Alistair Overeem Says Fedor is a “Little Bit Out of the Picture”

Many MMA fans continue to try to make sense of the sport’s landscape, just two days removed from Fedor Emelianenko’s stunning loss to Fabricio Werdum. Fedor’s first defeat in a decade just wasn’t supposed to happen; not against Werdum, despite the Brazilian’s ever increasing abilities. Really, when you think about it, Fedor was kind of […]

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Many MMA fans continue to try to make sense of the sport’s landscape, just two days removed from Fedor Emelianenko’s stunning loss to Fabricio Werdum. Fedor’s first defeat in a decade just wasn’t supposed to happen; not against Werdum, despite the Brazilian’s ever increasing abilities. Really, when you think about it, Fedor was kind of effed with this fight either way. If he won, Fedor’s critics would say all he had done was beat a guy that got bombed out by Junior Dos Santos. Someone, “The Last Emperor” could have elected to fight, if he hadn’t ‘dodged’ tough competition in the UFC…But, Fedor lost, so here’s more on the flip side of that undesirable coin…

For many of Fedor’s critics, Saturday’s result was likely proof that the Russian legend’s reign as the world’s #1 P4P fighter has long been over (beating Hong Man Choi just didn’t do it for a lot of people…). Of course Alistair Overeem was also adversely affected by Saturday’s result, as now the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion may never face Emelianenko, in what could have been the promotion’s biggest fight to date. Speaking to Sherdog.com, the Dutchman had this to say, when asked about Fedor’s future:

“Fedor’s a little bit out of the picture,” said Overeem. “He has one more fight on his (Strikeforce) contract and I don’t know against who he’ll fight. He might retire after that anyway. He might retire now. He’s the X-factor.”

Out of the picture huh? Not surprising considering Overeem also claims that Fedor turned down a fight with him in May. MMA is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ sport, but, we’re thinking Fedor still has some big wins in him yet. Check out the entire Overeem interview here.

MMA Wrap-Up Takes on Fedor’s Loss, Werdum’s Triumph

Filed under: Strikeforce, VideosWell, that’s the last time I try to think ahead and write my MMA Wrap-Up scripts before the fights actually happen. I wasted five hours (okay, that included a break to watch four episodes of “Law & Order”) writing a …

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Well, that’s the last time I try to think ahead and write my MMA Wrap-Up scripts before the fights actually happen. I wasted five hours (okay, that included a break to watch four episodes of “Law & Order”) writing a poem in tribute to Fedor Emelianenko‘s continued dominance, only to have it ruined by Fabricio Werdum and his pesky submission skills. And after I worked so hard to think of words that rhymed with Emelianenko.

Never fear, though. The Wrap-Up is back to deliver all the MMA commentary you need, yet without subjecting you to the tedium of reading about it. In this episode we explore what it means for the world of MMA now that “The Last Emperor” has been knocked off his throne, and what the potential consequences will be for Strikeforce, M-1 Global, and even the UFC.

All that, and in less time than it takes to make yourself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Trust me, I timed it. The full video is below.

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker: Fedor Emelianenko will return "with a vengeance"

Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stands in support of Fedor Emelianenko beyond the implications of the fighter’s shocking 69-second submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum” event.

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Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stands in support of Fedor Emelianenko beyond the implications of the fighter’s shocking 69-second submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at this past Saturday’s “Strikeforce and M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Werdum” event.

“He’s how you expect to see a mixed martial artist act and present himself,” Coker said. “This is a spiritual journey for him. It’s not just about a fight.”

And while Emelianenko undoubtedly lost some of his luster with the loss, Coker said the fighter will rebound from the setback.


Werdum’s Victory Was Throwback to Sport’s Roots

Filed under: StrikeforceEvery once in a while, we need a reminder of where we came from. In the modern mixed martial arts family tree, the deepest roots are those of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the art that spawned the original Ultimate Fighting Championship …

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Every once in a while, we need a reminder of where we came from. In the modern mixed martial arts family tree, the deepest roots are those of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the art that spawned the original Ultimate Fighting Championship tournament back on Nov. 12, 1993, that art that was essentially showcased on that night.

Unbeknowst to most of us at the time, the tournament was essentially designed as an infomercial. So confident were the Gracies that BJJ would reign supreme, they chose the smallest of the fighting family, Royce, as their representative. It took him five minutes to win three matches that night. His striking was, shall we say, rudimentary, as he tapped out all three opponents with submissions.

Fabricio Werdum‘s win over Fedor Emelianenko may not have the far-lasting historical ramifications of Gracie conquering of the tournament field — that remains to be seen — but it’s in many ways an homage to the sport’s roots in this: Werdum beat the man most consider the sport’s greatest all-time heavyweight without landing a single strike.

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 ag…


(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.”

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With Joe Stevenson injured, Tyson Griffin meets Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2

Following a recent setback to rising prospect Evan Dunham, UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin has replaced Joe Stevenson and faces Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2.

Stevenson recently injured his knee in training and was forced to withdraw from the bout. …

Following a recent setback to rising prospect Evan Dunham, UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin has replaced Joe Stevenson and faces Takanori Gomi at UFC on Versus 2.

Stevenson recently injured his knee in training and was forced to withdraw from the bout. Veteran MMA reporter Dave Meltzer first reported the change, and MMAjunkie.com subsequently confirmed the news with sources close to the event.

UFC on Versus 2 takes place on Aug. 1 at the San Diego Sports Arena in California.