Monday, June 28, 2010


Fabricio Werdum's upset win over Fedor Emelianenko on Saturday night wasn't the only thing that happened on Strikeforce and M-1 Global's "Fedor vs. Werdum" event on Showtime, as Cung Le found redemption against Scott Smith and Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos defended her Women's 145 lb. Championship for the second time.

Le and Smith faced off in a rematch of their December headlining bout. Smith won the first fight with a come from behind knockout in the third round after Le punished him for the entire fight. There would not be a repeat perormance.

Smith felt more confident in himself heading into this bout, and he immediately chased after Le to start the fight. But Le was able to avoid Smith's rushes, hitting him with well timed shots as Smith engaged. He was eventually able to get separation and began tagging Smith with more and more shots.

In the second round, Le was able to begin implementing his kicks into the arsenal as well. The end came after Le's continued body shots put Smith to the ground as a spinning heel kick landed right to the liver. Smith buckled over in pain and Le finished the assault on the cage with a knee to the body and a few punches, forcing the ref to stop the fight.

It was an emotional victory for Le, who earlier in the week had another son after his wife endured 14 hours of labor before undergoing an emergency c-section. He has now avenged the only loss on his record.

The Women's Championship bout was the third bout down on the night's card, and it provided one of the more uncomfortable viewing experiences in women's MMA history.

The bout was a clear mis-match when it was put together. Cyborg was as high as a -2500 favorite on most betting sites for a reason: Finney had no chance.

From the outset this fight became a one-sided beating. Finney was able to connect on a few punches, but it was Cyborg who rocked Finney multiple times, knocking her down on four occasions in the first round. Finney's "defense" consisted of turtling up and trying to grab for an ankle to hold on, but referee Kim Winslow refused to stop the fight, instead telling Finney to "fight back."

Cyborg had a point deducted in the first round because of landing a number of strikes to the back of the head, but somehow the round still came to an end with the fight continuing.

The assault continued in the second round, with Cyborg knocking Finney down yet again. Cyborg was at times reluctant to continue putting the beating on, but continue she did and the fight was finally stopped at 2:56 of the second round.

In the opening fight on the night's card, Josh Thomson picked up his first submission win since 2007, securing a rear naked choke on Pat Healy late in the final round of a good fight. Thomson now continues on his road toward a rubber match with Gilbert Melendez.    By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch


Saturday night, Werdum shocked the mixed-martial-arts world by forcing the mythical MMA figure Fedor Emelianenko of Russia to tap out 1:09 into the first round as Brazilian jiu jitsu specialist Werdum caught him in a triangle choke and an arm bar, stunning 12,698 inside San Jose's HP Pavilion.
The loss was Emelianenko's first in 28 fights since 2000 and revealed that the mysterious "Last Emperor" is indeed human.
"He got caught," said Emelianenko's co-promoter Scott Coker, the chief executive of Strikeforce. "Everyone gets caught in this sport.
"It was a Rocky-esque performance by Fabricio. I couldn't believe what I was seeing when I saw Fedor tapping out. This was a magic moment in the history of mixed martial arts."
Werdum, 32, said, "I'm so happy. How do I feel? I wish everyone could feel the way I do right now.
"Fedor's the best in the world. Ten years, no losses. He's my idol.. Now, I beat my idol."
The Brazilian, a resident of Marina del Rey, was expected to be a legitimate test for Fedor but not as stiff as the Strikeforce champion Alistair Overeem, who may have been deprived now of a date with Fedor and Werdum; Emelianenko's M-1 boss, Vadim Finkelstein, said afterward that he wanted to call for a rematch and "prove Fedor is still the best."
Coker admitted "a lot of it depends on what M-1 wants to do." Asked if that meant that an Emelianenko-Werdum rematch on CBS or pay-per-view would likely become Fedor's third and possible final fight with Strikeforce, Coker said, "Probably ... people will want to see a rematch."
Fedor's loss will clearly affect his negotiating leverage in future negotiations either to extend his deal with Strikeforce or join the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Coker said he believed Emelianenko's next fight would be especially critical in revealing whether the Russian legend suffered just a hiccup in Saturday's defeat or if his 33 years are getting the best of him.
Emelianenko admitted after the loss that he mistakenly relied on the notion that he could escape any problematic hold. "I didn't work enough," he said, "I'll have to work more."
Werdum was decked in the fight's opening seconds by a Fedor right hand, but on the ground, he had Emelianenko where he wanted him.
"This was the plan," Werdum said. "On the ground."
Werdum choked Fedor's neck with his legs, made him turn and squeezed harder while pressing Emelianenko's arm into a badly contorted spot. With his right hand, Emelianenko tapped Werdum's side to quit. Emelianenko said it was the triangle choke that made him tap out.
"I caught the chance, and I didn't let him go," Werdum said, smiling while surrounded on the post-fight news conference by his friends Renato "Babalu" Sobral and, Saturday's winner, Cris "Cyborg" Santos. "I never fear a fight. I like to fight. I looked at Fedor, and I was confident. I had a hard training [camp], and I believe in myself."
-- Lance Pugmire
Fedor Emelianenko, left, and Fabricio Werdum trade punches in the first round of a Strikeforce/M-1 Global mixed-martial-arts match in San Jose on June 26, 2010. Credit: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


With talks of Fedor Emelianenko contemplating retirement sooner rather than later it by be time for everyone to finally realize that Fedor may never fight in the UFC, according to Dana White:

"[Co-promotion with them] will never happen in a million years. [Strikeforce is] a minor league. Listen I have come to the realization and everyone else needs to too that Fedor (Emelianenko) doesn’t want to fight the best guys in the world. Believe me when I tell you guys I have done everything in my power, I have flown to crazy parts of the world, done all this stuff, been on the phone for hours, not hung out with my kids on weekends because I’m on the phone with these lunatics and just can’t make the deal. They don’t want to do it so we gotta get over it."

It'll be a damn shame if this ends up being true.