When it comes to raw power, few heavyweight fighters can hold a candle to MMA pioneer Igor Vovchanchyn, who could put anybody to sleep regardless of their size with a staggering 41 wins via T/KO in MMA and a further 48 in kickboxing despite being only 5′ 7” tall and having a 68” reach.
One of his most famous victories was a horrifying beatdown of Japanese icon Enson Inoue, who has likened being hit by Vovchanchyn to being struck by a train, and when considering the life-threatening injuries he emerged from his fight with the Ukranian in PRIDE, it’s not hard to see why he calls him the hardest hitter he ever encountered.
“I sustained a broken jaw, a fractured finger, perforated eardrum, swollen brain, a liver count 2000x the normal person and spent 2 days in intensive care,” Inoue said.
UFC and PRIDE veteran Gary Goodridge has been stopped by some of the biggest names in the sport during his turbulent career, including another Russian legend in Fedor Emelianenko, but having had the misfortune to have faced Vovchanchyn twice he once claimed that, “Igor hits harder [than Fedor]. That guy is insane.” If you enjoyed this story, please share it on social media!