After 28 fights over the span of nine-and-a-half years, famed Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko has finally been defeated.
That's the big story coming out of the Strikeforce: "Fedor vs. Werdum" event, courtesy of a bookie-busting upset by Fabricio Werdum, who shocked Showtime viewers and a packed HP Pavilion with his submission win over the former PRIDE deity last night (June 26) in San Jose, California.
"Vai Cavalo" was put on his keister just seconds into the main event, but a charging "Emperor" apparently had his submission defense held up in customs.
Werdum earned his shot at Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem by submitting Emelianenko with a slick triangle/armbar combination that dropped the iron curtain on Emelianenko -- as well as the world's divisional and pound-for-pound rankings.
It may be safe to assume the Brazilian, perhaps for the first time since it happened, is glad he was cut by the UFC. And speaking of the world's largest fight promotion, anyone else think Zuffa boss Dana White just popped the cork on a bottle of champagne?
Cung Le, with actor Channing Tatum in his corner (seriously), wanted to prove that his stunning TKO loss to Scott Smith at last December's "Evolution" event was due to luck, not skill.
The San Shou striker was evasive in the opening minutes as "Hands of Steel" went into full bumrush mode, swinging for the fences and hoping that lightning would strike twice.
Clear skies in San Jose.
Le eventually found his rhythm and turned up the heat in the latter part of round one. He secured his revenge in a dominant second stanza, capitalizing on Smith's trademarked Venus de Milo defense for the technical knockout win.
Cung Le has returned, and will likely participate in the upcoming Strikeforce middleweight tournament if current division champion Jake Shields defects to the UFC.
Time will tell.
Strikeforce Women's Champion Cristiane Santos waltzed into her title defense against Jan Finney as a bloated -2000 favorite by the accounts of some sportbooks.
"Cuddles" may now be thinking that was a conservative estimate.
In a performance that was eerily reminiscent of feeding Christians to the lions, Finney was damn near devoured whole by a ruthless "Cyborg," who delivered four knockdowns in the first round alone.
Was Referee Kim Winslow's decision to let it continue a reckless one?
Santos was docked a point for being overly aggressive as she dropped multiple sledgehammers to the back of the noggin during one of her patented blitzkriegs.
Finney, to her credit, was able to hang on and run out the clock in a defensive strategy that I believe is referred to as "not dying."
The second round played out much like the first. Santos laughed off a few jabs and proceeded to go apeshit in the clinch. Finally, mercifully, Finney was spared another full round of abuse.
Apparently between rounds someone must have informed Winslow it wasn't a fight to the death.
Is there a doctor in the house? And more importantly, is there a female fighter in the game today who stands a chance against the Brazilian terminatrix?
Former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Josh Thomson was tasked with getting the "Shark Tank" warmed up for the Showtime telecast by throwing down with the venerable Pat Healy in the opening fight of the night.
"The Punk" did not disappoint.
Thomson went to hell and back with the larger and stronger "Bam Bam," but managed to keep his wits throughout the razor-close bout and secure a rear naked choke with less than a minute left in the final frame.
It didn't come easy -- and Healy definitely earned the respect of the crowd (and his peers) with an aggressive style and gritty performance. He gave Thomson all he could handle and likely claimed at least one of the first two rounds before running out of steam and succumbing to the last-minute submission.
A great show of heart and an impressive finish for the former champ. Where does Thomson go from here? Rumor has it that Lyle Beerbohm is looking to take a major step up in competition...
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