If you’ve only recently become a fan of MMA, then there are several fights which must be added to your viewing bucket list, and the bout below is one of them.
When Fabricio Werdum faced Fedor Emelianenko in 2010, not only was the latter the consensus, greatest heavyweight on the planet, many folks had him as the greatest fighter ever (and lots of people still do). At the time, Emelianenko hadn’t lost a bout in ten years, and his only loss at the time had been due to a cut.
After the UFC couldn’t come to terms with Fedor, the Russian fighter reached a deal with Strikeforce, and he was booked to face Werdum in his promotional debut. People understood the latter was ridiculously good on the ground, but few observers, if any, were predicting Werdum would win the fight.
In advance of UFC 188, the promotion has posted Werdum’s win over Emelianenko, which shook the MMA world to its very core. “Vai Cavalo” went on to face Alistair Overeem a year later, and lost the bout via UD. That fight marked the last time Werdum has been defeated, as since then, he’s gone on to win five straight and lay claim to the UFC’s interim heavyweight title.
Up next, Werdum will face reigning champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 188 on June 13th.