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‘Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Werdum’ Aftermath: Well, Holy Shit

(…. ….*crickets* …. …. PhotoProps: Strikeforce)

In the days and weeks following Fedor Emelianenko’s stunning loss to Fabricio Werdum inside the Strikeforce cage on Saturday night, some jerk with a website or internet radio show will probably try to tell you that he saw this coming. When that happens it will be important for you to remember that, aside from a very, very select group of individuals, those people are goddamned liars.

In retrospect – and retrospect always feels cheap – maybe it’s not shocking that Emelianenko lost a fight down the stretch of his storied MMA career. Regardless of the nonsensical stuff Frank Shamrock told us at the top of last night’s broadcast about Fedor’s “impenetrable shield of invincibility,” Emelianenko himself has taken pains to remind us again and again that he is, in fact, just a man; a man who puts his traditional Russian garments on one leg at a time like everybody else.

But to lose this fight? Admit it, you didn’t see that coming.

What was additionally shocking was that Fedor appeared to bring the defeat on himself by making such a classic rookie mistake. After dropping Werdum with a blitz of his signature winging punches just a few seconds into the fight, Emelianenko followed him to the mat with a wild aggression befitting a much less experienced fighter. Even after the jiu jitsu ace almost snared him in an arm bar early on, it didn’t look like Fedor even considered the possibility he might get caught in a submission while he was dropping unchecked hammerfists on Werdum’s head. The 6-foot-4 Brazilian, meanwhile, calmly adjusted his legs to lock in a triangle choke.

Even when it became clear that Fedor was stuck and his head started to turn a deep shade of purple, we all had to be thinking, “He’s going  to get out of this … he’s going to get out of this …,” right up to the moment that the choke/arm bar elicited a single, defeated tap to Werdum’s left leg. Turns out, Emelianenko even taps differently than everyone else in MMA.

The end, like in a lot of big-time MMA fights, was a bit anticlimactic. It took just a minute, nine seconds and aside from Fedor’s early flurry, which made it look like the outcome was going to be just as academic as we all thought in the week leading up to the fight, there wasn’t a lot to see. Still, even for the most strident supporters of “The Last Emperor” it was hard not to feel kind of good for Werdum, who looked just as surprised as everybody else (maybe more so) as he raced across the cage with his hands raised as soon as referee John McCarthy called a stop to the fight.

“My feel is very, very happy,” a clearly elated Werdum said when Gus Johnson  asked him about his feelings during their post-fight interview. He also acknowledged the unpredictable and sort-of indefinite nature of his own win, saying even he still felt Fedor was the best fighter in the world.

That final question – Is Fedor still the best? — is certainly one Strikeforce is going to have to grapple with duiring the next few weeks. The loss naturally appears to dash the company’s plans to have Emelianenko fight Alistair Overeem for the title later in the year. While a meeting between Werdum and Alistair would be OK, it wouldn’t have nearly the same sizzle of Fedor vs. Overeem, a fight so potentially big that CEO Scott Coker had even talked about trying to put it on pay-per-view. Obviously, Strikeforce isn’t above having a guy who just lost fight for the title, but that would seem like a giant cop-out in this situation. For his part, Werdum said he’d like to fight Fedor again, as if he too needs to see this shit again to believe it.

From somewhere in the world, UFC President Dana White tweeted a giant smiley face in the moments following the fight. Stay classy, Big DW. By comparison, Fedor himself was the picture of civility following his first real career loss.

“I was made into a kind of an idol,” he said at the post-fight press conference. “I’m a normal human being as all of us, and if it is God’s will, the next fight I will win.”

Emelianenko has one fight left on his contract with Strikeforce and said that he will honor that commitment.

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Chiggs- June 28, 2010 at 11:52 am
THE only reason that Strikeforce might have any concerns about their future is not just the Fact that Fedor has lost, it was bound to happen, and if marketed right, can still lead to a big payout for all involved, but as much as I hate saying it, but, they might lose out on some big paydays now that Frank has Retired. He may or may not be washed up,past prime,sucked or whatever, but theres no denying that the 3 biggest events SF has done were all with Shammy headlining their cards. Between Shamrock retiring, and Fedor losing(depending how he rebounds) might put a dent in their business and Definetly cant/wont bode well for a PPV me thinks.
Robocop Didnt Tap- June 28, 2010 at 6:50 am
I risked my life to get this information and I don't know how long it'll be before Vlad and the rest of the Russian mafia get to me, but the truth must be known...the world must see Fedorbot's program log from Saturday!!

> if vector=0; exe right_cross.fdr
> if opp.v.pos=0; exe hammerfist.fdr
> if arm.vector>30; exe armbar_escape.fdr
armbar_escape.fdr successfully loaded
> res hammerfist.fdr
> if triangle_choke.vector=1; exe triangle_escape.fdr
((ERROR)) triangle_escape.fdr not found
triangle_escape.fdr deleted 06-25-10 by user dwhite
initiating shutdown
ComaPlata- June 28, 2010 at 4:10 am
Wow! I'm proud of FbF. You are correct Sir. I did not intend that as a "your wife" joke. It was a play on pinkys lack of Aussie originality. When I think Aussie, I think, Fosters and tossing shrimps on barbies. I guess I could have said "Tell your wife to earn her keep and get me another Foster's." But that seems like it belongs on the 'Fedor vs Werdum' Aftermath blog. Yall have a good day... or night.
vengful1- June 28, 2010 at 1:04 am
You would think a fighter like Fedor (that has won many fights via sub) would know better than to jump into what was basically a double sub from a guy that is one of the best in the world on the ground. That's exactly what Werdum wanted and Fedor took him lightly. He could have just let him get up and punch him some more. A rookie mistake from a legend.

That being said, I think he would have a tough time in the UFC vs the big boys like Brock and Carwin and the very dangerous JDS and Brown Pride. He will probably come back strong in Strikeforce, but not in the UFC if he chooses to jump ship. Either way, he was embarassed tonight.
dumbfucks- June 27, 2010 at 11:22 pm
Hey dummy, every champion UFC ever had has made if not similar but WORSE mistakes then Fedor has PERIOD. Do something-
fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 10:15 pm
@ rite leg, I'll do my best to keep u entertained, I normally read the @ someone posts cause thats usually when it gets real interesting, didn't realise you guys were havin a private conversation so my bad.
I'm not sure if I could glorify mine and comas lil to and fro as a battle of wits, but appreciate the compliment, and I din't think Coma made a your wife joke, I'm sure if that had been his intention he would have rocked me with something a bit more offensive than that. (or at least I hope he would)
All in all, its been a pretty fun day here at the Nation, plenty of ball busting, shit talking and quite a few LOL moments, just the way us sicko retarts like it.
We'll see you and your buddy Coma same bat time same bat channel and see if we cant do it all again sometime soon
Take care Buddy
Ya Donkey Fucker LOL
dranokills- June 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm
pinkyslayer Says:
Mon, 06/28/2010 - 04:48

agreed. you've an obligation, you shitty australian kangaroo fucker
you forgot to capitalize the A. I guess that makes you a dumbass.
Of course fucking with FBF also makes you a double dumbass, but nothing new there at all.
looks to me again like NOBODY thought you were funny, and everyone once again banded against you. when will you learn you are NOT one of us. you have along way to go young padawan.
in the immortal words of yoda :"fuck off you must, hmmmmmm"!
MMAINMYBLOOD- June 27, 2010 at 9:12 pm
nickyroose you are an over exagerating idiot!! Anderson silva!!! WHat!! Get his cock out of your mouth when you speak!!! You said it your self you have to fight the best to be the best... Silva hasnt fought the best since he beat Franklin the first time.. after that Franklin hasnt been able to show much of his former self... but with that fact aside... lutter..bum...Nate ...not on the level... not even close to the best....franklin .. not a good rematch franklin was scared..Hendo.. not after losing to rampage.. did he deserve a title shot.. nope.. too old to challenge... honestly.. Irvin Cote and Lietes??? LOL not even going to explain those.. Griffin not a middle wieght and not even close to the best in his wieghtclass... and Maia well he was the lucky one for two reasons... lucky because the ufc has no more viable middleweights and they really havent in years... and also lucky anderson didnt take him seriously so he didnt get anihilated... so no he is not the best pound for pound.. not even close the sonnen fight is garbage... Vitor should get a shot and that to me would be worth watching.. .. Fedor is not either... I believe this distinction goes to Jose ALdo... he has beat all comers.. and there is no lack of good fighters in his weight class.. so next time ur going to deep throat the spider make sure its not on this site and make sure he is done training with steven segal too!!Douche
rite leg ospitahl- June 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm
oh my god. i had to go to supper. i come back and see a huge battle of epicness going on between my boy coma and the always posting fatbelly frank. on a side note im sorry that my punctuation or "mangaling" of the english languages makes for a more difficult read. now back to the matter at hand. myself and coma were sharing a two comment inside joke. i thought since we preluded with the courtsey @ so and so that it would be understood to be for him to comment back on. perhaps the rules or memos were not distrubuted properly. at any rate i would also like to point out that this battle of wit has been reduced to "your wife jokes" and i scorn at all parties concerned. however i will say that it has been incredibly fun observing this one and lets see if we can move on to another.
fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 8:09 pm
@ coma, correct statement in Aussie vernacular (she wont understand anything else) would be "Chuck another prawn on the Barbie darl"
And no wouldn't be a cliche, I tell her every Friday night
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 8:00 pm
Coma, you can call my Mom whatever you want. She's dead to me. Fucking dead to me.
fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm
Yeah, back from Lunch, just about ready to start for the day, and Coma, go careful with those toilets
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 7:15 pm
It's OK, I understand.
Swedish- June 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm
Fedor nuthuggers I'm sorry he lost. I hate SF and M1, not fedor.

I just wanna see the best fight the best. Sf is preventing exactly that. I hope they burn
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm
Quit lickin' the platypus, pull yer dick out of the wallaby, and koala up some fucking spreadsheets you lazy ass egg-laying echidna. You marsupials make the worst government contractors, I swear. I hope your boss gets all tasmanian on that ass since all you do is fuck around on the internet. Geez.
ComaPlata- June 27, 2010 at 7:04 pm
Well guys its been fun but them toilets aren't going to plunge themselves tomorrow. Yall have a good evening... or morning.
fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 7:03 pm
@ Pinky "I feel like this experience has brought us all closer.

To flaming homosexuality."

You say it like its a bad thing
ComaPlata- June 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Would it be too cliché if I told your wife to "throw another shrimp on the barbie"?
pinkyslayer- June 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm
I feel like this experience has brought us all closer.

To flaming homosexuality.

try some of these, dick_misanthropenis


sharp mountains with valleys full of thumb tacks will keep anyone out.
fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Thank you Coma, sort of getting it, but as most in jokes they're funny as fuck to those in on em, and I'm gonna be honest here, I struggled reading rite legs posts, they really were a bit hard to follow.
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 6:59 pm
Get busy on those spreadsheets and I'll get busy spreading the sheets back at yer place, while you're busy working, if you catch my drift /wink wink\.

fatbellyfrank- June 27, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Now thats more like it, thank you boys, @ Coma, we actually dodged the worst of the GFC down here, and I work for govt contractors, so it's not like we're gonna go to the wall, but I appreciate your concern for my family.
@ Pinky, not bad not bad, your aware we have wombats and platypus (platypus'es, platypi?) which work just as well as Kangaroo's in the bestiality jokes, and you'll probably get props for originality if you use an animal other than a Kangaroo or Koala, just sayin, thats not bad though when I read it first I'm like WTF, and then I'm like, oh yeah he actually just responded promptly and in a totally appropriate manner to my request.
So, once again thank you both. keep up the good work.
ComaPlata- June 27, 2010 at 6:55 pm

Context clues there buddy. Rite says "by the way when u comment back remeber i didnt say nothing bout ur boy iceman so i dont wanna hear vitors name out of those trampy lips." Let's have a closer look. "your boy iceman". One would gather from this statement that Chuck Liddell is "my boy" or "my favorite fighter". Next comes "so i dont wanna hear vitors name out of those trampy lips". When you add the two together you could assume since Chuck is my favorite fighter than Vitor must be his and, I am obviously a tramp with lips. My next comment was "UFC 37.5". That would be the UFC event that Chuck beat Vitor via decision. I was clever enough to give him a hard time about Vitor with out Vitor's name being used. You feel a little bit more "in the loop" now?
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 6:54 pm
I'm going to get Tap uT tatooed across my ass.
Your guess as to where I will get the o...
Dick_Misanthropenis- June 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Hey, how'd you fuckers scale my +'s? They told me down at the lumber yard that shit would keep all the ruffians at bay.