The moment has finally come – ‘The Last Emperor’s’ reign of terror over the world of MMA has come to an end in just 69 seconds of his bout with Fabricio Werdum.
Fedor had went 10 years unbeaten and started strongly, knocking down Werdum with punches in the early stages of the fight.
In the blink of an eye the tables turned though as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert showed that the Russian is human after all by catching him in a tight triangle choke, and further turned up the heat further by simultaneously locking in an armbar leaving him with no option but to tap.
The defeat marks only the second loss of Fedor’s career and the first time he’s been submitted, but it’s a huge blow to the fighter, his management M-1 Global who have built their brand around him, and Strikeforce who had been poised to set-up a huge fight between Fedor and Alistair Overeem before this massive upset.
“I feel very, very happy,” Werdum said afterward. “I feel so happy. … Fedor is the best in the world. Tonight I beat Fedor, but Fedor is the best.”