Fedor Emelianenko vs. Fabricio Werdum – Strikeforce
In hindsight it may not seem like such an upset. Werdum has asserted himself as a top heavyweight and is set to fight Cain Velasquez for the UFC Heavyweight Championship later this year. In contrast, Emelianenko has retired from the sport and is now embarking on a political career in Russia.
However, when they fought Emelianenko was seen as an almost sub-human fighting machine, a man with over 30 victories and no real losses against a who’s who of fighters. Werdum was a UFC reject who had some solid victories but was seen as being nowhere near the calibre of Emelianenko.
The Brazilian proved the naysayers wrong when he goaded Emelianenko into his guard before finishing the Last Emperor via triangle choke after just 1:09 of the first round.