After becoming the first man to beat Fedor Emelianenko in nearly a decade, Fabricio Werdum took some time to break down his submission victory over the world’s former top heavyweight at “Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum.”
Many thought Emelianenko was overzealous in following-up on a right hook that Werdum claims never even touched him.
“I only like to strike when we’re face-to-face. Actually, this punch didn’t hit me,” the Brazilian states in the video.
He went on to profess that the work and planning he put in with Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal and Mark Munoz at Reign Training Center was instrumental in his success.
“We worked on that at Mark Munoz’ academy in Lake Forrest. We did a training program to get dizzy, where you have to open your arms and start turning around,” Werdum said. “After that, King Mo told me to lie on the floor. So I ran a lot, laid on the floor and King Mo stood over me while striking.”
Fast forward to June 26th when Fedor voluntarily entered into Werdum’s world once the Brazilian was on his back. The former Pride and UFC star was able to lock up an arm bar/triangle choke in the bout’s opening ticks. Neither fighter had perspired much, which made it nearly impossible for Fedor to wiggle free.
Sixty-nine seconds later and history was made. Werdum not only beat Fedor Emelianenko, but snapped his 27-fight winning streak in the process.