Thank you for the memories.
The greatest fighter in the history of combat sports retired last night, as FSA reported he would some weeks ago. For the eulogy to a truly glorious career, please refer to the following piece, The End of the Greatest: It Is God’s Will.
Fedor lit Rizzo up like a Christmas tree, dropped the veteran striker and (rightful) former UFC Heavyweight champion with a beautifully timed, sharp right hand. He finished with some of his typically brutal ground and pound, and the Brazilian was out of it.
Fedor has more wins over current and former champions, top 10 ranked guys, and champions from other sports (such as K-1, ADCC, Olympic Judo, etc) than any other fighter in Mixed Martial Arts history. His win over Rizzo elevates him to the position of 8-0 versus UFC champions, even though Rizzo/Couture for the title ended in a corrupt judging decision and thus on paper was incorrectly recorded.
I can say no more than has already been said in “The End of the Greatest”. For now, just enjoy some Fedor highlights, and reminisce about the greatest fighter in recorded professional history.
Thank you for the days.
Watching combat sports will never be quite the same. There will always be something missing, the same way there will never be another Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Ray Robinson, Muhammad Ali, Ray Leonard, Chris Eubank or Naseem Hamed, nor will there ever be another Fedor, or one remotely like him. What a uniquely different fighter, and great man inside and out of the ring.
It is God’s Will.