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“I was made into a kind of an idol,” Emelianenko said in the post-fight press conference, where he showed up sporting light bruises around his eyes. “I’m a normal human being as all of us, and if it is God’s will, the next fight I will win.”
SavSci points out that ESPN doesn’t give a crap.
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Josh Gross says an immediate Fedor / Werdum rematch is ‘the smart play from Strikeforce.’ It’s more interesting than Fedor / Bigfoot Silva, that’s for sure. Although Fedor vs Valentijn Overeem just for the cheap “I beat your brother” pop isn’t bad either.
I guess Fedor can’t get the Brett Rogers treatment and fight Overeem for the belt after a loss, huh?
Werdum seemed to bait Fedor in, flopping to the ground after a series of punches that didn’t seem to land cleanly. Fedor pounced quickly, but Werdum was ready. The Brazilian Jiu Jitsu world champion secured a triangle-armbar combination that was deep. The Russian scrambled and squirmed, but escape was impossible. One single tap ended the fight and changed the MMA business forever.
Fedor said it was the triangle, not Werdum bending his arm 220 degrees, that made him tap.
Barely two hours after losing his first fight in almost ten years, Jonathan Snowden thinks Fedor needs to move down to light heavyweight. Oh, to be mortal…
Werdum confirms baiting Fedor was part of the plan.
- 18,265 – “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie” (March 2006)
- 16,326 – “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le” (March 2008)
- 15,211 – “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz” (April 2009)
- 14,749 – “Strikeforce: Evolution” (December 2009)
- 13,976 – “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg” (August 2009)
- 12,698 – “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum” (June 2010)
- 10,374 – “Strikeforce: Revenge” (June 2006)
- 9,672 – “Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni” (June 2007)
- 8,701 – “Strikeforce: Triple Threat” (December 2006)
- 8,152 – “Strikeforce: Destruction” (November 2008)
- 7,288 – “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Thomson” (June 2008)
- 7,249 – “Strikeforce: Four Men Enter, One Man Survives” (November 2007)
Scott Coker of @strikeforce said “Fedor got caught. I would not want to be the guy who has to fight him next.”
“We knew that Fabricio Werdum is a very dangerous fighter. Fedor just got caught. He is much stronger than Fabricio Werdum, but it’s a fight, so anything can happen. Everyone was sure that Fedor is going to win tonight, but Werdum is the best grappler in the world.
“If there will be a rematch, which we are not demanding, I am pretty sure that Fedor is going to win next time.”
Which is far more eloquent than what I was expecting him to say:
Sherdog has pictures up from the fight.
It turns out this is all God’s fault. That jerk.
“I’m really very sorry,” Emelianenko told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) through his interpreter. “It’s a pity that I disappointed people who really believed in me and trusted in me, but everything in this life happens for some reason.
“If God decided it that way, that means that was the best way for this very time. I thank God for everything.”
And more rematch talk:
As for that next fight, Emelianenko said he would appreciate the opportunity to avenge the first true defeat of his storied 10-year-career.
“Certainly I would like to have a rematch with Fabricio,” Emelianenko said. “If he agrees, I would love to do that.”
Gif via Caposa of the UG.
Here’s Alistair Overeem looking not very happy about losing a chance to fight Fedor next and also the opportunity to be ‘the dude that beat Fedor.’
Just talked with some of Fedor’s camp. After the loss, he was consoling them all, telling them everything would be OK.
Some Werdum notes from MMA Fighting’s press conference notes:
- Fabricio Werdum credited his win to a special modified armbar/triangle choke that he said he would show “at the next seminar,” which he claimed would be only ten dollars to attend. He also noted that his wife didn’t see his win over Fedor Emelianenko since she never watches his fights, but instead goes to the supermarket during his bouts.
– When asked about the effect of Fedor’s punches early in the fight, Werdum responded, “Fedor hit me?” This got a laugh from the room, but Werdum insisted that he genuinely didn’t remember. “This is serious…maybe his punches affect[ed] my [memory].”
From Subo: One last thing. We’re all getting caught up in ramifications and fallout. But remember this feeling.