Saturday night’s fights on Showtime’s Strikeforce have left many of us dumbfounded. Fedor Emelianenko, the current World Alliance of Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion (WAMMA), lost his first fight since 2000. With a record of 32-2, Fedor was undoubtedly favored for the win against Fabricio Werdum who is a mere 14-4. Surprisingly, at 69 seconds into the first round, Werdum put Fedor into a triangle choke with an armbar for the most notable win of his career. Having also defeated Fedor’s brother, Aleksander Emelianenko back in 2002 by arm traingle choke, Werdum is now the first person to ever win over both of the Emerlianenko brothers. The champ is next in line to fight Alistair Overeem for the Strikeforce Heavyweight Belt.
Another fight with some knarly poundage was the women’s Featherweight between Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (10-1) and Jan “Cuddles” Finney (8-8). Unsurprisingly, Cybrog busted into the first round with a flurry of punches and knees to the face, leaving Finney no opportunities to fight back. Many feel that the fight should never have made it to the second round, and there is a lot of blame being put on the referee, Kim Winslow, for not stopping it sooner.
Here are the final results to the other less interesting fights of the night:
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith – Le defeated Smith via KO (kick to the body) at 1:46 of round two.
Josh Thomson vs. Pat Healy – Thomson defeated Healy via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:27 of round three.
Ron Keslar vs. Chris Cope – Cope defeats Keslar via TKO (head kick and punches) at 4:32 of round two.
Bret Bergmark vs. Vagner Rocha – Bergmark defeats Rocha via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26).
Yancey Medeiros vs. Gareth Joseph – Medeiros defeated Joseph via KO (punches) at 1:19 of round two.
Bobby Stack vs. Derrick Burnsed – Stack defeated Burnsed via split decision (29-28, 27-30, 29-28).