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Fabricio Werdum Apologizes for Crap Performance Against Alistair Overeem

Fabricio Werdum put together one of the sorriest excuses for a fight Saturday night in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. His opponent Alistair Overeem, who won by unanimous decision, said Werdum should be ashamed of the way he fought. He’s right. At least Werdum recognized that and apologized for his poor showing.

“I’m still trying to figure out what happened to me that night,” Werdum told Sherdog.com. “It wasn’t me fighting. What I did was awful, ugly to see. I want to apologize to Brazilian fans and MMA fans.”

“I felt he was much, much stronger than me,” Werdum said of Overeem. “I tried to take him down many times, with double-legs, single-legs… but it was like hitting a wall. He was impressively strong.”

Alright, so at least he apologized and hopefully he won’t pull that crap again. I don’t mind his strategy of trying to take the fight to the mat to work his jiu-jitsu, but laying on the mat the way he did and refusing to engage was pathetic. Still, you can’t help but feel somewhat badly for the guy after hearing his description of Overeem’s strength.

When the two fought for the first time in 2006, Overeem wasn’t the superhuman beast he is now. He’s put on around 40 pounds of muscle since then, raising suspicion from other fighters. His build looks unnatural to say the least. I just can’t understand why Werdum says he wants a rematch; he’d have no chance.

Alistair Overeem: Fabricio Werdum Did Not Hit Hard, Should be Ashamed

Alistar Overeem beat Fabricio Werdum in Dallas Saturday evening as part of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. The fight was a major disappointment because of Werdum’s strategy. Werdum tried to take the fight to the ground and tried to do it anyway possible — by going for takedowns, by flopping, or just by laying on the ground and begging Overeem to join him. Because of that, the fight was extremely boring and it resulted in a unanimous win for Overeem.

Overeem expressed his disappointment with Werdum’s performance, telling Fighter’s Only Magazine “It takes two to tango. I’m disappointed but I think Fabricio should be ashamed of his performance. Looking back on the fight, I don’t believe he came to fight and he was stalling a lot.”

“I’m just a little but frustrated he didn’t try do more in his stand up,” The Reem continued. “Because then it would have been a far more interesting fight and probably a knockout.”

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Fabricio Werdum Enjoying His Win Over Fedor Emelianenko a Little Too Much

It’s been nearly eight months since Fabricio Werdum pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent MMA history, shockingly submitting Fedor Emelianenko 1:06 into their June fight in San Jose (watch the video here). Fedor had lost in his fifth career fight back in 2000, but nobody really considered that a blemish on his record because he was illegally cut in the fight. The Russian star was 32-1 leading up to his bout with Werdum, and he’s still considered by many people to be the best heavyweight fighter in the world and one of the best MMA fighters all time.

Consider Werdum in that group, because after the fight he said that Fedor was the best fighter in the world. He’s also so pleased with his win that he’s apparently watched it more than Ray Finkle watched the laces in video. During a press conference to hype up Strikeforce’s Heavyweight Grand Prix, Werdum was asked how many times he’s watched the video of himself beating Fedor. His answer as relayed by MMAFighting.com: “No joking, maybe 1,000 times. No joke. I watch it all the time at home. I watch it on the internet. I like it. It’s good for me. I’m not joking. Really, 1,000 times, maybe more.”

I may have messed with Werdum in the headline, but darn, if I had beaten Fedor, I’d watch that video every moment of my life too. I’d wake up to it on my alarm clock, stick a video of it in the shower, and I’d install flat screens for mirrors in my bathroom so I could watch it while brushing my teeth and making a daily deposit. Heck, wouldn’t you? I mean if you can’t celebrate a victory over the greatest MMA fighter ever, what can you celebrate?

Shocker: Fedor Loses to Werdum

The biggest upset in MMA history occurred on Saturday night in San Jose. Fighting in a co-promoted Strikeforce/M-1 Global card, the greatest heavyweight and fighter in MMA history, Fedor Emelianenko, lost to Fabricio Werdum. To give you an idea of what a stunner this was, I hardly bothered to pay any attention to this fight, figuring Fedor would win and wind up meeting Alistair Overeem for his final fight with Strikeforce. I and many others were proven wrong as Werdum scored a victory for Jiu Jitsu, mastering Fedor on the ground and getting him to tap in the first. Here’s a video of Fedor losing to Fabricio Werdum in San Jose:

Fedor’s official record is now 31-2 but this was really his first true loss. It’s a stunner to be certain, but there isn’t much shame in Fedor losing — it happens to everyone, even the best. Werdum was knocked down but took advantage once he had Fedor on the ground. We’ve seen Fedor escape tricky situations a number of times (see his fight with Hong Man Choi) but this time Werdum got him to submit. Strangely enough, Fedor seemed to be alright with losing for the first time noting that he was uncomfortable with being called a god and idol.

This turn of events certainly mucks up the heavyweight picture in MMA and keeps an eventual Fedor/Brock Lesnar pipe dream fight even further away from happening. I’m guessing it will be either a rematch with Werdum or a fight with Overeem next for Fedor and you can be sure I’ll be all over it next time.

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