Even though it does not matter in the least, nothing seems to rile up MMA followers like a good old fashion pound-for-pound debate. Some push for Anderson Silva, while others campaign for the so-called Last Emperor, Fedor “M-1 Global” Emelianenko.
Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, since pound-for-pound is an entirely subjective system. However, these past two weekends have illustrated the argument against Emelianenko’s transcendent status better than any blogger ever could.
Andrei Arlovski, a fighter who has long been recognized as a top five heavyweight, was defeated on June 6 in only twenty-two seconds by prospect Brett Rogers. Five months prior, the entire MMA community bore witness to another episode of Emelianenko’s supremacy as he starched the same Arlovski late in the first round.