Emelianenko remains best in the world

WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko speaks to the media prior to 'Affliction: Day of...

WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko speaks to the media prior to 'Affliction: Day of Reckoning.' (Tom Hogan, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions)

NEIL SPRINGER -- SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 4:36 PM ET

If there were ever any doubts that Fedor Emelianenko is the most dominant heavyweight fighter on the planet, they were answered last night at 'Affliction: Day of Reckoning.'

The current WAMMA heavyweight champion faced his toughest challenge in years in former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.

After roughly three minutes of Arlovski peppering him with strikes, Emelianenko countered a flying knee attempt with a devastating knockout punch that sent the tough Belarusian crumbling to the mat.

In two shows for Affliction, Emelianenko has taken out two former UFC heavyweight champions and he’s done it in less than five minutes total.

Now, how will the naysayers try to spin this one?

Following Emelianenko's 36-second submission victory over Tim Sylvia last July, message boards were full of comments claiming that 'The Maine-iac' was never any good to begin with. After all, at the time of that fight Sylvia had gone 1-2 in his last three matches.

Even UFC president Dana White made similar remarks about the man who at one point dominated his own heavyweight division.

However, Arlovski was riding an impressive five-fight win streak going into 'Day of Reckoning,' with victories over tough competitors like Fabricio Werdum, Ben Rothwell and former IFL heavyweight champion Roy Nelson.

It's simple, until Emelianenko loses or retires, he will remain the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I hate to quote a pro-wrestler, but Ric Flair said it best: "To be the man, you got to beat the man." Right now, Emelianenko is the man.

Just because he chooses not to sign with the UFC, doesn't mean he's avoiding top competition. After all, despite only two shows under their belt, Affliction has the superior heavyweight division.

Maybe one day he'll come to terms with the UFC and fans will finally get to see him face the likes of Randy Couture or Brock Lesnar. Until then, he's still fighting top heavyweights.

BARNETT NEXT IN LINE

Following his dominant victory over Gilbert Yvel last night, Josh Barnett will likely be the next challenger to the WAMMA heavyweight champion.

After 13 minutes of having his way with the Dutch kickboxer, Barnett forced Yvel to tap out from strikes on the ground.

Emelianenko and Barnett were once offered to a fight each another back in PRIDE, but the 'Babyface Assassin' turned it down, instead opting for a bout with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Now that they're the top two heavyweights in the world, this is a fight that needs to happen.

SCARY MOMENT

In a spectacular knockout, Vitor Belfort unloaded on a prone Matt Lindland, sending the Olympic silver medalist into la-la land. It was great to see the Belfort of old show up to 'Day of Reckoning.'

However, celebration soon turned worry as several minutes had passed and Lindland still hadn't gotten up. Fans like to see knockouts, but no one wants to witness someone getting seriously injured.

Luckily, Lindland managed to walk out of the ring under his own power. Later in the show, an update on his condition revealed he was okay, but feeling "a little bummed."


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