Friday, November 26, 2021

Ready For Fedor vs. Werdum

By JOHN SPECHT
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer

The announcement of Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum was generally met with a luke warm response from fight fans across the globe. This is routine now, as we have yet to see a true “superfight” from Fedor in his post Pride glory. Some of this was due to the fact that the matchup in general seemed underwhelming, even though Werdum is a great fighter in his own right. Others are still bitter that Fedor didn't end up in the UFC, which would have guaranteed awesome fights the fans have been clamoring for.

Either way, all we can do now is focus on the present and start talking about the fight at hand, anti-climatic as it might be. Werdum summed it up pretty good upon signing on the dotted line to meet Fedor June 26th, in San Jose.

“It's my turn to fight Fedor. I have a lot of respect for Fedor. Fedor is the best in the world.”

Fabricio recently talked about his thoughts on the fight, and Fedor's ability to rain down punches in the guard of some of the world's best. This including the likes of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who found himself on the wrong end of Fedor's ground and pound assault.

“Anything can happen in a fight and we can't predict how it is going to be, but we can plan for different situations. I have been studying Fedor with my coaches on every detail. I really trust my guard and if we look back into my fights, I haven't been hit much from that position. I know Fedor is a totally different fighter, but I believe in my jiu-jitsu…I am very confident right now since we have built a very solid team for my fight preparation.”

Though most fight fans and media types won't give Werdum a shot, you know he is going to approach that night like it's life or death. He knows how big a win would be over the invincible Fedor. A fighter who has reached a more feared status than even Mike Tyson did during his prime. Definitely career changing.

Is it possible for Werdum to pull the upset?

As history shows, anything can happen in this sport, but a victory over “The Last Emporer?”

By Werdum?

“I have three months to train for the most important fight of my life. I already have a strategy set. I can't submit a guy like Fedor in the arm, in the leg, he would never tap. I'll make history. Beating Fedor doesn't mean I'm better than him, because he's the man, but I'll be better than him in that night.”

Adding a different twist to the usual pre-fight hype is Alistair Overeem's recent comments about his take on Fedor's status as the top heavyweight in the world, if not the top fighter, depending on who you ask.

“I think they want to keep Fedor's status as undefeated, I think they see me as a threat to that,” Overeem said. “One of the managers of M-1 Global, I know him personally, he knows the way I train, he knows what I'm capable of.

“I've been trying to fight Fedor for sometime now, and Fedor doesn't care to fight me,” said Overeem. “What are you going to do if you have one party that wants to fight, and the other party doesn't want to fight, then you don't have a fight.”

As always, the M-1 brass tried to play down the talk of Fedor's fights being handpicked by his managment team.

“As we've mentioned in the past, Fedor fights whoever is put in front of him,” Kogan today told sources. “If Overeem is presented by the Strikeforce matchmakers as Fedor's next opponent, then that is who Fedor is going to fight.”

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