record of Anderson Silva was never easy. This achievement is fairly obvious for Emelianenko being the best heavyweight fighter in MMA.