Tito Ortiz: Fedor Emelianenko did great in Pride, but he's not one of the greatest everPosted on August 3, 2011, 05:54 PM by Joey Santosus
"He's not one of the greatest ever; he did great in Pride but he chose not to come to the UFC and he never fought in the UFC. You can't be considered one of the best -- much less the greatest ever -- if you didn't fight in the UFC. Pride isn't the UFC and the places he's been since Pride aren't the UFC. Everyone who came from Pride to the UFC got stomped. - For more from Tito Ortiz, visit ESPN.com (via MMAMania.com)
To be the best, you've got to beat the best... And according to "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" that's something that can only be accomplished by competing inside the octagon.
Though Fedor Emelianenko ran roughshod through every opponent placed in front of him for more than a decade, "The Last Emperor" never donned a pair of UFC branded 4-ounce gloves. Instead, the Russian opted to compete for promotions such as Rings, PRIDE FC, and eventually Strikeforce, racking up an impressive 31 victories along the way before suffering what was considered to be his first "legitimate" defeat in 2010. While many may feel the dominant run was enough to cement Emelianenko's place in the history books, Tito Ortiz isn't one of them. So what do you think of Tito's stance LowKick'ers? Is it sound logic or irrational reasoning?
Photo: Tito Ortiz at UFC 132 PF Press Conference. Credit: Scott Hirano.