"Sambo is great. Jiu-jitsu is nothing special. We went over several jiu-jitsu guys like that before. I lost because of what happened. My loss was caused by my personal mistake in the cage… I lost my head. Wanted to finish it all as soon as possible. As far as the rumors about my last fight being set up... I was asked about it many times already. I will never go against my conscience and never betray my country like that. Money doesn't matter that much to me that I could lie to people. Since I lost to Werdum, it was meant to be. And I'm thankful to God it happened that way."
Former top ranked heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko endears himself to the grappling community by shrugging off the effectiveness of jiu-jitsu in a mixed martial arts contest. "The Last Emperor" was submitted by Fabricio Werdum (triangle choke) under the Strikeforce banner back on June 26 but insists it was his mistake -- not Werdum's skill -- that led to his shocking downfall. Anyone care to disagree? And why does Emelianenko blame himself and credit God -- but give no props to "Vai Cavalo?"