After tasting defeat for only the second time in his 10 year career, Fedor Emelianenko was typically stoic in his post-fight interview with Strikeforce commentator Gus Johnson.
“The one who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up,” he stated, clearly philosophical in defeat.
Fedor had appeared to be gaining the upper-hand early in the fight, knocking Werdum down in the opening exchange, but following the BJJ black belt to the mat proved to be a costly error of judgment.
“I was concentrating on the strikes, that’s why I made the mistake. Now we’ll make the analysis. We’ll try to figure why it happened.”
Later at the post-fight press conference Emelianenko reflected further on the defeat, and the mythology that has been built around him due to his success in both the ring and the cage over the years.
“I was made into a kind of an idol. I’m a normal human being as all of us, and if it is God’s will, the next fight I will win.”
Staying humble and defeat as he was in victory, Fedor also offered an apology to his fans for the loss.
“I am very, very sorry and it’s a pity that I disappointed people that really believed in me and trusted me, but everything in this life happens for some reason.”
Looking to the future the Russian now hopes for the chance to avenge his loss.
“Certainly I would like to have a rematch with Fabricio. If he agrees, I would love to do that.”