He is human after all. Fabricio Werdum tapped out Fedor Emelianenko and shocked the world at Strikeforce. This is the first loss for Fedor Emelianenko since the blood stoppage in 2000 and arguably the biggest upset in MMA history. Even more shocking is that the win came seconds into the fight via tap.
Fedor Emelianenko engaged Fabricio Werdum and hit him with a flurry of strikes. Fabricio went down and Fedor went after him. I immediately thought that this was a terrible move for Fedor. The story going into the fight was that Fabricio had the superior BJJ game and if it went to the ground, Fedor could be in trouble. It went to the ground and Fedor was in trouble. Fabricio immediately caught him in a triangle, trapped Fedor, and tapped the Last Emperor for the first loss of his career (unless you count the blood stoppage in 2000).
Fedor Emelianenko also probably cost himself millions of dollars with a potential UFC deal. Fedor turned down a reported $30 million deal to sign with the UFC last year and opted to go with Strikeforce instead. I have said many times that every time Fedor fights he is risking a millions of dollars with the UFC. While I am sure the UFC would still sign Fedor in a heartbeat, they aren’t giving him $30 million. On top of that, while Brock Lesnar vs. Fedor Emelianenko is still an intriguing match, it won’t do nearly half of the business it could have done if Fedor came into the UFC undefeated.
Fedor Emelianenko has one fight left on his Strikeforce contract and one fight left with M1 Global. There were a lot of rumors this week of Fedor going into politics after this fight whatever the result was. Fedor said after the fight that he felt nothing about the loss. With one fight left on his deal and rumored political aspirations, it is very likely that the world of MMA may have seen the last of the Last Emperor tonight.
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