Having not suffered a legitimate defeat in more than ten years competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts led many to believe that Fedor Emelianenko was as close to unbeatable as anyone in the sport.
Unfortunately for Fedor and his legions of fans throughout the globe, every man can be beaten.
Such was the case this past weekend as decorated Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Fabricio Werdum handed the long dominant Russian Sambo expert the first true loss of his career in the form of an air-tight armbar/triangle conversion during the main event of “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum“.
While many sceptics would love to point at the defeat as a sign that Fedor has somehow lost his lethal touch in the heavyweight division, the more likely scenario is that Emelianenko finally made a crucial mistake that ended up costing him following more than thirty tests as a professional.
“I was quick to attack Werdum on the ground and committed a fatal error against a prominent opponent,” admitted Fedor in a recent release at M-1Global.com. “I believe in my abilities as a fighter and will return to my training with a newfound outlook. I will use this moment to reflect and return stronger to fight in America.
“It happens so that I was made an idol. Everybody loses. That happens. I’m an ordinary human being as all of us are.”
So where does the greatest heavyweight fighter of our time go from here?
Werdum made it a point to confess his desire to face off with Emelianenko one more time immediately following the pair’s clash in San Jose, and it now looks as if Fedor’s camp wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I think a rematch with Werdum will bring a different outcome than what we witnessed this evening and would be in the best interests of the promotions and for the sport,” said Fedor representative and M-1 Global co-founder, Vadim Finkelchtein. ”This is an opportunity for us to learn and evolve.”
M-1 Global has further stated that Emelianenko would prefer a return to action in early Fall. September and October have specifically been referenced as possible ideal return dates for Fedor.
Stay tuned to FiveOuncesofPain.com as we keep you up to date on any developments regarding Fedor’s return date and opponent.