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Brazilian MMA fans name Fedor Emelianenko 'The Greatest Of All Time'

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Maybe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) troublemaker Chael Sonnen wasn't that far off when he once proclaimed that Anderson Silva "absolutely sucked."

"The Spider" certainly isn't winning any popularity awards in Brazil.

That's according to a recent poll at Portal do Vale Tudo, which recently asked Brazilian mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, Who is the greatest of all time?

The answer may surprise you, at least, geographically speaking.

Famed Russian "Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko took home top honors, following his recent beatdown of Pedro Rizzo in his Russian retirement match earlier this year -- though his seat on Mt. Olympus likely stems from his heyday in PRIDE FC.

Here are the complete PVT poll results:

Fedor Emelianenko: 73%

Anderson Silva: 12%

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: 7%

Dan Henderson: 7%

Randy Couture: 1%

Unfortunately, I did not get to see much of Fedor, as I got a little late into the sport of MMA.

In my humble, and nowhere near professional opinion, I think Georges St. Pierre holds that title as of now and was surprised he wasn't in the polls top five. Not that it matters much, because if Jon Jones keeps up his path of destruction, I'd be hard pressed to find someone that can make a sensible argument for him not going down as the greatest ever in this young sport.

Anyone disagree?

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