4). Submission of Mark Coleman at Pride Total Elimination 2004:
Fedor had secured the Pride heavyweight championship over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in his first fight of the year and won an incredible five straight fights in 2003, and he was on top of the world when heading into his first fight of 2004 against former UFC heavyweight and 200 Pride Openweight Grand Prix winner Coleman.
Although Coleman is regarded as the ‘Godfather of Ground and Pound’ in MMA, Fedor proved he was now on top of the heap when it came to ground wars at the pinnacle of fighting’s biggest division when he submitted Coleman with his trademark Sambo armbar only 2:11 into the first round of their contest. The victory kicked off a legendary 2004 for the champion, adding to his legacy as the first in a two-fight series of submission wins over fellow MMA pioneer ‘The Hammer.’