Strikeforce / M-1 Global | Werdum Submits Fedor in a Shocking Upset!Category: MMA
Whoever believes that Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is unbeatable must be shaking their head now in disbelief.
Somewhere in America, UFC President Dana White has a big grin on his face right now.
After going through 10 years and 29 consecutive fights without a loss, many heralded Fedor not just the best heavyweight MMA fighter in the world but as possibly the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.
In the main event of Strikeforce: Fedor vs Werdum held on June 26, 2010 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, USA, Fabricio Werdum looked to end The Last Emperor’s reign.
Less than 30 seconds into their fight, Werdum was dropped by Fedor.
Fedor immediately recklessly jumped into the fallen Werdum looking to ground and pound him into submission.
However, Fedor must have forgotten that Werdum is a world-class submission specialist being a former two-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion himself.
The Brazilian caught the Russian’s exposed left arm and shoot for the armbar. He then added the triangle choke and never let go as referee “Big” John McCarthy watched closely.
Caught in a vise grip, Fedor could do nothing and he tapped out at 1:09 of the first round.
Thus giving him his first ‘unquestionable’ defeat and ending the potential megafight bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem which could go down as the most profitable non-UFC bout ever.
In the post-fight interview, Fedor said:
The one who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up. I was concentrating on the strikes, and that’s when I made a mistake. Now we’ll have to make an analysis and try and analyze what happened.
Fabricio Werdum now holds the distinction of having defeated the Emelianenko brothers, Fedor and the younger Aleksander; both via submission.
Fabricio Werdum will face next Overeem for his crown whom he had already submitted via kimura in the Opening Round of Pride 2006 Openweight Grand Prix last May 5, 2006.
Check out the Fabricio Werdum vs Fedor Emelianenko video.
UPDATE December 2, 2010: Werdum’s submission of Fedor was awarded the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2010 Submission of the Year!If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.