Fabricio Werdum hopes to shock the world … again
By: Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports
"Fabricio Werdum has been down this path before. In 2010, he was pitted against Fedor Emelianenko, who had never truly lost a fight.
"At that stage, Emelianenko was 31-1, and his only defeat was a TKO via doctor stoppage on a cut that came from an illegal elbow. It was a bad call, and Emelianenko hardly deserved to lose.
"At the time he'd met Werdum, Emelianenko had won 27 bouts in a row and was widely regarded as the top fighter in the sport's history.
"Werdum, on the other hand, was a talented but enigmatic athlete, one as equally prone to moments of brilliance as well as stretches of ineptitude.
"For all his ability, he'd lost three of his previous eight fights when he squared off with Emelianenko. There was nothing to suggest that he'd dominate the fight the way he did.
"Werdum submitted Emelianenko barely a minute into the first round. All the knocks against Werdum – he was soft, he lacked focus, he wasn't disciplined – went away in the 69 seconds he needed to submit the legendary Russian with a triangle choke and arm bar.
"It's five years later and the topic of that victory never gets old for Werdum."
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