He is human after all. Fabricio Werdum tapped out Fedor Emelianenko and shocked the world at Strikeforce. This is the first loss for Fedor Emelianenko since the blood stoppage in 2000 and arguably the biggest upset in MMA history. Even more shocking is that the win came seconds into the fight via tap.
Fedor Emelianenko engaged Fabricio Werdum and hit him with a flurry of strikes. Fabricio went down and Fedor went after him. I immediately thought that this was a terrible move for Fedor. The story going into the fight was that Fabricio had the superior BJJ game and if it went to the ground, Fedor could be in trouble. It went to the ground and Fedor was in trouble. Fabricio immediately caught him in a triangle, trapped Fedor, and tapped the Last Emperor for the first loss of his career (unless you count the blood stoppage in 2000).
[adinserter block=”1″]The loss is the first of Fedor’s career and supports many critics who thought that Fedor was overrated the last few years. While Fedor was routinely ranked as the best MMA fighter in the sport, critics cited Fedor’s lack of competition as reason why he shouldn’t be ranked highly. It has been almost five years since Fedor has fought quality competition and it looks like there was something to it. Whether Fedor continues to fight or not, the myth surrounding Fedor Emelianenko is over and he is now just a normal MMA fighter.
Fedor Emelianenko also probably cost himself millions of dollars with a potential UFC deal. Fedor turned down a reported $30 million deal to sign with the UFC last year and opted to go with Strikeforce instead. I have said many times that every time Fedor fights he is risking a millions of dollars with the UFC. While I am sure the UFC would still sign Fedor in a heartbeat, they aren’t giving him $30 million. On top of that, while Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko is still an intriguing match, it won’t do nearly half of the business it could have done if Fedor came into the UFC undefeated.
[adinserter block=”2″]It is a great story for Fabricio Werdum. Less than two years ago Fabricio was cut from the UFC after a loss to Junior dos Santos. The win will now put Fabricio Werdum into the history books as the first man to defeat Fedor Emelianenko (again not counting the blood stoppage). Fabricio said after the fight that he would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko next. That is a bold move considering that the win gives Werdum a title shot against Alistair Overeem if he wants it. Fabricio already has a submission win over Overeem, so the choice to fight Fedor again is an interesting one nonetheless.
Fedor Emelianenko has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract and one fight left with M1 Global. There were a lot of rumors this week of Fedor going into politics after this fight whatever the result was. Fedor said after the fight that he felt nothing about the loss. With one fight left on his deal and rumored political aspirations, it is very likely that the world of MMA may have seen the last of the Last Emperor tonight.
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