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New Year’s Eve events in Japan used to be the high point of the year in combat sports. While Pride forged the way in Japan with a tremendous stable of fighters, New Year’s Eve was always the pinnacle.
Often times, however, the spectacle was much more on display than the sport.
When Fedor Emelianenko stepped into the ring at Yarennoka, an event that arose out of the demise of Pride FC on New Year’s Eve in 2007, he did so opposite a man that was more than a foot taller and 100 pounds heavier.
Though Hong Man Choi found himself on top of Fedor more than once in the bout, the Last Emperor still found a way to finish the gigantic Korean fighter, making for one of the more memorable moments in AXS TV Fights’ history as the program prepares for its 400th live broadcast on Friday.