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Fabricio Werdum: ‘If I Beat Fedor On That Night, I’m going to Be Better Than Him On That Night’

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The majority of MMA fans and media feel that Fabricio Werdum will likely lose his fight against Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night. Apparently nobody gave Werdum the memo.

"I know it’s going to be hard but I know that I can [beat Fedor]," he explains.

Although he is confident about his chances this weekend, Werdum has no illusions of grandeur.

"If I beat Fedor on that night,  I’m better than him that night. I don’t consider myself better than anybody else," he says. "I just know that I have a place on the top. I think to beat Fedor is like having 10 belts in the house."

Having begun his MMA career as a straight Brazilian jiu-jitsu player, Werdum has worked diligently to round out his game with  solid striking and wrestling.

He credits the support of his brother and longtime friend for building the confidence that he still has today. 

"After a little while in jiu-jitsu, I started to think about MMA," Werdum recalls. "I had two guys that really believed in me in the beginning, that was my brother and my friend Mario Reis."

According to Felipe, they always knew that Fabricio was a born fighter.

"His first fight on PRIDE was against Tom Erikson," he says. "At that time nobody wanted to fight Tom Erikson and then Fabricio went there and beat Tom Erikson."

Though he admits he has put in a lot of hard work to round out his game, Fabricio credits his longtime coach and mentor for helping him get to the point in his career that he’s at.

"This is my coach Rafael Cordeiro. Three years, never the same training — different training every time. This training camp is one of the best ever I have done in my life and career. It’s a special camp that I am doing for my master Rafael Cordeiro and I have a lot of guys helping me."

Those "guys" include former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Renato "Babalu" Sobral, current Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal,  UFC and Pride standout Wanderlei Silva and Mark Munoz.

Looking forward to where he wants to be and briefly glancing back to where he came from, Werdum says he is exactly where he wants to be and points to his career as a fighter as being one of the greatest accomplishments in his life.

"When I started my career I was a jiu-jitsu fighter fighting in MMA and now I’m a pro  fighter. I love to fight," he says. "This is my life and I am so happy because I can make money doing something that I love."

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ghostboner- June 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Yeah, I had the same realization on my Ike and bobby comment. Make a not to exclude things that are likely to happen anyway, such as beating your meatus, and Ben Roethlisberger beating a hooker.
Fried Taco- June 24, 2010 at 11:21 am
If he beats Fedor on that night, then I'll beat my... wait, I do that anyway.
Mike Russell- June 24, 2010 at 5:40 am
 I think he means that he isn't a better fighter, just that he can beat Fedor.
Frank Mur- June 24, 2010 at 3:31 am
"If I beat Fedor on that night, I'm better than him that night."
And let me guess...if you lose, you're worse than him on that night? Thanks for that, CAPTAIN OBVIOUS!
DazedNConfused- June 24, 2010 at 12:15 am
Id still rather lose the 50 and see Fedor win though. The man is a champ. He's chubby, should fight at 205, trains at a playground in a hurting Russian town, and somehow tools people who train in huge centers with a bunch of nutritionists and trainers. The man is the everyday hero, who also happens to be a very likable guy.

I also couldn't stand Dana White's comments if Fedor somehow lost. It just can't happen. Good god, Dana's Ego is already large enough.
DazedNConfused- June 24, 2010 at 12:09 am
Uhh... Last time I heard bets like this was my drunk friend Mike saying if Russow beats Duffee he would eat his own ass hair.

He said this in the 2nd round, and at the end of the fight we watched him munch it down.

Im not saying don't make bets, but holy shit do fights ever go bad sometimes! haha. It's two professional fighters.

Fedor is a beast but anything can happen. He's my favorite fighter but lets just say I'm gonna be throwing 50 down on Werdum.
MMA Mafia- June 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm
I'm going to Con's.....does anybody need anything? Nevermind, I think all the locations in Houston closed.
Almost North- June 23, 2010 at 9:23 pm
^Assuming of course he can execute his game plan of winning the fight. Bam! Tough actin' tinactin
MMA Mafia- June 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm
(John Madden) If he beats Fedor that night, he'll likely win the fight.
Prometheus- June 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm
If he beats Fedor that night, I will beat my wife.
ghostboner- June 23, 2010 at 9:03 pm
If he beats Fedor that night, Ike will beat Tina and Bobby will beat Whitney.
Almost North- June 23, 2010 at 8:05 pm
If he beats Fedor that night, all of the woodland animals in Russia will riot.
ghostboner- June 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm
If he beats Fedor that night, Fedor will beat his unabomber of a priest.
ghostboner- June 23, 2010 at 7:57 pm
If he beats Fedor on that night, a leprechaun will happily hand over his pot of gold to me.
Almost North- June 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm
If he beats Fedor on that night, Dana is going to cream his pants
fatbellyfrank- June 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm
'If I Beat Fedor On That Night, I'm going to Be Better Than Him On That Night'
No shit Sherlock
MoTropolis- June 23, 2010 at 6:38 pm
I feel like this is the 3rd or 4th article I read on here about this, just with a different title...I cant wait for this fight to happen if for no other reason than to stop seeing this shitty story being retold. CP is to Werdum talking about his shot at beating Fedor as Al Bundy is to talking about his days at Polk High. We get it.
Dante- June 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm
ROFL @ Goat. You have a 1/32 chance of a cut stoppage. Better be prepared for that. lololol
jgrant- June 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm
If he's been working so hard on his striking why does it still look terrible?
Goat- June 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm
If Fabricio wins, I will eat my own dick.
2DaDeath- June 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm
I wonder what Werdum is planning on doing to avoid getting pounded on when he puts Fedor in his guard. Part of Fedor's success has been in the ability to punch thru the guard with long, casting punches.
justscrappin- June 23, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Yeah...unfortunately Fedor was created to beat bjj guys. Sick submission defense and destructive punches.
Mdot50- June 23, 2010 at 5:49 pm
I dont think Fab has a punchers chance here...