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Fedor Emelianenko Takes On Fabricio Werdum in a Joint Strikeforce/M1 Spectacular

posted by cradick on June-23-2010, 12:00am

The Strikeforce event on June 26th is bound to be one for the books as Strikeforce mixed martial arts joins up with M-1 Global to bring some of the toughest fighters in the world together within one caged ring. This is an extra special event because it combines Strikeforce MMA with M-1 Global, which allows it to be a complete world showcase of some of the world's best fighters. This showcase has a huge title card as Fedor Emelianenko (who is actually a co-owner of M-1 Global) takes on Fabricio Werdum in a heavyweight bout that promises to entertain.

Fedor Emelianenko- also known as "The Last Emperor"- holds a record of 31-1. His only recorded loss comes from the fact that his fight with Tsuyoshi Kohsaka was stopped when Emelianenko suffered a gash in the opening seconds of the fight. Even though he has a loss to tarnish his undefeated streak, "The Last Emperor" understands that numbers don't mean anything when you're inside the cage.

"Fedor" has been at the top as the best heavyweight in the world for the better part of the last decade. He has taken down Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipović, Mark Coleman, and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira on his way there. On June 26th, he goes up against Fabricio Werdum (the number 9 heavyweight in the world) for a showdown that's bound to define the two fighters and the event.

Even though Emelianenko is the top heavyweight in the world he will have a lot on his hands going up against the jiu-jitsu technician, Fabricio Werdum. Werdum is known as "Vai Cavalo" or "Leading Horse" which speaks to his wild and free nature in the ring. It looks like it will be Emelianenko's job to tame Werdum if he wants victory.

However, the June 26th Strikeforce will not just be the main event. In fact, many more people are looking forward to the top woman in the world, Cris "Cyborg" Santos taking on Jan Finney. Most feel that Cyborg will take out Finney pretty easily and glide on to an effortless victory (even more so considering that Finney's nickname is "Cuddles"), but Finney has been known to be scrappy making the fight a good one to watch.

Plus, seeing Cris Cyborg in action is always an event in itself.

With both the male and female champions defending their titles on the same night, the June 26th Strikeforce event is destined to be an exciting evening for MMA fans.

By Alexia Krause - Alexia is a lifelong fan of sports and fitness. Recently, she's been obsessed with MMA. As a result, she has joined forces with MMA Industries- purveyors of widely popular MMA T-shirts and gear. Alexia has been writing about the latest developments in MMA equipment for the past few years, and continues to bring you the latest news in the mixed martial arts world.
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Like Big Brown, the Favorites go down at UFC 85

posted by cradick on June-9-2008, 8:10am

For those of you that watched or listened to the Belmont Stakes, you know that in a stunning development the favorite Big Brown didn't even finish the race. Much like Big Brown, most of the favorites at UFC 85 failed to reach the winner's circle.

I have to believe that Matt Hughes was a big favorite going into his match against Thiago Alves. In the second round, Alves landed a knee that sent Hughes to the mat seemingly ending his career. I don't believe he is done fighting, but everybody else seems to think so. I still want to see him fight Serra.

In the biggest upset of the night, Thiago Tavares was stunned by Matt Wiman. Most people, including me, already had Tavares penned in as the winner of this fight. Congratulations to Wiman who is suddenly a contender in the lightweight division.

In the matchup of Ultimate Fighters, Mike Swick once again proved why he is a force in MMA. He systematically broke down Marcus Davis for three rounds. Having doubted him as a legitimate contender, he scored big time with this latest win. The most impressive part was his ability to go three rounds, as opposed to his usual flash knockout or submission win. Expect a huge matchup for Swick real soon.

Finally, in a questionable stoppage Fabricio Werdum defeated Brandon Vera. The stoppage seemed a tad early, but I doubt it would have affected the eventual outcome. Werdum secured the mount position and was reigning down punches. Vera was defending himself, but the ref disagreed and stopped the fight. With this win, Werdum surely should find himself in line for a title shot.

All in all, the fights were entertaining, but the event lacked the usual buildup that one comes to expect. One can only imagine what this event would have been if Chuck Liddell had faced Mauricio Rua. Maybe next time.

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UFC 80 Rapid Fire: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Fabricio Werdum

posted by cradick on January-19-2008, 12:39pm

In my opinion, the fight between Gabriel Gonzaga and Fabricio Werdum is the easiest fight to call. Of course, I thought George St. Pierre over Matt Serra was a lock. Both fighters are coming off of loses to notable UFC fighters. Gonzaga lost a title match to Randy Couture and Werdum lost a very lackluster fight to Andrei Arlovski. In fact, the fight between Arlovski and Werdum is skewing my prediction on this fight. I think Gonzaga will submit Werdum early in the fight.

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