Fedor Emelianenko hadn’t lost a fight in nearly 10 years, however it took Fabricio Werdum all of :69 seconds to bring that streak to a screeching halt at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum.” Always a man of few words, Fedor attributed his shocking submission loss to a brief mental lapse in judgment.
“I was concentrating on the strike and that’s why I made a mistake. Now, we’ll make the analysis and we’ll try to figure out and analyze why it happened,” a disappointed Fedor stated.
Many thought fighting Werdum would be a good tune-up for a showdown with Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem, who was sitting cage-side rooting for the Russian. Instead, “The Last Emperor” now finds himself in the unfamiliar position of looking to bounce back from a professional defeat.
In all sports, there’s a saying that you can always find a person’s true character following a loss. It’s only happened to Emelianenko once before – albeit controversially – and he went on to win his next 27.
The only emotion the Russian showed immediately after the stunning upset was when Werdum released the armbar/triangle choke, as he sat in the same position for a moment looking as surprised as everybody else about what just took place.
“Well frankly speaking, nothing,” Fedor said when asked what was currently going through his mind. “Because the one who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up.”
Now it’s time for Fedor, who has one bout remaining on his Strikeforce contract, to dust himself off and show his mettle.
“We have one more fight for which I will again come to America,” Fedor confirmed.