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Werdum Wants to Rematch Fedor ‘Six to Eight Months from Now in Russia, Rocky Balboa-Style’

(Werdum exposing the man behind the curtain)

If you think it was the adrenaline or the endorphins talking when Fabricio Werdum announced during his post fight interview Saturday night that he wanted an immediate rematch with Fedor Emelianenko, think again.

Werdum actually made the claim a couple weeks ago and has since reiterated his desire to fight "The Last Emperor" again — this time on Emelianenko’s home turf — instead of facing Strikeforce heavyweight kingpin Alistair Overeem.

"I don’t want to give a step backwards and fight against Overeem. I want to fight against Fedor from 6 to 8 months from now in Russia, Rocky Balboa style… I believe that the crowd will be with him, but people will respect me and I’ll bring my guys," he told TATAME’s Guillherme Cruz. "I’m sure that the Brazilians can make much more noise than a million of Russians.”

According to the Brazilian fighter, the postponement of the bout, which happened twice, actually worked out to his benefit as it gave him more time to prepare to face the dominant Russian.

"They scheduled it to April, then to May and I didn’t stop training, so, in fact, it ended up being a good thing for me. I was physically great — 100% mentally —
– happy, gathered with my team, my family, my mom, my brother and my sister and the crew that came from Brazil; so the vibe was 100% positive. The guys from the event went crazy because we made a lot of noise," said Werdum. "The Athletic Commission wanted to give us a fine because we were doing a huge mess, we showed our happiness for everybody. [There was] a great vibe, and it was the fight I felt best with myself. I was at ease on the ring, in the dressing room and backstage; it was great."

When asked if the punch that sent him sprawling to the canvas hurt him, "Vai Cavalo" said it didn’t really connect, chalking it up as more of a slip on his part.

"It wasn’t a knockdown, it was more like I lost my balance because of the punch, but I’d go for the ground anyway, so I felt on the ground wanting to go there," Fabricio said. "It wasn’t a knockdown, not at all. I felt the blow, but it wasn’t that strong, I just lost my balance."

Although the method in which the fight went to the ground wasn’t part of his strategy, Werdum says that the end result of Fedor pouncing to join him there after he stumbled was exactly what he hoped he would do.

"What we wanted was the submission, the rest was all part of the strategy to go for the ground as soon as possible, even if he came forward, I wanted to go for the ground. I couldn’t make my mind if I would go for his arm or his neck, I’d go one way, he defended himself, and then I went the other way," explained Werdum. "So that double attack was great, because while he defended his neck, I got his arm and tight the triangle… You can watch the video of the bout and you’ll see that I checked the feet, the shin, the arm, I checked it and I was going to stretch his arm right there. I grabbed his arm and he was about to tap out, but I didn’t work out, so I tightened the triangle and it worked."

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ShortBus- June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm
I think Werdum is smart to immediately rematch Fedor. If he can beat Fedor again, on Fedor's home turf, then that will be a worthy accomplishment and should silence the naysayers as well as his own doubt.

The win happened too quickly, IMO, and with Fedor's legendary reputation people will always think that maybe Werdum was just a lucky SOB that night. Or perhaps Fedor was overconfident and sloppy.

I think Werdum himself doubts the legitimacy of his win. Clearly everyone can agree that Werdum got the victory with the sub, however the question I think Werdum wants to answer is whether the best Werdum can beat the best Fedor. I don't think that question has been answered yet. I think that most of us believed we knew the answer to that question and the answer was "Hell No!" but then Werdum went and won his fight.

There is a reason no one gave Werdum a snowball's chance in hell of beating Fedor. Everyone can get a touch down with a Hail Mary once in awhile, just ask Matt Sera, but if Werdum can beat Fedor again then that will wash away the doubts.
noahknows- June 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm
um... watch again, fedor tried to pull back and was rolled twice. Its ok that you like fedor and don't want him to loose, its natural, but to insult him is another thing. He was beaten and thats that, I cant stand all the hype behind him, but thats all strikeforce and M-1 have.
noahknows- June 28, 2010 at 3:03 pm
for all those swing off fedors nutz....... have a bowl of deeeeeeeeeez nutz!!!
greatest fighter my ass! 3 fights in 5 years!!
noahknows- June 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm
it was great to see all those people with that "wait a minute" look!!!
jgrant- June 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm
So did Fedor kill Werdum's best friend in a fight here in the states before they fought to complete the Rocky reference?
bierergoggles- June 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm
I have already read that Werdum is recruiting Tom Lawler for the next fight. It has nothing to do with the fight itself; given the Rocky-esqe style of the rematch he figures no one can put together a better coordinated, authentic Rocky IV entrance then "The Filthy Mauler". He figures, given the circumstances, it will likely turn out to be the better performance of his evening.
Ballkick- June 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm
Almost North Says:
Mon, 06/28/2010 - 10:03
@El Famous Burrito

Writes his suicide note in fluent Russian. Courtney Love is seen fleeing the location where his body is found.

"comedy gold!"
knucklesamitch- June 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm
Why does Strikeforce even have Titles?

They offer a title shot to the winner of a catchweight bout, then that winner doesn't want the fight, he wants to avenge a loss from 11 f'n years ago...Nevermind the fact that the catchweight bout was his ONLY victory in his ONLY fight since dropping that SAME title in 60sec to a guy who went on to lose the title in his 1st defense.

Then SF starts spouting off about how the winner of Fedor/Werdum is going to get a title shot against Overeem and now the winner of THAT fight wants to fight a guy he just beat in 69sec (fluke or not).

SF has a LHW Champ who likes to call himself the "Moneyweight Champ" and he doesn't even want to defend the LHW title he wants to fight Fedor...WHO ISN'T EVEN IN HIS WEIGHT CLASS.

Here's a solution Strikeforce...Just let Cris Cyborg fight for all the titles...I know, she's a chick (supposedly)...But she sure looks like she'd be able to beat the shit out of half the roster, and she never opens her mouth about who she wants to fight, she just waits for SF to feed her the next victim.

T_Durden- June 28, 2010 at 11:51 am
This fight completely fucked up my basic MMA arithmetic skills...JDS beats Werdum, Werdum beats Fedor, yet JDS hasn't even fought top 3-5 in the UFC, nor Overeem, but Werdum already beat Overeem so...I'm so fucking confused.

About this rematch....It's a smart business decision for Werdum. Worst case scenario he goes 1-1 vs. Fedor, with the loss coming in Fedor's backyard. Gotta admit, i definitely underestimated Fabricio.
justscrappin- June 28, 2010 at 11:21 am
I will say three fights with Nog....I don't remember Fedor walking into a dangerous off his back bjj player, with no posture. It was definitely a weak maneuver...but I will also say that Werdum is probably even better then Nog...being a world champ.
meanfinger- June 28, 2010 at 11:15 am
@ sabado: see fedor never seen a DQ before, he just wanted to k.o. werdum and get back to that tasty blizzard.
agentsmith- June 28, 2010 at 11:15 am
Winning the Strikeforce title is kinda like being the prettiest waitress at Denny's. Werdum knows that beating Fedor means more to his resume and market value than winning the title ever will. Now he wants to prove that it wasn't a fluke.
LET IT RAIN- June 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
since when do fighters get to call their own fights. Coker is an idiot if he lets this happen. I watched the replay a few times and it was hilarious watching everyone's face in the crowd. It reminded me of Seth dropping Kimbo.
eviltwin- June 28, 2010 at 11:12 am
Why am I surprised that people are saying fedor threw the fight? Should've seen that coming I guess. He wasn't showing A LOT of emotion after the loss but he looked a little disappointed for sure. And the fact that he showed any emotion at all can't be good...can it?
mmaniac22- June 28, 2010 at 11:10 am
Six to eight Months??? Fedor needs to fight more often, just two months from here
cecils_pupils- June 28, 2010 at 11:02 am
iron curtain- June 28, 2010 at 10:51 am
El Guapo- June 28, 2010 at 10:48 am
Werdum + No punches landed x Victory = Royce Gracie 2010
Sabado Gigante- June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am
Would you chase a live gernade down a hole if you discovered your wedding ring got stuck to it???

Then why the hell fall in Werdum's guard like nobody's business???

Someone's ego got the best of him...

Oh well... The vanilla oreo strwaberry blizzard at Dairy Queen is straight up Schwarznigger!
youenjoyzedella- June 28, 2010 at 10:28 am
Whatever Fedor decides to do next is anyones guess. One thing is for sure, a rematch will happen at some point. Werdum was Alexsanders last defeast and now can claim both Emelianenko brothers. Not too sure that going to rest well with Fedor.
thebassmaster- June 28, 2010 at 10:23 am
Pretty ridiculous. Fight Overeem and when you lose, you can rematch Fedor.
ktfo- June 28, 2010 at 10:17 am
Werdum is scared of Reem now....He knows he will get knocked out this time around. Fedor fight was bullshit...he lost on purpose......he could of backed out and stood back up on several occasions during that fight....He was tired of all eyes on him.....Fedor is a great fighter...and I am in no way a fedor nuthugger....but that was some busch league bullshit.
Japanadian- June 28, 2010 at 10:17 am
Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum, doens't want a title shot vs Overeem?
Does Vai Cavalo stand for Big Chicken?
wtf it posted twice

Japanadian- June 28, 2010 at 10:15 am
Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum, doens't want a title shot vs Overeem?
Does Vai Cavalo stand for Big Chicken?
Crusader86- June 28, 2010 at 10:08 am
They should just do Werdum vs Overeem and let Fedor go after whoever wins for the title. Or have Fedor fight the loser and then go after the title.