Fedor Emelianenko’s abrupt fall from grace this past Saturday at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum” was rather upsetting, in more ways than one.
MMA’s best heavyweight was a heavy 6-to-1 favorite to push his winning streak to an unprecedented 28 when the cage door closed. Thankfully for the Gambling Gods, they sensed something might be rotten in the state of Denmark and lowered Fedor’s odds from their original proclamation of -1000.
Fabricio Werdum’s submission of the Russian would have been the biggest upset of 2010 had it not been for UFC 112. BJ Penn was an 8-to-1 favorite to retain his strap against Frankie Edger this past April, however was outgunned by the quicker Jersey boy for a unanimous decision loss.
Although gambling addicts worldwide were rejoicing when the Brazilian ‘dog pulled through, Team Fedor, Strikeforce, Showtime and CBS watched their hopes of a pay-per-view extravaganza between the company golden boy and heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem go up in smoke – as if the Diaz boys were in the house.
Throughout all the trash talking and backhanded disses, Strikeforce’s trump card was they always had a Fedor vs. Ubereem scrap in their back pocket – the bout that would likely mark the biggest fight in MMA history. However, Werdum quickly cashed-in his golden ticket when it took him only :69 ticks to tap (literally, one time) Emelianenko with a crafty armbar/triangle choke submission.
Despite the setback, Strikeforce still seems content to forge ahead with their first PPV event in Fedor’s next outing – marking the final commitment on his Strikeforce deal. It would only make sense that Showtime would push for a fan-funded show considering how many eggs they’ve already sunk into Fedor’s basket.
Whether it’s Fedor vs. Werdum dos, or Fedor vs. Overeem showcased on Strikeforce’s debut PPV show, expect for the Russian to viciously bounce back from his first defeat in nearly a decade and ignite the biggest free agency frenzy this side of LeBron James.