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4 Fighters That Should Come Back For One More

1. Fedor Emilianenko is considered by some hardcore fans to be the greatest heavyweight, maybe the greatest fighter of all time. His time in Pride overseas was filled with wins over Cro Cop, Big Nog, and more recognizable titanic names. It was also filled with freakshow fights against opponents who had no business in an MMA ring *cough* Zulu *cough*.

There is no denying he is an amazing athlete, but maybe not the greatest ever, okay maybe he is. The reason he should come back is to give the fans what we all want – to see him in the Octagon. He has reached Randy Couture status in that he can fight in main events without it being a title fight, and still draw a crowd.

Fedor’s run in the United States wasn’t exactly spectacular. I mean c’mon he beat Brett Rogers, Andrei Arlovski, and Tim Sylvia. Yes, they are legitimate threats, but not the best his division has to offer. The only real part of this US run that leaves a bad taste in your mouth as a fan are the three losses in a row which sent him back overseas, and away from the United States. Fedor has a lot to gain by returning. Money, respect, and a fan’s dream of him stepping foot in the Octagon.

2. Igor Vovchanchyn, please come back to MMA. Igor was tenacious, fun to watch, and had bad intentions with everything he threw. He had good submissions, good striking, and heart. Vovchanchyn was one of my favorite fighters in Pride and could easily step in to the Octagon and make a solid showing.

3. This is a selfish one. Oleg Taktarov is one of the few early UFC fighters I think could still compete, and at age 45 he could still give the young guns a run for their money. Unlikely as it may be it would be a treat to see him come back for one more fight.

4. Bas Rutten is one of the most recognizable and legendary MMA fighters of all time. His energetic instructional material, the phrase “Liver shot”, and wild stories of bar and street brawls are still talked about on forums by both old and new fans today. Bas is in movies, on television, and commentating ringside popular sporting events. With his star power, eternally impeccable cardio, and undying will to win it would be a thrill to see him give it one more go.

Who would you like to see come back for one more?

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  1. albert m. says:

    Roger Huerta

  2. Bryce says:

    I’m glad to see Vovchanchyn getting some love. Probably my favorite person to watch back in the pride days!

    He had the meanest kicks..

  3. GRT 3000 says:

    Fred Ettish vs. Dan Severn

  4. Garv says:

    Seriously?

    Surely someone writing an MMA article must know that Bas doesn’t fight because of serious health reasons..

    • jason says:

      Dude couldn’t even spell Fedors last name correctly. Dunno why I even read this website its so bush league.

  5. Mark says:

    Bas all day baby. Probably the most influential fighter ever. Fact.The guy lives and breathes the sport.Talks more sense than anybody in the sport and has done the best most in depth instructional dvds ever. Love Bas. Would probably still knock out the biggest names out there!

  6. Mille says:

    Cro Cop (vs Minotauro (Big Nog))

  7. cali says:

    We just want BJ

  8. Nelson the Great says:

    Fedor’s record is not great over in the US where he lost his last three fights he got submited then he was badly beaten up fight stopped at the end of round then his last fight with Hendo was hand picked and more of chance of Fedor winning and that’s what they wanted Fedor winning is more money he’s there biggest star Fedor vs Hendo who is older he’s slower but hes also smaller who was not as strong as the two other fighters to beat him but still Fedor got KO in the first round by Hendo there really is only reason it happens he was past his best he knows most MMA fans know it but im not sure he has anything to gain by fighting in the UFC now ? I’d rather see a fighter who. Knows he is way past his best but knows he could still make lots of money if still fighting like Mike Tyson who was nothing like he was at his best now he only the wanted money Fedor could do the same as tyson he didn’t care if he lost only the money all fighters are the first to know they are past there best but there the last to admit it, That’s more of a reason to respect him that he’s not fighting now so we can watch him getting beaten up for money by fighters that fedor wouldn’t of had any problem taking them out at his best and he owes MMA fans nothing

  9. KingDrake says:

    Really you think that they should all come backs fighting in the UFC ? Not into watching great fighters getting beat up by guys who they would beat no problem when they was at there best,,, they have lots of reasons why they don’t fight anymore being past there best is one of them but I don’t think they like you know getting hurt pretty badly for the MONEY if they didn’t mind getting beaten up just for money then they would be fighting still,,,

  10. KIDD433 says:

    Roger Huerta,Paul Daley

  11. Thom1 says:

    Dude whoever made this article is downright saddistic. You want to see Fedor return to a legit HW? to what? see him get destroyed? Bas Rutten? Really? Not to mention Oleg and Igor. They have nothing else to prove in this sport and can only return to get beaten down, its so pointless.

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