The 100 Greatest Athletes of the Complex Decade

88. Fedor Emelianenko

Sport: MMA
Bonafides From 2002-2012: Former WAMMA Heavyweight and Pride Heavyweight Champion, 23-3-1 (7 KOs, 11 Submissions)
Thoroughly looking the part of the MMA badass, with a bowling ball head and a goofy "Now I will have to break your body" grin, Emelianenko was undefeated for much of the Complex Decade. His mid-decade run in the Pride Fighting Championships is the stuff of legend, featuring submissions both sublime (kimura) and ridiculous (his 26-second defeat of Wagner Martins via a metric shitton of blows to the head). He suffered three defeats in a row in 2010-11, but his place as one of the titans of MMA is secure.

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