Ronda Rousey Says Fedor Emelianenko Was “The Best Ever”

(Photo by Esther Lin via Strikeforce)

Add Strikeforce woman’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to the list of mixed martial arts fighters who has publicly stated former longtime PRIDE heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko is or was one of the greatest fighters in the history of the sport.

The 25-year-old female fighter recently said she believes the recently retired Emelianenko was “the best ever” and explained how she admires him for his skills and fighting style.

The statement came at a Q&A with media members at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas when Rousey was asked about her thoughts on the Russian legend’s retirement after a 12-year, 39-fight career. Read an exact quote of what Rousey had to say below.

“I’m happy that Fedor retired. You know, a lot of the guys that were in PRIDE I think PRIDE was a lot more miles on you than the UFC. I think it was also such a different game, people don’t realize having like the ropes and having the fence, it changes everything so much, you know?”

“I think his legacy belongs in PRIDE and I think it’s really unfair (that) just because he doesn’t have like the FOX marketing mechanism behind him they’re like ‘oh, he was never really that great’. Fedor was the best ever and anyone who disagrees I just, I don’t know. You just need to watch the fights. I just love it. I mean he’s not like the most technical ever, he’s not the biggest guy ever, he’s not the most shredded ever, but his feeling and his timing and like his spirit when he goes in there he has bad intentions man when he goes in there. He doesn’t care how big the other guy is and his transitions are always so good. I try to like emulate him and the way that he fights, you know. Kay, he’s not the most technical striker ever but he’s so explosive, you know? He can make things work and even in bad situations you see him improvise where he gets suplexed and you know, dumped on the top – top of him is folded over his head and he still comes out with the armbar.”

“I mean (fighting) takes so much mental focus and like this kinsetic sense of knowing where everything is around you it relation to everything else…he’s just so gifted in that way and has so many things that you can’t teach that I can’t help but admire him.”

Although Rousey is still extremely young in her MMA career, some parallels in her skills can be draw to that of Emelianenko. Fedor finished numerous opponents submissions to the arm of his opponents, something Rousey is a master at and knows all too much about.

It’s hard to disagree with any of Rousey’s comments. Emelianenko was not the biggest or strongest fighter in the heavyweight division, but he was able to close the gap with some of the most incredible fighting instincts ever seen in a ring or cage.

The “Rowdy” one is clearly a strong supporter of the MMA legend and is evidently also quite the Fedor fangirl.

Mike Bohn, founder and lead writer of, wrote this article. You can follow Mike on Twitter at @FightCoveMike. Also, follow @FightCove on Twitter and “Like” Fight Cove on Facebook.

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  • I <3 Ronda

    Ronda Rousey gives me a raging boner.

  • RampageLOL

    Completely agree with Rousey here. There was something mystical about Fedor. I’m sad he retired but it was his time to go.