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HANSEN: Fedor's first loss in a decade tops list of "Top Stories of 2010" By: Rich Hansen, MMATorch Columnist Throughout this week, we'll present a number of articles from MMATorch writers detailing their top ten stories of 2010. Check back throughout the week for a different perspective on the year that was MMA in 2010. 1.) Fedor Emelianenko Lost a Fight On December 22, 2000, Fedor Emelianenko lost the first fight of his career. Nine years, six months, four days, and twenty-eight victories later, Fedor Emelianenko lost the second fight of his career. Between his controversial loss to Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in 2000 and his loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2010, Emelianenko scored victories over such luminaries as Babalu Sobral, Heath Herring, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (twice), Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Mirko Cro Cop, Matt Lindland, Tim Sylvia, Andrei Arlovski, and Brett Rogers. I am in full support of the criticism that Emelianenko and his management team receive for the way his career has been handled since signing with Strikeforce in 2009. I am well aware of the fact that Emelianenko hasn't fought more than twice Since 2005. I am well aware of the scorn Emelienko receives from the general MMA cognoscenti. I understand that 99% of the current fan base (myself included) became fans of the sport after his fight with Mirko Cro Cop in 2005, and that most of today's fans believe that if it doesn't happen in 'MERICA, that it doesn't matter one bit (I'm looking at YOU, Pelkey). But everyone who chooses to dismiss the historic nature of this upset are selling themselves short. The sport is unlikely to ever see a twenty-eight fight, nine-plus year long win streak again. Just because Fedor and his management team have made decision after decision that are seemingly designed to turn him off to the modern-day MMA fan should not for one moment lessen the importance of his achievements and accomplishments in this sport. Fedor may be choosing to make his future irrelevant, but everything he did yesterday is wildly important. 2.) Strikeforce Signs Elite Heavyweights Who Never Actually, You Know, Fight Strikeforce's Heavyweight division features such names as Fedor Emelianenko, Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Antonio Silva, Andrei Arlovski, Sergei Kharitonov, Brett Rogers, and Champion Alistair Overeem. In Strikeforce, Fedor has fought Werdum, Rogers has fought Fedor, Silva has fought Werdum, Silva has fought Arlovski, and Rogers has fought Overeem. Fedor renegotiates his contract before and after every fight, doesn't care about his legacy, ducks fighters he thinks he can't beat, and manipulates both Scott Coker and his sycophant fans into believing that he still has mystique. Overeem, the most dangerous man in the world, has fought twice for Strikeforce; once in 2007 when he won the title, and once in 2010 (a year that Scott Coker promised Overeem would fight three times). Overeem's five most recent fights are for FEG (four kickboxing fights, and one MMA fight). And in MMA alone, since winning the oh-so-coveted Strikeforce Heavyweight Championship, Overeem has fought in nine MMA fights. Only one of those fights have been under the...

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