Last year Fabricio Werdum shocked the world when he became the first man to defeat Fedor Emelianenko in 10 years. Now, just months later he watched on as his fellow countryman Antonio ‘Big Foot’ Silva handed the Russian another loss.
After the event Werdum offered his thoughts on the fight, Fedor’s performance, and more in an interview with Ariel Helwani.
Read keynotes from their conversation below, or scroll down to watch the interview for yourself.
– Werdum says he’s happy that his friend ‘Big Foot’ won the fight, though he admits he’s a little disappointed that it means that a potential rematch between himself and Fedor now won’t be possible in the semi-finals since that was a fight the fans want to see.
– The Brazilian states his belief that Fedor’s camp may have been the reason behind his recent two-fight losing streak. Werdum says you need to be pushed in training, and also be quality fighters regularly in sparring. He questions whether that was the case for Fedor who stayed in his native Russia in the lead up to the fight, and suggested he would have been better off having his camp in the U.S.
– Werdum conceded that it may just simply be that years of fighting are now catching up with the legendary fighter, and perhaps he’s just no longer motivated to continue fighting. After watching him this evening Werdum also feels the Russian no longer has the same power he used to have in his heyday.
– As for his own upcoming quarter-final fight with Alistair Overeem in April, Werdum says that his opponent is a much different fighter than he defeated four years ago, and assures fans that he’s training hard and only focusing on this fight.
– Werdum says he’s not sure where that fight will take place, but that despite rumors of it being held in Japan he’d prefer it was held in the US where his fan base is now growing following his own win over Fedor.
– Reacting to the other big fight this evening, Werdum says he told Sergei Kharitonov before the fight that he would win by KO. If Werdum makes it to the final though he believes there’s a good possibility he may face Josh Barnett who also fights in on Strikeforce’s April card.
Check out Werdum’s full interview below.