For the most part, all the major upsets in recent MMA history where the superior competitor was “caught” by something out of left field came via strike. On Saturday night, Strikeforce’s Fabricio Werdum reminded everyone why it’s called MIXED MARTIAL ARTS when he submitted 6-to-1 favorite Fedor Emelianenko in the 1stRound of their scrap.
“I was concentrating on the strike and that’s why I made a mistake,” a disappointed Emalienanko said after his 27-fight winning streak was put to rest. “Now we’ll make the analysis and we’ll try to figure out and analyze why it happened.”
Werdum was an afterthought for most, as it was believed the Russian would steamroll the Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt en route to a blockbuster pay-per-view extravaganza against reigning king Alistair Overveem. Although Werdum had rattled-off two Strikeforce wins since being released by the UFC, nobody expected this.
When asked what was going through his mind immediately after getting caught in a triangle choke/armbar submission only :69 ticks into his highly anticipated stateside return, MMA’s Terminator was at a complete loss for words.
“Well frankly speaking, nothing,” a puzzled Emelianenko said. “Because the one who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up.”
Although Werdum wanted to legitimize his upset by calling for an immediate mulligan, Fedor wasn’t so quick to demand a rematch with the only man to beat him in nearly 10 years.
“We have one more fight for which I will again come to America,” Fedor vaguely said.
Emelianenko went on to win his next 27 contests the last time he lost a fight, but the soon-to-be 34-year-old ain’t gettin’ any younger, so it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back when he fulfills the final commitment on his Strikeforce deal.