Fedor Falls in San Jose (Werdum wins!)

28 06 2010

More to come later, but posting video first. Can you tell who I thought would win?

Ok the more to come is here. Below you will the my story on the Fedor vs Werdum shocker that transpired on Saturday. I must say, it was quite the experience. What happens now that Fedor has loss you ask? Well, pick your jaw off the ground first and then read Jake Rossen’s blog. He’s waaaaay more knowledgeable than I in this matter. Plus, it’s going to take me a little longer than most to pick my jaw off the ground. Enjoy, hopefully.

Werdum shocks MMA world with big win
By Julio Lara Daily Journal Staff
In a split second, mixed martial artist Fabricio Werdum saw his opportunity, grabbed it and held on — held on to Fedor Emelianenko’s arm and did not let go.
Werdum shocked the MMA world Saturday night, handing the legendary Fedor his first loss in nearly 10 years when he got him to tap out 69 seconds into their fight at Strikeforce: Fedor versus Werdum in San Jose.

It was the second loss of Fedor’s career and the first in 29 fights.

“Fedor is the best,” Werdum said. “But I believe in myself and in my training.”

Almost no one gave the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu world champion any chance to take down the mighty Russian before the fight. But Werdum executed his game plan to perfection and seized the first chance he got to take the fight to the ground — the place where he felt he had the best chance to beat Fedor.

It didn’t look too good for Werdum to start out. Fedor connected on a right that dropped Werdum to the mat — in that moment it looked like business as usual for the legend.

But Werdum kept his composure and when Fedor tried to follow up his punch with a fury of ground and pound Werdum caught him arm on a swing and held on, applying an arm bar. From there Fedor was in trouble as Werdum used his expertise to lock him down, turning the arm bar into a triangle choke.

Fedor knew he was in trouble. He tried to spin away from the submission hold a pair of times, but there was no way out of Werdum’s choke.

The legend had no choice but to do what he’s never done in his career: he tapped out.

“I was over zealous,” Fedor said after the fight. “I relied on myself too much and that is why I paid for it.”

As soon as Fedor tapped out the 12,698 fans at the HP Pavilion let out a collective gasp — some of complete shock, others of complete exhilaration.

No one was happier than Werdum who celebrated with his team inside and outside the right.

“This is the best day of my life,” Werdum said. “How I feel right now, I wish everyone could feel this way.”

“One who doesn’t fall does not stand up,” Fedor said when asked how he felt after tasting defeat for the first time in a long time. “But everything happens for a reason.”

As it stands the Fedor loss throws a monkey wrench in the argument of the best pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts — a title the majority of fans and experts had anointed Fedor with for a quite some time now.

It also propels Werdum into a potential championship match with Strikeforce heavyweight championship Alistair Overeem – someone he’s already beaten back in 2006.

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