The man widely considered to be the greatest fighter of our time, Fedor Emelianenko, was handed the first legitimate defeat of his professional fighting career this evening in San Jose as decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum made mixed martial arts history in California, submitting the feared Russian heavyweight with vice-like armbar/triangle choke early into the very first round.
Emelianenko looked to have Werdum in a world of trouble in the opening moments of round one during “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Rogers“, battering the Brazilian with a series of big left hooks that dropped the submission specialist to the canvas. Fedor’s fatal mistake came when he followed the decorated grappler to the ground looking for the ground and pound finish. After escaping an initial armbar attempt, Emelianenko’s willingness to momentarily play his cards on the canvas with Werdum quickly left him vulnerable to the bout ending armbar/triangle choke conversion just 1:09 into the contest.
True to form, and expressionless Emelianenko seemed unaffected by the suprising loss at the hands of the fellow PRIDE veteran when asked what he was thinking immediately following his first true professional defeat as a mixed martial artist, stating, “Really, nothing, because the one that doesn’t fall doesn’t get up.”
Cung Le managed to avenge the sole defeat of his career in his hometwon of San Jose as the decorated San Shou practitioner showed a tremendous amount of patience while mercillesly picking apart Scott Smith over the course of one and a half rounds striking on his way to the second round TKO victory. A perfectly timed spinning heel kick to the ribs from Le lit the fuse and a few unanswered strikes to the battered Smith on the canvas sealed the deal.
Also on the card was Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos defending her 145 female title against a game but outmatched Jan “Cuddles” Finney. Cyborg beat Finney about the cage for the duration of the two rounds contested between the two, eventually swarming her battered and bruised opponent in the second round with a series of punches which were capitalized by a brutal fight finishing knee to the chin.
A full list of results from the event are below:
Bobby Stack def. Derrick Burnsed via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28)
Yancey Medeiros def. Gareth Joseph via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:19
Bret Bergmark def. Vagner Rocha via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
Chris Cope def. Ron Keslar via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:32
Josh Thomson def. Pat Healy via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:27
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos def. Jan Finney via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 2:56
Cung Le def. Scott Smith via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:46
Fabricio Werdum def. Fedor Emelianenko via submission (armbar/triangle) – Round 1, 1:09