That huge win came on March 16th over the PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, a man who'd demonstrated an unbelievable ability to take punishment yet find a way to win. Nogueira was unable to do this in the bout against Emelianenko however as throughout Fedor dominated and scored the unanimous decision.
He didn't spend long celebrating. Three weeks later on this date five years ago he fought and won again to improve to 13-1. And as we all know over the course of those five years he's walked through numerous tough, and sometimes not so tough, opponents to land at an impressive 27-1.
Recently SI.com listed Fedor as the eighth toughest athlete in the world. Their criterion wasn't all about being able to beat up people. If it was they'd have to rank Fedor number one because through the years, including this date five years ago, he's proven that he is near impossible to beat...and that's tough.
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