Strikeforce: Fabricio Werdum Ends Fedor Emelianenko Run

The Fedor Emelianenko puzzle has been solved for the first time in almost ten years, and Brazilian Fabricio Werdum took all of 69 seconds to do so. Werdum, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, broke Emelianenko’s cloak of invincibility with a brilliant arm bar and triangle choke in the first round of their fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, forcing the Russian MMA veteran to tap out and suffer his first loss in 28 fights.

The end came quickly for Emelianenko, who was expected to showcase anew the strength that made him one of the most feared fighters in MMA. As expected, Emelianenko started strong, throwing a powerful right hand that missed his target but nonetheless dropped Werdum to the mat. And then the end came.

Emelianenko lunged at Werdum in the hopes of ending the fight quickly, and boy it did for the Russian heavyweight. Emelianenko suddenly found his head locked in Werdum’s long legs. The Russian tried to wriggle his way out of the trap but Werdum, in a masterful maneuver, caught his opponent in a left arm bar and followed it up wit a triangle choke that left Emelianenko no other choice but to tap out in surrender.

In a post-fight interview, Emelianenko admitted his folly of being careless. “I made a mistake,” he said.